It has been a while, but I was finally able to make this Sunday a Soup Sunday! I have been making other things on Sundays - stews, chicken salad to have in for the week, big dinners - but with the snow coming tonight I was in the mood for soup.
I came across this recipe for Roasted Tomato Soup in Annie's blog. It's a very simple recipe that delivers big flavor. When tasting it you would think that I added cream, but I did not - this is a very healthy soup. The creaminess comes from pureeing the soup.
Below is Annie's recipe -
- 3 lbs. ripe tomatoes, cut in half, insides scooped out
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 6 garlic cloves
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 (28 oz. can) whole or chopped tomatoes, with their juices
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (or ½ tsp. dried)
- 4 cups chicken stock (I think a vegetable broth would work well for a vegetarian option)
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Toss tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Spread tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet covered in foil and roast in the oven for 45 minutes.
- In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic with 2 tbsp. olive oil, butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes until the onions start to brown.
- Add the canned tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 min.
- Pass through food processor. I used my blender since my food processor is tiny, and I did it in 3 batches.
- Return to pot to rewarm before serving
There is no need to EVER buy canned tomato soup when this recipe is so delicious and easy, and you can't find a soup this healthy in a can. I think it would be great with some fresh Parmesan grated on top, and/or some homemade garlic croutons or a side of crusty bread.
I'm looking forward to eating a cup tonight before dinner. And I think tomorrow I may have a cup with a grilled cheese sandwich - what a perfect lunch for a snow day!
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