All the cues for the fall season are herethe crisp breeze, the changing leaves, and the ubiquitous use of pumpkins in every recipe and product. But nothing is better about the season than the indulgent, comfortable lifestyle, properly known as hygge, the Danish term for a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being. (Pronounced hoo-guh).
Hygge life means treating yourself with whatever makes you feel good inside. If youre aspiring to achieve this level of comfort, a good place to start is by giving yourself a liberal helping of tomato soup, and a rich, substantive side thatll keep you warm and toasty. Whats ahead will show how you can make a warm, tangy tomato soup into a full meal (and check out our Creamy Tomato Soup with Grilled-Cheese Sandwich Dumplings recipe, pictured above, for one more classic pairing in a slightly new format).
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Classic Tomato Soup with Panko Mozzarella Sticks
Lets start with the classic tomato soup. Its saltiness and acidity make it good on its own, but you can also break up the uniformity by pairing it with some mozzarella sticks (the same way you might a grilled cheese sandwich). That way you can go back and forth between spoonfuls of tomato soup, and bites of oozing, cheesy goodness.
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Mexican-Inspired Tomato Soup with a Fried Catfish PoBoy
Need something heartier and with a little more kick to it? Try a spicier or Mexican-inspired variety of tomato soup, and pair it with a Fried Catfish PoBoy. This time you get some heat with the addition of some traditional Southern flavor profiles like Tabasco sauce, cayenne peppers, and Cajun seasoning.
Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Shrimp Ceviche and Avocado Salad
Tomatoes, shrimp, avocado, and greens work so well together in this basic but tasty match-up. Its a little more summery as well, but itll be a refreshing change if you want something that isnt so heavy. For the ceviche, cook the shrimp for about 4 minutes in a pot of boiling water, then throw it into an ice bath so that it doesnt continue to cook. Afterwards, take a large bowl and mix onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, pepper, vinegar, olive oil, jalapeo, clam juice, cumin, and honey, add in the shrimp, and refrigerate it for at least two hours. The longer you let it marinate, the better. Serve the salad with fresh avocado, alongside fire roasted tomato basil soup, and youve got a full meal.
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with a Grilled Tuna Melt
The grilled tuna melt is a comfort food classic, and an essential for American hygge living. Dress up the tuna with onions, celery, mayo, paprika, chives, peas, onions, vinegar, and olive oil, and spread over 2 slices of bread with pickles and cheese. Press the 2 halves together and apply liberal amounts of butter on each side before placing into the frying pan; cook both sides until golden. Both the grilled tuna melt and creamy tomato basil soup are quick to make, and are easily a family favorite.
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Roasted Garlic & Tomato Soup with a BLT
The BLT will always be an American classic, but that doesnt mean you cant upgrade this traditional lunch recipe. Give your BLT more character by throwing in peppercorn-crusted bacon, pesto, mayo, mustard, and sprouts. Youll get crunch, creamy avocado, juice, and smoke, all in one bite. Pair this with roasted garlic and tomato soup, and youll have a lunch everyone will be asking about at the office.
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