Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Roasted Tomato Soup

Not too long ago Matt was lamenting that he wished it was fall or winter because he missed the soups & stews we ate during the colder weather. (We'll see if he still feels like that come a cold MN January day.) One of his favorites is homemade tomato soup served with grilled cheese sandwiches, really who doesn't like this comfort meal. So, despite the fact the thermometer outside read 90, I decided to turn on the AC & cook him up a pot of soup.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Really making tomato soup makes sense this time of year since beautiful ripe tomatoes are available at the farmer's market & the herbs are fresh in the garden. I had hoped to make this soup with either some green or orange heirloom tomatoes but none were to be found at the market. I wonder with our chilly, wet spring if they are running a little later this year? Anyway, I settled on on Romas instead. I think I'll make more soup soon to freeze while the tomatoes are in season so maybe I can find heirlooms then.

The tomatoes, onions & garlic for this soup are roasted first in the oven giving the soup a very mellow flavor. I added fresh basil, rosemary & thyme to the soup after the vegetables had been puréed. The green flecks look really pretty floating in the soup but next time I think I'll purée them along with everything else, I found their texture a little distracting. We like our tomato soup quite thick but if you prefer it a little thinner just add more chicken broth.

Roasted Tomato Soup

2 lbs Roma tomatoes, halved & seeded
6 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 yellow onions, quartered
2 T olive oil
salt & pepper
2 T fresh basil, chopped
1 T fresh thyme, chopped
1 T fresh rosemary, chopped
1 c chicken broth
1 c red wine
1/2 c cream or half & half
2 T tomato paste
2 t lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 F.
Put the tomatoes, onion & garlic in a large baking pan. Coat with the olive oil & season with salt & pepper. Try to arrange the tomatoes so the cut sides are up.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Roast for 45 - 60 minutes until everything is soft & starting to brown. Allow to cool slightly.

Put the tomatoes, onions, garlic, fresh herbs & any liquid in the roasting panin a blender & purée until smooth. I like to add a little at a time instead of doing them all at once.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Put purée into a large soup pot and add remaining ingredients. Allow to simmer for about 15 minutes before serving. Salt & pepper to taste.

Makes 4 big servings.
Roasted Tomato Soup

13 comments:

Jen said...

Tomato soup and grill cheese is one of my favorite fall foods but it would make complete sense to make it now when there are so many great fresh tomatoes to be had... and since I have a block of fontina cheese in fridge I think this might be dinner for one one night this week.

P.S. It looks like we have the same Le Creuset dutch oven.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is amazing! :) One of the best meals there is!

Daniel said...

I think I'm with your husband, though I'm not sure I am wishing Michigan winters on myself either. Soups are so comforting, no matter how hot it is outside, I find myself craving it ... and I'll turn up my AC to justify it as well. I plan on giving your recipe out this weekend.

Love your blog!

Deborah said...

I've only made homemade tomato soup once, and it didn't work out very well. I should try this, because there is nothing better than tomato soup and grilled cheese!

Zita said...

I think, Roasting gives really an extra aromatic taste to the soup and grilled cheese sandwich makes it perfect :)

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Grace said...

i'm sorry to say that i've never made my own tomato soup. i'm sure it'd be much better for me, and a lot tastier too. yours looks awesome, and i'd eat it on the hottest day of the year. :)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I love how rich the soup looks! Ooh, what I wouldn't give for this, since it's like fall here the last couple of days.

Ben said...

I agree that making tomato soup this time of the year makes perfect sense. But if it's really hot outside, why not a gazpacho :D

Megan said...

Delish! The tomatoes are so perfect now that hot or cold soup is a great idea. YUM.

Megan of Bit of Nutmeg

nancysrecipes said...

Tomato soup is one of my favorite things and your recipe looks delicious! I'll be trying this one soon...

ana dane said...

this looks delicious- and it's reminding me to make one of my favorite summer soups, a roasted yellow tomato version, with just some herbs and cream.

can't wait to make yours, too.

PaniniKathy said...

There are few things more satisfying - even in the heat of summer - than a delicious tomato soup with grilled cheese. I say crank the A/C and enjoy!!

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