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Tom Holland’s Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

About the Recipe

Campbell’s Tomato soup (made with one can of milk, not water) and a grilled cheese sandwich. I was raised on it, my mother made it for dinner whenever she was just home from work, out of time, and no food in the pantry, which was a lot of times. Reach for the Campbells.
I loved it so much that I wrote it into Psycho 2 when Norman Bates (the brilliant Tony Perkins) tells Meg Tilly how his mother made it for him. Yup, that mother, the one who drove him to kill all those people.
So, think twice when you reach for comfort food, tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich anyway.


  • One Can Campbell’s Tomato Soup

  • 1 C Whole Milk

  • 2 Slices White Bread

  • 2 Slices American Cheese


  1. Pour the can of soup into a medium saucepan.

  2. Add milk to the soup and blend with a spoon or ladle.

  3. Place the pan on a medium-high stove burner.

  4. While the soup is heating slowly so as not to curdle the milk, butter both sides of the bread, place the cheese between them, and place them in a pan under medium heat.

  5. When one side is browned, turn the sandwich over and brown the other side.

  6. When the cheese is melted, place the sandwich on a cutting board and cut it gently, diagonally with a serrated knife so as not to squeeze out too much of the melted cheese.

  7. Ladle the soup into a small bowl, add salt and pepper and enjoy Momma’s comfort food!

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