Gluten Free Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Fall has quickly turned into winter in Chicago. It snowed pretty much all day Sunday, then parts of Tuesday and Wednesday, which means this guy had to get to work on shoveling. Thankfully, there is no driveway to shovel – only sidewalks, which is quick and relatively painless.

When the weather is this cold (sub-20), I am always in the mood for warm comfort food. Well, grilled cheese and tomato soup is about the most comforting of the comfort foods, so why not make that?!

This is another recipe in my Gluten Free on a Budget series – recipes for two people under $5 total. I have found that I am not being as wasteful during grocery shopping since I started this, which was my ultimate goal. If you and your family are sick and tired of large grocery bills while eating gluten free, I urge you to take a look at some of the recipes on the GFOAB page. There aren’t many recipes there yet, but I am hoping one day there will be dozens to choose from.

gluten free grilled cheese

Add butter to the outside of the sandwich and put on the skillet

gluten free grilled cheese sandwich

Sandwich ready to eat!

Gluten Free Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Gluten Free Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup


  • 4 slices of gluten free bread
  • Butter
  • 4 slices of cheese (use your favorite kind of cheese. Cheddar is always good.)
  • Tomato Soup (make sure it's gluten free, some aren't)


  1. Put two slices of cheese in between two pieces of bread to create two sandwiches.
  2. Butter the outsides of each sandwich (both sides).
  3. In a skillet on medium heat, place the sandwiches and cook for a couple minutes until bottom is golden-brown. (You can cover the skillet with aluminum foil to keep heat in; I have found this to melt the cheese better.)
  4. Flip sandwiches over and continue cooking until other side is golden-brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Remove sandwiches from heat.
  6. Serve with warm tomato soup. Enjoy!

Total cost of the ingredients:

4 slices of gluten free bread – $1

Butter – $0.10

4 slices of cheese – $0.50

Tomato soup – $3

Total meal cost – $4.60

It’s important to note that not all tomato soup is gluten free. In fact, I think the majority of the brands that I sifted through at the store contained gluten, so your best bet is to look for the tomato soup in the health food section. All-natural soup is more likely to be gluten free.

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