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Roasted Tomato + Hatch Chile Soup with a Grilled Cheese (of course)

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 35 mins

Ingredients

Roasted Tomato Hatch Chile Soup

  • 3 1/2 pounds roma tomatoes halved
  • 2 hatch chiles halved, ends trimmed with seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1/4 yellow onion peeled and roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves

Hatch Chile Grilled Cheese

  • 1 roasted hatch chile diced
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese of choice (I used a blend)
  • 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter

Instructions

To Make the Roasted Tomato Hatch Chile Soup:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. To a baking sheet, add the halved roma tomatoes and halved hatch chiles. Sprinkle the tomatoes and chiles with salt and drizzle the tomatoes with one tablespoon for olive oil. Transfer to the oven to roast for about 1 hour, until they’re super juicy and a little shriveled up. Let them cool slightly on your kitchen counter.
  • To a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. When warm, add the chopped onion and garlic cloves. Cook until softened about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender.
  • Using a pair of tongs, add the roasted tomato and one of the hatch chiles (we’re gonna use the other hatch chile for the grilled cheese). You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Pulse until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the soup into medium pot, set over medium-low heat. Add about 1/4 cup of water to the blender (you can eyeball this) and swish it around to get all the leftover soup off the sides of the blender. And pour that water/soup mixture to the pot.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer for about 20 minutes, just so all of the flavors merry together. Give it a taste and add salt to taste. I added about 2 teaspoons.

To Make a Hatch Chile Grilled Cheese:

  • Meanwhile, make the grilled cheese. I think grilled cheeses are a bit personal. But I like to smear softened butter on the outside slices of the grilled cheese. I add about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to each grilled cheese and a handful of the diced hatch chiles. I add the grilled cheese to a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. And then cover it with a lid. I cook the grilled cheese for about 3 minutes per side. And that’s it!
  • Serve with soup.

Nutrition

Serving: 4g