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.


Adriana said...

It looks super delicious!!

Kristi said...

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

Rebecca said...

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

Trujen 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 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 :)

Kristin said...

this soup looks phenomenal!

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


Hendricks Family said...

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