Tomato Soup With Roast Beef, Cheddar & Horseradish Panini

Makes 4 servings; 666 calories per serving


2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for the grill pan
2 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
3 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
kosher salt and black pepper
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
8 slices sandwich bread
8 ounces thinly sliced roast beef
8 ounces sharp white Cheddar, sliced
2 cups baby arugula (1 1/2 ounces)


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes (with their juices), broth, thyme, and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 15 to 20 minutes. Working in batches, in a blender, puree the mixture until smooth.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and horseradish. Form sandwiches with the bread, roast beef, Cheddar, arugula, and half the horseradish mixture. Heat a lightly oiled grill pan over medium heat and cook the sandwiches until the cheese is melted, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

3. Top the soup with the remaining horseradish mixture and serve with the sandwiches.




Photo: Christopher Baker