Plant-based Grilled Cheese For The 21st Century

Plant-based Grilled Cheese For The 21st Century

Article at a Glance

  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup have been a comfort food pairing for families for decades.
  • In the 1950s, this pairing was offered in school cafeterias to help increase protein in students lunches.
  • Read this article to learn how to recreate a healthier plant-based version of this classic combination.


The combination of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup is ingrained in our hearts – and for good reason. Not only does grilled cheese dip perfectly into rich tomato soup, but the two were strategically paired in order to increase protein and nutrient intake in children.

In the 1950s, school cafeterias throughout the United States began looking for ways to incorporate more vitamin C and protein into school lunches. They began serving tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, and the rest is history.

Today, grilled cheese and tomato soup has been a staple of family dinners for decades. This is why, when we were crafting our initial soup offerings, we knew we needed to create our own version of the much-loved tomato soup. And Red Pepper Pomodoro was born!

Grilled Cheese And Tomato Soup For The 21st Century

As we all find ourselves navigating the new challenges of the 21st century – from food quality, to supply chain, to ingredient quality and gut health – we think there is room for improvement in this traditional pairing. Our plant-based Red Pepper Pomodoro soup delivers an impeccable array of vitamins and nutrients that are essential to optimal gut function and overall health. In addition, we’ve fortified our soup with extra vitamin C for immune support.

If you’re in need of protein but wary of dairy, check out one of the many non-dairy substitutes that are available today. At 18 Chestnuts, we turn to Darë Vegan Cheese – locally made in Asheville! – for our sandwiches. The flavors they produce are outstanding! And they will challenge you to think outside of the box when it comes to grilled cheese. For example, Darë’s balsamic fig plant-based cheese on gluten-free bread, paired with our Red Pepper Pomodoro, makes an unforgettable meal.

However you choose to make your grilled cheese sandwich, we have the perfect soup to pair with it. Sign up for a monthly soup subscription today!

18 Chestnuts crafts delicious, plant-based soups that deliver on nutrition and flavor. We offer soup subscriptions and one-time orders, as well as soup gift options. Whether you’re too busy to cook, want a nutritious option, have dietary restrictions or want to send soup to someone who needs a comforting meal, 18 Chestnuts is for you!

With a wide range of all-natural soup flavors including Beetroot Apple, Red Pepper Pomodoro, Carrot Ginger Dill, Butternut Squash & Pear, and Asparagus Shiitake, our soup will thrill your tastebuds. All 18 Chestnuts soups are dairy-free and nutrient dense.

Savor the experience of soup. Schedule your 18 Chestnuts soup delivery today.