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I can always tell when it’s officially fall when I start craving warm bowls of soup. It’s not even funny how many bowls I could consume; just fill it to the brim and let me drench my bread in all that broth.

Soup & bread leaves me deliriously happy. Can you get high off grilled cheese? Just wondering.

Oh and not like it’s a secret or anything, but if I’m alone I’ll sip it slowly from the bowl. Let’s not pretend I’m the only one, internet friends.

But let me ask you a serious question: what is soup without a sandwich? Without crusty toasted buttered bread and melty cheese in the middle? Well, it just isn’t the same. Trust me, I know this bread and soup thing. Or at least I can claim to since I’ve got this food blog thing going on.

Really, what I’m wondering is if you’re ready to make a FREAKING AMAZING soup and sandwich combo?

Great — I thought so!

Butta that bread!

Add some whole milk mozz. Or pepper jack if you prefer. They melt perfectly.

Top the bread with turkey bacon and sliced of ripe avocado.

Maybe some tomatoes and fresh basil, too? Your call!

Wait ‘til everything gets all melty and lovely. The salty turkey bacon is the perfect contrast to the creamy, warm avocado, but mozzarella is my favorite part of the entire sandwich. You can also get creative and add other ingredients like tomatoes and basil or perhaps some pepperoni, which elevate the flavor profile of the sandwich even more.

Quick tip: Make sure you use a nice hearty artisan bread. I purchased mine from the Whole Foods bakery and cut it thick to ensure a nice, lovely crunch.

Last but definitely not least, this sandwich deserves an excellent soup pairing so choose wisely! I choose the new Creamy Tomato Progresso® Artisan Soup. It has the flavor of classic tomato soup with zesty roasted peppers, garlic, and olive oil.

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this soup. For reals, guys.

In fact, Progresso® recently came out with an entire Artisan soup line that were all really delicious: Butternut Squash Masala Curry (OMG YUM), Creamy Tomato, Smoky White Bean, Creamy Potato, and Rustic Tomato. You can read more about their passion for ingredients and soup here: http://www.progressoartisan.com.

Are you a sandwich and soup dipper? I totally am. Time for you to make a sandwich.


Turkey Bacon, Avocado, & Mozzarella Grilled Cheese + Artisan Tomato Soup
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A lovely grilled cheese made with turkey bacon, avocado, and mozzarella!
  • 2 slices artisan whole grain bread
  • 3 ounces mozzarella
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1-2 slices turkey bacon
  • sliced roma tomatoes, if desired
  • 2 basil leaves
  • butter, for spreading
  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. Slice the mozzarella and lay on unbuttered sides of the bread. Add avocado and turkey bacon (plus tomato and basil, if desired) top with remaining slices of buttered bread.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add in sandwich. Cover with a lid and cook about 5 minutes, or until golden brown on bottom.
  4. Carefully flip sandwich, reduce heat to medium and cook a few more minutes or until the cheese has melted and bread is golden brown. Enjoy immediately!

Thank you Progresso® Artisan Soups and Technorati Media for being sponsors of this article. All opinions expressed here are my own.