Whip up a deli-style meal at home when you make this Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup. Paired with a simple Rotisserie Chicken Three-Cheese Panini, this 30-minute meal combo is the perfect comfort food.
No matter what your experience level is in the kitchen, it pays to have a handful of simple recipes you can make in a pinch. Easy recipes like this Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup combine a few fresh ingredients you probably already have on hand with common pantry staples. Add a quick deli-inspired sandwich like this gooey Rotisserie Chicken Three-Cheese Panini for a complete deli-style meal in no time. The best part about this comfort food meal is you can make it for one person or for a group.
Deli-Style Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup
I have been crushing on canned fire-roasted tomatoes lately. They are a great foundation for sauces, salsas, and this Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup recipe. There’s a smokiness you don’t get with regular canned tomatoes. My biggest piece of advice is to get the highest quality you can afford, preferably with no salt added. You really want to control the amount of seasoning in any recipe. Sometimes you can even find a brand with extras like onions and garlic in there too.
Pair it with a Rotisserie Chicken Three-Cheese Panini
Pairing soup with a hearty sandwich like this Rotisserie Chicken Three-Cheese Panini can take your meal from simple to simply amazing. It feels a little criminal to call this a recipe though. To be honest, it’s more like a really good suggestion! Ciabatta bread is my favorite for a panini because it really holds up to all the cheese in this sandwich. Stick to melty cheeses like Muenster, Havarti, Fontina, or a Monterey Jack. There are some really great ones like the Tomato Basil Jack you see here. If you want to be a rebel, leave the chicken skin on for even more flavor!
From there, you can add your favorite toppings. Scope out the deli for things like roasted red peppers, an olive tapenade, or pesto. Then be sure to add greens like arugula or spinach for freshness. I included the recipe for a fresh herb mayo as a Home Chef Tip in the recipe card below.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large shallot or 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1/4 cup roasted garlic cloves, homemade or from the deli section
- 1+ cups vegetable stock
- 1 14-oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
- 4 sprigs thyme, leaves removed
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 slices Ciabatta bread
- 2 slices melty cheese (Muenster, Havarti, Fontina, or Monterey Jack)
- Rotisserie chicken, as much as you'd like
- Roasted red peppers
- Fresh herb mayo
- Fresh arugula
- Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat.
- Add shallots, cook 2-3 minutes.
- Mix in tomato paste and roasted garlic, cook 2 minutes.
- Stir in 1 cup vegetable stock, scrape bits off bottom of sauce pan.
- Stir in fire-roasted tomatoes and thyme.
- Use an immersion blender to purée soup to desired consistency. Add more stock as needed. Can also be pulsed in a regular blender.
- Salt and pepper, to taste.
- Bring soup to a low boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes until hot.
- Brush the Ciabata with oil.
- Spread mayo on both of the insides.
- Place slice of cheese on the bottom, load with chicken, then the other slice of cheese, then arugula, pesto, red peppers (and whatever else you'd like to include), cover with other slice of bread.
- In a panini press, toast the sandwich until slightly brown and crispy.
Home Chef Tip: To make herb topping, mix together 3 tbsp sour cream, 2 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp chopped chives, 1/2 tbsp fresh chopped dill, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, and 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Keep your leftovers too because rotisserie chicken is a wonderfully versatile recipe ingredient for more than just sandwiches. You can’t make my 20 Minute Spicy Rotisserie Chicken Soup without it!
We hope you enjoy this Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup and Rotisserie Chicken Three-Cheese Panini from SoFabFood Home Chef, Loriann from Thyme for Cocktails, as much as we do. If you love this simple deli-style meal, you can find more like it by visiting our Lunch section. For daily recipe inspiration, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Pinterest. Enjoy!