My kids love grilled cheese and so do I. Sometimes I want to make mine a little more grown up but I don’t want to do any extra work. Tonight I made tomato basil soup and grilled cheese with pesto. It was so delicious.

For the tomato basil soup all you need is two ingredients a jar of pasta sauce and one cup of milk. I used Newmans Own tomato basil pasta sauce. Heat your sauce and milk in a sauce pan and serve. I came across this recipe when I was looking for a way to use up the dozens of jars of sauce we have stacking up in the basement. My husband works for a company that makes all different store and name brand pasta sauces. I was a little skeptical at first but pasta sauce really does make excellent tomato soup.

For the pesto grilled cheese I use jarred pesto from Progresso. I love pesto but it doesn’t make sense to make it myself in the winter when there’s no basil growing in my garden and honestly the jarred stuff is pretty darn good. The only difference from making this and a regular grilled cheese is that you spread pesto on one half of your sandwich before you grill it. This is a great, quick and satisfying work night meal. The best part is that the kids can have their grilled cheese and I can have mine (on gluten free bread of course).

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