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October 14, 2015
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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Healthy, hearty and full of flavor, this wholesome tomato soup is the epitome of fall flavors and fresh aromas while simmering in the kitchen. Soups really are easy to make, but sometimes I forget how easy and relinquish my cravings to a can. Of course, every time after I make a batch of homemade soup and remember how easy it is, I ask myself why I would ever choose canned soup! Not only does it taste better, but it’s much more nutritious! Unlike the can I settled for, there’s no added preservative or gobs of salt here!

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Basil on top

This particular soup boasts an ingredient list that is not only simple, but you probably already have them in your house right now! However, the one exception might be the tomatoes. Particularly best for this recipe, I highly suggest using fresh, ripe, red California tomatoes. Fresh tomatoes make a significantly big difference in comparison to using canned ones! I used tomatoes direct from my brother’s field (perks of a farmer’s sister). He grows canning tomatoes, but they are ideal for making this soup and even salsa. They are similar to a roma tomato in size and color. Yum!

Garden Grilled Cheese - Cheesy comfort with avocado, tomato, grilled onions and microgreens

Surely you’re wondering what this soup would pair well with, aren’t you? As a matter of fact, our Garden Grilled Cheese drunks perfectly in this soup!

Halved Roma Tomatoes on baking sheet
As shown above, tomatoes are drenched in olive oil and ready for the oven.

 

Roasted Tomatoes on baking sheet
In time, we have perfectly roasted tomatoes fresh out of the oven!

 

The key to the great flavors in this beautiful soup is roasting the tomatoes before adding them to the soup. So just pop them in the oven for 45 minutes to impart a savory, distinct flavor.

 Close up of Roasted Tomato Basil Soup in bowl with basil on top

Lastly, I topped mine with a spiral of sour cream, a mound of parmesan and a sprig of basil!

Here is the recipe for ya…

 We shared our recipe HERE

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Healthy and hearty, this soup is sure to be a favorite!
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Ingredients
  1. 15-20 medium ripe roma tomatoes
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 large yellow onion
  4. 6 cloves garlic
  5. 2 T. butter
  6. 32 oz. chicken stock
  7. 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes
  8. 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  9. 1 t. fresh thyme leaves
  10. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cut the roma tomatoes in half lengthwise and marinate in the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes
  3. In a large stock pot, dice the onion and saute in the 2 T. butter until translucent
  4. Add the garlic and saute for about a minute longer
  5. Add the can of tomatoes, chicken stock, basil, thyme and roasted tomatoes
  6. Simmer for about 45 minutes
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  8. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth
  9. Serve with a spiral of sour cream, a mound of parmesan and a sprig of basil
Adapted from Ina Garten
Adapted from Ina Garten
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