Marcella Hazan Tomato Bisque and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Tomato soup with grilled cheese on white plate

I know what you’re thinking… “Why am I even reading this recipe?”. The answer, this isn’t your momma’s grilled cheese and tomato bisque. This is Marcella Hazan style tomato bisque and gouda and white cheddar grilled cheese. Yeah, put that in your mouth and eat it!

We created the Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce and thought it was simple, elegant and amazing. So one cold afternoon we decided to make the sauce into a bisque and some grilled cheese. We had just bought Gouda (because its good-a… sorry) and White Cheddar cheese. So we decided to put those in between two sourdough pieces and enjoy that melted cheesy delicious sandwich.

Grilled cheese and tomato bisque on white plate
Tomato soup with grilled cheese on white plate

Gouda and White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

Creamy and cheesy grilled cheese to pair with your favorite soup!
Course Main Course
Keyword Cheddar, cheese, Grilled cheese, Sandwiches
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 14 people


Grilled Cheese

  • 1 block gouda cut to slices
  • 1 block white cheddar chese cut to slices
  • 1 loaf your favorite bread
  • 3 tbsp butter


Gouda and White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

  • Take the block of gouda and white cheddar cheese and chop up into slices
  • Coat outsides of bread with butter
  • Heat skillet on medium heat and add 1-2 tbsp of butter
  • Once butter melted place bread (butter side down) and places 2 slices of gouda and 2 slices of white cheddar on top of bread
  • Put top piece of bread (butter side up) on top of the cheese and let sit for a few minutes until bread is browned and crispy
  • Flip sandwich and wait until bread is browned on the bottom and cheese is melting
  • If cheese isn't melted yet, lower heat (cover skillet with top if you have one) and wait for cheese to melt
  • Once cheese is melted to your liking, remove from skillet let sit 1-2 minutes and slice in half to serve
Tomato bisque with grilled cheese on plate

So there’s the recipe for the grilled cheese. Truth be told the Marcella Hazan tomato bisque is very very simple. Take the tomato sauce we love to make and add heavy cream and parmesan cheese. For the heavy cream just add until it looks like an orange-ish creamy color and for the parmesan cheese, just add until your hearts content. It’s as simple as that!

Tomato soup with grilled cheese on white plate

Creamy Tomato Bisque

Course Main Course, Soup
Keyword Bisque, Soup, Tomato, Tomato Bisque
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people


  • 6 heirloom tomatoes
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • ½ white onion
  • 5 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated


  • Slice a thin X on the bottom of each tomato
  • Add tomatoes to pot of boiling water
  • After 1 minute remove tomatoes and place in bowl of ice water to cool
  • Peel and crush heirloom tomatoes
  • In stock pot add butter, onion, pinch of salt, crushed red pepper, crushed garlic, and crushed tomatoes
  • Simmer for 45 minutes or until thicken to your liking
  • Stir every so often and crush tomato chunks
  • Taste and add salt and heavy cream and stir till mixed well
  • Add ¼ cup parmesan cheese at a time until you get your desired flavor
  • Remove onion and garlic from bisque and serve with grilled cheese or your favorite bread

This meal is fast, easy and perfect for cold days where you need to do a million things and don’t want to spend a fortune eating out. The bisque you can make with very little monitoring. It takes about 30 minutes anyways, just set a timer to check it every five minutes or so. The grilled cheese will take you 5-6 minutes to cook and that’s it. Whoever you make this for will be so happy to have a home cooked meal that tastes delicious and the best part is, you don’t have to sacrifice a lot of time to make it.

Welp, that wraps up this episode of marvelous munch. As always, we hope you enjoy this recipe. From our kitchen to yours, enjoy!

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