Photographs: Marvin Gapultos

A grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup are perhaps the most comforting of soup and sandwich combos. For me, the mere mention of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup always seems to conjure memories of rainy days from my youth —though I'm not sure if I'm actually remembering events from my own childhood, or some Kraft and/or Cambell's soup commercial.

As an adult, the combination is still just as comforting, but for convenience's sake, here's a way to incorporate the soup into the sandwich. A grilled cheese sandwich made with sharp white cheddar cheese is given new life when studded with sun-dried tomatoes, and spread with harissa, a spicy Tunisian condiment of various red peppers. And instead of using butter to brown and crisp this sandwich, dip a pastry brush into the olive oil in which the sun-dried tomatoes were packed. Then lightly brush the outer sides of the sandwich with the infused oil for an additional hit of tomato essence.

A grilled cheese sandwich with sun-dried tomatoes and Harissa—a spicy soup and sandwich all in one.

About the author: Marvin Gapultos is the author of the Filipino food blog, Burnt Lumpia. His first cookbook is due out in 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @BurntLumpia.

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