Claudia Sanders Tomato Soup with Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese

Yesterday my BFF (am I too old to say that?) sent me a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich made with garlic bread and followed it with the words, "Wouldn't that be delicious with tomato soup?".   I followed that up with complete silence while I wiped the drool off my face.  Then I immediately called my mom for the recipe she uses for tomato soup.  I then spent the next day and a half completely consumed with thoughts of gooey grilled cheese and creamy tomato soup.  
 
What goes together better than grilled cheese and tomato soup, I ask?  The answer: nothing.   Forget that stuff in a can.  It has nothing on this soup.  
 
Right about now you're probably wondering who in the heck Claudia Sanders is.  Well, she just happened to be married to a guy who went by the name Colonel Sanders.  Ringing any bells yet?  That's right.  The founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken!  Claudia has some of her own delicious recipes that haven't become as famous as her other half, except maybe in some parts of Kentucky.  She has a restaurant named after her in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  (Of course the website is under going some maintenance but here is the link anyway)
 
I'm not sure what prompted my mother to make this one day but I'm sure glad she did.  It is by far my favorite tomato soup.  Whenever I'm sick, this is my first request.  It will fix what ails you.  Trust me.  Now, in true Patsy fashion, she adds more sugar than most of you may want but since it's what she does, I do it too.  You can't leave the sugar out all together though because it cuts the acidity of the tomato juice.  She has tweaked the recipe from Mrs. Sanders cookbook recipe.  I'm sure if you search for it you can find it though.  
 
With this soup sitting on the kitchen counter I'm way too distracted to be talking to y'all.  I'm just going to give you the recipe and get back to thawing out with my soup!
 
Claudia Sander's Tomato Soup
 
Ingredients
 
1 (46 ounce) can tomato juice
1/2 cup diced onion
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups milk
 
In a dutch oven or soup pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter.  Add onion and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.  Mix in the salt and flour and cook for 3-4 more minutes.  Stir in sugar, white pepper and baking soda.
 
Slowly whisk in the tomato juice.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes.  Add milk and cook for 5 more minutes.  
 
Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese
 
4 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
Bread
Cheese (I prefer mozzarella for this particular sandwich)
 
Melt the butter.  Add the garlic and parsley.  Cook for low heat for about 10 minutes.  
 
Brush 1 side of the bread with butter.  Place butter side down in pan.  Cover with cheese and another piece of bread, butter side out.  Cook until bread has turned a golden brown.  
 
Enjoy by dipping in some delicious tomato soup!!
 

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