Can we talk about this weather? It is the oddest. Over the weekend the sun was out, the temperature was perfect, and we were walking around in short-sleeves. Tomorrow there is a wintery mix in the forecast. What is this craziness? Some of my northern friends may joke about this, but having lived in North Carolina my whole life I can safely say that I have never seen wintery weather this late in the season before. While I am more than ready for spring weather, the cold temperatures and nasty weather give me another excuse to keep making my favorite homemade tomato soup.
Tomato soup is my go-to cold weather recipe. There is something so warm and comforting about it. This version is so easy and makes enough for multiple dinners and lunches, which I always appreciate because it means less lunch prep for the rest of the week (yay!). Over the past few months, we have made a big batch of it on Sunday night and packed it in lunches or heated it up for nights when we both had late classes or work events. Because it is also quick to throw together, we try to keep all of the ingredients on hand for nights when we want to veer off the meal plan to save time.
One of my favorite snow day meals is grilled cheese and tomato soup, and with so much more snow than usual this year, I feel like I have the combo down pat. I can throw together this soup in less than 30 minutes and let it simmer as I slowly cook the perfect grilled cheese to use for dipping. With a surprising protein-packed addition and no cream in sight, this soup is a healthy alternative to the typical creamy tomato soup, but still delicious enough to eat for multiple meals a week.