Friday, July 22, 2011

Roasted Tomato Soup With Basil

It is no secret that I am a picky eater. One of the many things that I don't really enjoy eating are tomatoes. I don't like fresh tomatoes. The weird thing about my dislike for tomatoes is that I love ketchup, tomato soup, pasta sauce, and some salsas. My absolute favorite of these items is tomato soup. I love a nice bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. My mom would always make that for us on a cold or rainy day. Well it is summer now, and we don't really have cold days for at least a few months, but I do for some reason have a lot of tomatoes. What better thing to do with fresh tomatoes than turn it into a delicious homemade soup.

Roasted Tomato Soup With Basil
  • 4 lb tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 6-8 garlic cloves, left unpeeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, minced [use only 1/2 tsp if you used dried]
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced [use only 1 tsp if using dried basil]
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat to 350°F.

Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, in 1 layer in a large shallow baking pan and add garlic to pan. Drizzle tomatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast tomatoes and garlic 1 hour, then cool in pan on a rack. Peel garlic.

Cook onion, oregano, basil, and sugar in butter in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring frequently, until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, and stock and simmer, covered, 20 minutes.

Puree soup in batches in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids).  Stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste and simmer 2 minutes.

Divide soup among 8 bowls.

 Recipe Source: Adapted slightly from Caroline


  1. Roasted tomato soup is the best, especially with basil. It has comfort food memories for me too. My mum used to make me "souper mash" if I was ill. Tomato soup and mashed potato, it doesn't get any better than that!!

  2. Nothing better than homemade tomato soup-- simple and delicious. It's one of my favorite comfort foods, too :)

  3. Hi, wow sounds great and I am always looking out for new recipes to try, thanks, you've been buzzed!

  4. This sounds great! I'll save it for cooler weather.

  5. Sounds fabulous! I LOVE tomato soup. And roasted sounds even better. The tomato flavor must be amazing.

  6. Oh, I can't agree with you about the tomato thing: I'll eat them any way I can get them: raw, cooked, salsa...the list goes on! But I can agree with you that I absolutely LOVE tomato soup, and this one looks fantastic!

  7. I must say that it's certainly strange that you don't enjoy fresh tomatoes, but to each his/her own! I'm happy that you can enjoy them in a great looking soup such as this. Cheers!

  8. I made this tonight for dinner, and it was delicious! It was perfect with homemade bread. Thanks for the recipe!!!