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
Directions
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

10 comments:

  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!!

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

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

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

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

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  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!

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  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!

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

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