Jamie’s Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dunkers

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Jamie’s Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dunkers

By Jamie and Bobby Deen

The weather has been so rainy and cold here lately- and yes, cold even for Savannah! It’s days like these that we just like to stay home and warm up with a bowl of Jamie’s Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dunkers. We have to admit, this recipe brings out the kid in us. Remember when you were little and a grilled cheese sandwich and hot bowl of soup could fix just about anything? This recipe is a little more fun, though, because we’ve made it easy to dip your sandwiches in the soup by cutting them into bite-sized strips. So sit back and heat up a bowl of this comforting soup!

Jamie’s Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dunkers


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 pounds ground beef
4 stalks celery, finely chopped (2 cups)
2 medium onions, finely chopped (1 cup)
1 28-ounce can chopped, peeled tomatoes, undrained
12 ounces fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
4 cups frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups finely chopped white potato
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 cup frozen cut okra
1/2 cup uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

10 slices white bread, quartered and crusts removed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
10 slices American cheese, quartered


For the soup, in a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Brown the meat, in batches, in the oil, breaking meat up with a fork as it cooks. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the pot. Heat the remaining fat over medium-high heat and add the celery and onions; cook until softened, stirring occasionally.

Add 3 quarts water, the canned and fresh tomatoes, the bouillon cubes, basil, oregano, garlic powder, salt, celery salt, pepper, and bay leaves to pot. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Return the meat to the pot along with the remaining soup ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 45 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Taste and adjust the seasoning if desired.

For the dunkers, spread each quarter of bread with butter. Place a slice of cheese between two pieces of bread (buttered sides out), pinching the edges together to seal. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches about 3 minutes per side or until golden brown, pressing gently with the back of a spatula. Serve the dunkers with the soup.

Servings: 10 to 12
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Difficulty: Easy

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Reader Comments:


I guess I was surprised to see 3 pounds of Ground beef in a vegetable soup recipe. lol My daughter had decided to be a vegetarian and I was looking for recipes. My husband and I will try it with the beef however. Just can't beat a hearty soup in the winter. And then there are the dunkers. Gotta try this, with and without the beef. I am sure it is a keeper.

By Becky Crook on February 03, 2011


This is EXACTLY the same as my grandma's soup that she used to make for us when I was a child! Maybe it's a southern recipe, we are from Georgia.

By Khadija on January 27, 2011


Jamie I made the vegetable Soup today it was AWESOME!! My husband love it. Thanks.

By Brenda on January 15, 2011


I make a mean dish of Vegie Soup without any meat...Not Vegi Soup if it has any meat in it!!! "per my Mother" many years ago..

By zenda grant on January 12, 2011


veggie soup and dunkers are delicious! happy birthday paula! i will be 60 on jan. 18 and i believe your birthday is the day after mine. have had 5 heart attacks, 3 stents and triple bypass surgery and still cookin' and keeping everyone on their toes. love your show and you are such a delight. thanks so much. mc

By MaryCharles Pride on January 12, 2011


Sounds so good. I guess I never thought of using ground beef for the soup. I have always cooked a roast the day before, then added it to the soup. This will save so much time

By Julie Kroske on January 12, 2011


Made Bobby's kicking corn chowder yesterday and everyone loved it now you need to get on a roll and make lighter versions of other soups in the cold wintertime, thanks again it was great!

By Patsy Hannigan on January 12, 2011


I just love watching your shows Paula. Love the one when you are feeding Michael in bed. He seems like a nice guy to have around....I'm single and that's the kind of man I'd like to have. You all look so happy. More shows please, also the ones with Jamie and Bobby. I have a dauhter named Jamie. Thank you Paula for making me smile, Vi

By Vi Wheatley on January 12, 2011


By Anonymous on January 11, 2011


I've got to make soup and sandwiches for a bunch of college kids Friday week....this sounds perfect, maybe.....thanks for the idea. (pS: 100 kids)

By M Flynn on January 11, 2011


Jamie's I took one look at picture of Vegetable Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwich Dunkers. my mouth said WOW can't wait to make this soup Thank You

By Christine Moye on January 11, 2011


Going to try your soup recipe, looks really good and hearty perfect for our winter weather, Hope it turns out as good as yours, Thanks

By Mary Flores on January 11, 2011


I'm a Weight Watcher and the soup is perfect for the living plan... Cutting out the carb will be easy... I am a big soup fan..one pot - one bowl - one spoon - little clean up. Thank you! Sal

By Sallie Sahlbach on January 11, 2011


what can you say but AWESOME!!!I love Paula show besides the great cooking! I love Paula sence of humor!!

By judy williams on January 11, 2011


I have been thinking about ground beef vegetable soup but not as good as this one looks I love pasta of any kind MMMMM sounds so good wish I had some now I will try to make it tomorrow for sure.

By Laverne Arns on January 11, 2011


Absolutely love the newsletter,, cheered up many a wintery afternoon. I had no idea what was for dinner tonite,,, well it Bobbys vegetable soup and dippers. Miss not seeing the show,, not on here anymore, so keep up the wonderful newsletter. HUGGS from a fan in the north susan

By susan keffer on January 11, 2011

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