Spinach Pesto Grilled Cheese Kabobs with Double Goodness Tomato Soup

Before jet-setting to Miami, the girls and I made a Target trip to get our vacation essentials. They got toiletries in 3 oz. or less… I got the Fun Stuff Silly Snacks cookbook. Logical. (Side-note: I also got Fun Stuff Cupcakes. May have a problem here) One of the first entries in the “Reinvented Classics” chapter was Grilled Cheese Kabobs.

I had always been afraid to make grilled “cheese”. What would it taste like? Fake cheese in small amounts is usually fine because I mix it with other things and it’s close enough in taste to satisfy my craving. But a whole sandwich? That’s a lot of fake cheese! Enter daiya. I had been hearing good things ever since Amy’s started using it. After some hesitation I decided to give it a go and… WOW. Just wow. Never have I tasted something that brought me back to pre-lactose-intolerant Joanna.

Always searching for ways to add in vegetables I modified this grilled cheese from Closet Cooking and paired it with some Double Goodness Tomato Soup.
Serves 4.

Ingredients:

Grilled Cheese:

Spinach Pesto:

  • 1 cup baby spinach (packed)
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 TB walnuts
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and zest)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Tomato Soup:

  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB earth balance natural buttery spread
  • 1 large leek, chopped and washed
  • 20 sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 14.5 oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a Dutch oven, heat the oil and butter on low heat. Stir in leeks and cook until leeks are soft but not turning brown, 3-4 min. Add in sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, and water and continue to cook for 3 minutes. Pour in the canned tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 min.

While the soup is cooking, you can make the pesto for the sandwich. It’s really easy! Add all the ingredients into a food processor and blend. Done!

After the 15 minutes is up, remove the soup from heat, and puree with an immersion blender. Add salt and pepper and simmer for 5 more minutes.

Now time for the sandwich! Heat a grill pan on low. For each sandwich assemble 2 slices of bread, 1 TB butter, 3 TB pesto, and 1/4 cup mozzarella. Grill about 7 min each side or until cheese is nice and gooey. To make kabobs cut into 1-in. squares and skewer. I liked the idea of having bite-sized sandwich pieces to dip in the soup, but easily could’ve just dipped the whole thing =).