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Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
with pureed butternut squash and carrot soup

Active: 30 min Total: 40 min

A hot sammie and a smooth soup are a perfect fall combination. We double the soup to make Thursday's dinner super simple.
Smarts: Microwave butternut squash for a few minutes to make it easy to peel and chop.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches:
  • Sandwich bread - 8 slices
  • Butter - 4 Tbsp
  • Cheese (like Swiss, gruyere, provolone) - 8 slices
  • Dijon mustard - 1 Tbsp to 4 Tbsp
  • Ham - 8 slices
Pureed Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup (for two dinners):
  • Butternut squash, large - 1, cubed ((look for a 3 lb squash))
  • Garlic - 4 cloves, minced
  • Onions (medium) - 1, chopped
  • Carrots - 2, peeled and chopped
  • Cooking oil - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock - 6 to 7 cups
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Maple syrup - to taste

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Prep

  1. Butternut squash / Garlic / Onions / Carrots - These soup ingredients are enough for two nights of dinner. Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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Make

  1. Heat up a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then garlic and onions to heated oil with a dash of salt. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes.
  2. Next add in butternut squash and carrots. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover veggies, and then bring to a boil. Simmer for ~10 minutes with lid on.
  3. While soup is simmering, butter one side of each piece of bread with about 1/2 tbsp (7 ml) of butter each. Lay out bread buttered-side down. Layer with cheese, Dijon, ham, another slice of cheese and top with bread, buttered-side up. Continue until all sandwiches are made.
  4. Heat up a griddle or a skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches onto heated surface (as many as can fit) and press down throughout the grilling process with a spatula. Flip once the first side is golden, ~ 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. After soup has simmered and squash is tender, puree with an immersion / stick blender (like in this video) when it’s cool enough to work with (or transfer into a blender in batches). If using an immersion blender, I like to move the pot into the kitchen sink in case of spattering. Puree until smooth. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. We use unsalted homemade broth, so we added ~1 1/2 tsp (7 ml) salt to our final product to make it taste like we wanted. If you want the soup to be sweeter, consider adding maple syrup. Reserve half the soup for Thursday.
  6. Enjoy your fall soup and sammie combo! This grilled ham and cheese is great dipped into the soup too.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (52)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (15)

28 reviews

Liked the sandwich, subbed pears with apples. Super quick- added hummus on the bread, and I skipped the butter. Butternut squash soup was a bit bland, definitely not the best I’ve made.

By: Victoria
Posted: Sep 25, 2017
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I converted this to be made in an electric pressure cooker and didn't make the sandwiches. I added cumin and chili powder to the soup to give it a little southwestern flavor. I topped it with pumpkin seeds, bacon crumbles, sour cream, and a little hot sauce. It was pretty good.

By: Heather
Posted: Jan 28, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I just made the grilled cheese with pears and it was delicious!

By: Bianca
Posted: Mar 28, 2015
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I will probably add some spices next time to make the soup more flavorful, but other than that this was was a great meal for a cold rainy day!

By: Alexandra
Posted: Jan 12, 2015
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We really liked this one. Very easy to make too. My husband thought the soup was a little bland like a lot of the commenters, but I loved it and am tickled to have soup left over to bring for lunch for a couple of days. This one is definitely a keeper!

By: Hope
Posted: Dec 30, 2014
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Soup was good. Didn't make the sandwich part.

By: Meryl
Posted: Dec 20, 2014
Diet: Original
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