Grilled Cheese-and-Kale Sandwiches with Tomato Soup

February 2011
Grilled Cheese-and-Kale Sandwiches with Tomato Soup

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 14 1/2 ounce can  chopped tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can  vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound kale, tough stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 8 slices  multigrain bread
  • 8 slices  havarti cheese
Directions
  1. In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the carrot, cover and cook for 5 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and vegetable broth, bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. Stir in the cream and, using an immersion blender, puree until smooth; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the kale, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. On a work surface, layer each of 4 bread slices with 1 slice of cheese and some of the kale, then top with a second slice of cheese and bread. Brush the outside of the sandwiches with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil. Grill, turning once, until the cheese is melted and grill marks appear, about 5 minutes. Serve with the tomato soup.
Tip
  • Fold the kale leaves in half and cut along the stems to remove any tough bits.
Tip
  • Spice up the soup by adding a pinch of cayenne pepper.
Tip
  • Bring leftover soup to a boil and reduce to a sauce, then toss with cooked pasta.
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