2) Combine both sides together and place in a medium skillet over a medium heat. Cook until golden brown and crusty. Flip the sandwich and place a weighted cast iron pan on top. Cook until golden brown and cheese has melted. Remove from skillet and serve immediately with tomato soup. Repeat for the other 3 sandwiches.
To make the soup:
1) Puree the crushed tomatoes and set aside. In a heavy stainless steel pan, heat the olive oil, add the shallots and cook until soft. Add the garlic, thyme, chopped basil, bacon and crushed tomatoes and continue to cook, stirring with a wooden spoon.
2) Add the tomato puree, cream, chicken broth, and salt and sugar, to taste and bring to a simmer. Pour the soup into bowls and garnish with shredded basil. Serve immediately with the griddled cheese sandwich.
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