I’ve had a craving for the past few days for a classic grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. It probably has to do with the weather. So far this month, it’s gotten above freezing on 8 out of 23 days. Most days the high temperature is around the teens or low 20’s, and some days you wake up and it’s double digits below zero. It’s enough to make you say, “I need something crunchy, creamy, warm and cheesy! I don’t care how much it costs! Give it to me!”

Grilled Cheese (1)

Ingredients for grilled cheese and tomato soup


Ingredient Cost Unit size price
1 tbsp Butter $0.13 Butter box!
Campbells Tomato Soup $0.82 4 pack for $3.29
3 slices Cheese $0.84 10 slice pack for $2.79
Two slices of good bread $0.57 $3.99 a loaf
15 oz of Milk $0.46 $3.95 a gallon
Total $2.82
Servings 1
Cost Per Serving $2.82


I’m not going to insult you by linking to a recipe with this one.  We all know how to make a delicious grilled cheese and Campbell’s tomato soup from a can. It’s one of the classic American meals. I’ve made more extravagant grilled cheeses in the past with ham or sausages in it, or shredded cheese inside mixed with butter (aids meltability) so this grilled cheese could’ve been better, but it hit the spot.

Grilled Cheese (2)

So much of the quality of a grilled cheese is predetermined by your bread and cheese picks. I went cheap on the cheese, but leveled up my bread game. Heidelberg is the best bread around, in my opinion. Super grainy and crustier than most store-bought breads. It will hold its own against any cheese. Do you see that old lady on the bag? That old lady means quality.  I haven’t bought it in a while because I had a memory of it being very expensive, but it’s really not. $3.99 a loaf is comparable to many crappier brands. Heidelberg is made in Herkimer county, New York, and unfortunately is probably only available regionally. But you probably have something comparable.

Campbell’s tomato soup? You already know how that is. I make mine with milk.

The tomato soup drags down the deliciousness quotient of this meal overall. I give it a 5, and even at that score, a lot of it is riding on nostalgia.  I give the grilled cheese an 8, which averages out to a 6.5 for the meal.  A homemade tomato soup would garner a much higher rating.

Deliciousness Rating: 6.5
(Where 1 is gross, 5 is good, and 10 is the 4-H club’s chocolate milkshake)

The standings so far:

Recipe Cost Per Serving Deliciousness
Curried Yellow Split Pea & Carrot Soup $0.91 7
Curried Pea & Carrot Soup with Linguica $1.32 8
Garden Vegetable Stew $1.61 4
Cod Chowder $2.03 7
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup $2.82 6.5


* The stated deliciousness of each recipe is solely the opinion of the author. Cost is objective, but your tastes may vary.