Tuesday, March 22, 2011

{Tasty Tuesdays: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup}

I like to think the Barefoot Contessa is guiding me personally when I watch her show. (I'm
kidding ... a little.) Most recently she taught me how to make roasted tomato basil soup.

Basil. Tomato. Soup. Those are just good things. So simple. So fresh.

I thought I'd cook it forward by sharing with you my first attempt at making a long-time
favorite. I put this together early in the morning the last time I donated blood. So, when
I came home, I had a nourishing, comforting, replenishing meal ready to go. 'How fabulous
is that?,' as Ina would say.


3 lb. plum tomatoes (about 15), cored and cut in half lengthwise
EVOO, salt and pepper
2 yellow onions, diced
6 cloves garlic, diced
2 Tbl unsalted butter
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (I used 1/2 tsp 'cuz we're adventurous like that.)
1 tsp. fresh thyme
29 oz. can of whole tomatoes with juice
4 c. fresh basil
1 qt. vegetable stock (or chicken)
About two tsp sugar

What to do with them:
Cut tomatoes lengthwise. Season with 1 tablespoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoon pepper and
1/4 cup or less of EVOO. Toss. Roast in a 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.

Wash and de-stem basil. Set aside. Cut onion and garlic. In a large stockpot, saute the
onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 Tablespoons butter and red pepper flakes
for about 10 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, stock, thyme and basil. Add roasted
tomatoes, including the juice on the baking sheet.

Bring to a boil; then lower the temperature and simmer soup, uncovered, for 40 minutes.

Puree. (Ina suggested using a food mill, which does a good job of pureeing while still
leaving chunks, she says.) Since I don't have one, I took out a few tomatoes and gave
them a rough chop. Then, I lightly pureed the rest of the batch with my food processor.
I added the chunks in afterwards. Season with 2 tsp sugar, salt and pepper.

Serve with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a garnish of fresh basil or just plain
and simple in a bowl by itself. I garnished mine with an egg salad sandwich. :)

You can see more Tasty Tuesday recipes here.


Adri said...

It looks super delicious!!

Kristi said...

This looks delicious! I have a similar recipe for tomato bisque soup that I absolutely LOVE

Unknown said...

This looks yummy. I'll be trying it soon. Thanks for the recipe.

TruJen Phtography said...

My mouth is salivating! This looks super yummy! I think I'm going to have to make this really soon! Especially since Michigan is cold again.
Thanks for the inspiration!

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

Oh yum! Your soup looks so delicious. And now I'm craving an egg salad sandwich too! Thanks so much for linking up.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

This soup has all of my favorite ingredients - yum!! What a wonderful meal. Now I'm hungry :)

Unknown said...

this soup looks phenomenal!

i would love for you to link this & any other recipe to mangia monday!


House of Foodies said...

Going to try this one for sure - before the weather gets too hot! Thanks for posting.