Rustic Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

by Marla on November 21, 2011 · 62 comments

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Rustic Roasted Tomato Basil Soup | FamilyFreshCooking.comWe had a rainy, cool weekend here in the OC and I thought it was time to post a warm and comforting Rustic Roasted Tomato Soup. This is a classic soup that should be in everyone’s recipe box. It is very simple to prepare and wonderful all year round.

Enjoyed with a side salad and a oozy grilled cheese sandwich and all is right in the world.

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Aren’t those vine tomatoes spectacular? How about the mini Bocconcini mozzarella balls? Those are super fun floating around in your bowl of soup. Don’t forget a splash of hot sauce too.

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Today is the group C Secret Recipe Club reveal. I was secretly handed the blog Made Famous By. This fun blog is written by a cute mom of three named Heather.

This is how she describes her blog:

“I am a self proclaimed recipe hoarder and these are some of the recipes that my friends and I are famous for. When ever I come across something that is absolutly to die for, I MUST have the recipe. With this blog I hope to celebrate the every day cook. I truly believe that ordinary people can make EXTRAORDINARY recipes!!”

I believe the same thing. You do not need to be trained in expensive culinary schools to cook up amazing food. You simply need to be motivated, experimental and willing. You also need to buy the freshest of ingredients

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On Made Famous By I found this recipe for Ina Garten’s Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup. As we all know Ina is a genius in the kitchen. She embraces whole food ingredients and has a vibrant passion for food.

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I have a few of Ina’s Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I use Ina’s recipes as a springboard for ideas and make them my own. This is the case for tomato soup. The recipe is bit too heavy for my tastes. Ina and Heather use 3/4 cups of heavy cream. I prefer to not use as much cream in my recipes.

We all have different tastes. That’s cool.

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Fresh herbs always make a big difference. Use them when you can…

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Soup, salad and grilled cheese are classic pairings. For the ultimate comfort food meal I love this soup with a baby spinach salad with a splash of Ranch dressing. Make your own or try one of our favorites by Marzetti Simple Dressed. We love their RanchGreek Feta or Champagne dressings with this rustic soup & salad combo.

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What is your favorite soup recipe?

Rustic Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 cups about 4 servings

Rustic Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients

    Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 pounds Roma Tomatoes, rinsed and quartered
  • a few tablespoons of Olive Oil (see notes)
  • Garlic Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Soup
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, diced
  • a splash of Olive Oil (see notes)
  • 2 cups low salt Vegetable or Chicken Broth
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bocconcini Mozzarella, Feta, Blue Cheese or your favorite cheese for topping
  • a little Coconut Flour to thicken soup if needed
  • Optional
  • Tabasco, Crystal or your favorite hot sauce
  • Red Pepper flakes

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees with the rack in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet or large baking pan with Silpat or parchment paper. Toss tomatoes with some oil, garlic salt and cracked pepper. Add enough oil until tomatoes are glistening. Roast in the oven about 45 minutes.
  • Sauté onions and garlic over medium heat in a large sauce pan. They should be softened and slightly browned. Add the broth and the roasted tomatoes. In the last few minutes of cook time add a handful of fresh basil. Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove soup from the stove top and let it cool a bit. Purée with an immersion blender or transfer to a regular blender. Serve topped with fresh basil and some cheese.
  • Notes
  • For a slight flavor twist it is fun to try out different flavored oils when roasting the tomatoes and sautéing the onions. We loved this soup with hazelnut oil. Unrefined coconut oil would be great too.
  • For the topping, feel free to use your favorite cheese that you have on hand.
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Family Fresh Cooking disclosure: I was one of the bloggers selected by T. Marzetti Company to review Simply Dressed Refrigerated Salad Dressings. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as my writing about my experience. I have also been provided products for review. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.

This recipe is included in SoupaPalooza at TidyMom and Dine and Dish sponsored by KitchenAidRed Star Yeast and Le Creuset

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1 Kathryn November 21, 2011 at 6:09 am

At this time of year, there is so much rich and heavy food around that it’s so nice to have something a bit lighter too. I love the idea of the little mozzarella pearls floating in the soup too, just perfect!

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2 Rosa November 21, 2011 at 6:22 am

That soup must be very flavorful and so comforting! Beautiful.

Cheers,

Rosa

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3 Monica @ TheYummyLife November 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

Oh, my my. You’ve done it again, Marla. Beautiful photos, fresh ingredients, scrumptious recipe. This is SO my kinda soup. Definitely making this one.

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4 Karriann Graf November 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

I love homemade tomato soup the mozzarella is a great idea! Thanks for sharing ;)

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5 Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshair November 21, 2011 at 6:51 am

Yum. That looks beautiful. Whenever I would get sick in the winter, my mom would always feed me tomato soup and crackers. It was always so comforting! This looks like a great version.

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6 Angie @ Bigbearswife November 21, 2011 at 7:06 am

Tomato Basil Soup goes perfectly with grilled cheese! I love the soup you made and the pictures are beautiful!

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7 veronica gantley November 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

What a wonderful blog you got for SRC. Tomato soup is always comforting. Thanks for sharing.

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8 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray November 21, 2011 at 8:19 am

Can’t beat homemade tomato soup and I LOVE the addition of fresh mozz!

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9 Katrina November 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

Those tomatoes are so pretty! What a great set you found to photograph for this yummy soup :)

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10 Julia November 21, 2011 at 8:47 am

1. amazing pictures! 2. I freaking LOVE Ina and use many of her recipes as a springboard too! 3. little mozzarella balls in the soup, love it!

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11 Marla November 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

Hi Julia! Thanks so much :)
Aren’t those little mozzarella balls like crazy cute? I was so *happy* when I saw them.
Ina is a great Springboard!! xxoo

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12 Bev Weidner November 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

YESSSS, I need this. NEED NEED NEED.

Need.

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13 teresa November 21, 2011 at 10:49 am

Marla~
I want to dive in to that photo.
Tomatoes are my favorite.
How cute are those mozzarella balls~
only you would think of that!
Love this recipe.
I agree. I can’t deal with all the cream Ina uses.
But love her to pieces!
I’m making her granola bars to take to yoga on Thanksgiving morning.
What should I package them in for everyone to grab as they leave?
Any cute suggestions would make me SMILE~
xoxoxo

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14 Marla November 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

Teresa….I adore bakery twine. Wrapping your perfect granola bars in some parchment & that string could be fun. I have the sampler colors from The Twinery Have you ever visited that site? Knowing you and your GREAT taste I am certain you have…
How SWEET of you to bring your yoga pals some sweet n’ healthy snacks!
You also need to check out this link at Better Homes and Gardens I just found: Awesome Holiday Packaging ideas
I was thinking about you when I was coordinating this tomato soup post. I know you and Greg could appreciate this soup with those grilled cheese sandwiches you were cooking up yesterday!

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15 teresa November 22, 2011 at 10:24 am

Marla~
The twine is the perfect thing. I have it on my list of things to find today. I went and found the Telluride Bars that you posted. I love the way those are wrapped.
Everything you do is cute.
I am grateful for you and the time that you take to answer questions.
You see the love and perfection in everything and everybody.
I am grateful to have you in my heart and in my life.
Thanks for sharing YOU Marla.
I adore you.
xo

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16 Marla November 23, 2011 at 6:05 am

Teresa…back at you my friend. You always make me happy too. Your energy is catching, beautiful, warm and invigorating!! If ever I am having a bad moment I can look at one of your comments here to make me smile. Those Telluride Trail Bars are super yummy. I need to make another batch over here soon. Better yet, I need to just get back out to Telluride & take you with me :)

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17 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe Marla! Just this week I’ve been having a craving for tomato soup with grilled cheese! But definitely no canned tomato soup. Homemade is the best. It looks so good. Fresh plump tomatoes…. Yum :)
Hope you have a wonderful monday!

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18 Marla November 21, 2011 at 11:08 am

Thanks Heather! Nothing from a can could be nearly as good as homemade. This soup takes a few minutes longer than popping open a can, but the effort is so worth it. Make a double batch so you have lots and grab and go leftover portions. This soup would freeze really well too!

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19 carolinaheartstrings November 21, 2011 at 11:51 am

I love tomato soup. This looks just fantastic! Come visit us. We have a terrific pumpkin macaroni and cheese.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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20 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

The soup look great. Nordstrom makes a tomato basil soup that when I was pregnant, I swear, I’d go to the mall to the Nordstrom Cafe just to have that soup. I never knew it existed and someone turned me onto it. Your version looks wonderful.

And I love the mini Bocconcini mozzarella balls. Too cute!

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21 Cassie November 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

PERFECT soup, Marly! I love tomato and basil…classic combination!

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22 Feast on the Cheap November 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Oh YUM! Clearly we were both in a tomato state of mind this month

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23 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I just love tomato soup, it’s one of my favorite next to Chicken Noodle. Adding the mozzarella balls is perfect! It’s like Caprese Soup!

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24 Marla November 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Jennifer, it is like a Caprese soup. This would be great for summer parties too. No need to save it for the fall/winter months. When I think Caprese I think warm weather…

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25 Courtney November 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Oh Marla, this sounds incredible! I love the addition of the Bocconcini Mozzarella!

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26 Angie November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Yummy! That looks so delicious. Yesterday was the perfect day for soup. Roasting any veggie gives it the best flavor ever! I want to make this for lunch on thanksgiving day. It is supposed to rain and be cold. A little comfort food goes a long way! Your photos are so amazing! Love it!

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27 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 21, 2011 at 5:21 pm

looks fabulous! Happy holiday to you and your family!

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28 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen November 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

This soup with a grilled cheese sandwich?! Yes please! I can’t wait to try this one out! :)

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29 Eliot November 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Great pics and I love this soup recipe (and the garnishes)!

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30 Alyssa (Down To Earth) November 22, 2011 at 3:40 am

I once made vegan “creamy” tomato soup (creamy from blended soaked cashews) and was a little less than impressed…but I do think it was because of my impatience and excitement in combining the ingredients (it was my first time making soup from scratch). The soup turned out a little grainy (from not blending long enough), but it had potential!
I imagine that in roasting the tomatoes (like you did here), the recipe is 10X better.
I’m going to bookmark this baby and make it on a snowy day…which is not too far off round these parts :)
Thank you for sharing!

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31 Marla November 22, 2011 at 4:57 am

Hi Alyssa! I could see how the cashews could make a really nice and creamy soup soup. You are right though, they would need to be ground well and puréed seamlessly with the tomatoes. Roasting your tomatoes first gives them a great big jumpstart in flavor. They actually do become more creamy tasting….mixed with the olive oil. All of the flavors have a nice amount of time to marry while roasting. Keep in mind this soup is even better the day after you make it!

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32 Lori @ RecipeGirl November 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

Tomato soup is my favorite and I created a good one for my cookbook already. Love the idea of adding the little mozzarella balls. Perfect!! Beautiful photos!

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33 Courtney November 22, 2011 at 8:02 am

I’m bookmarking this one! I love roasted tomatoes and it is indeed the season for soup and grilled sandwiches. If I needed to add flour to thicken the soup, would I do that at the very end, before removing from heat and pureeing? And could I use regular all-purpose flour? (I don’t have coconut flour).

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34 Kris November 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

those tomatoes are so beautiful, they look unreal!

this is my favorite soup, a tomato basil, and to pair it with a grilled cheese? mmm… we have a VERY rainy day here today, I may have to make this tonight! and YES, we always add hot sauce!

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35 Kris November 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

oh, and I voted. again! you are *SO* close.

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36 Marla November 23, 2011 at 6:19 am

Kris, hot sauce is essential isn’t it? We have like every brand & strength in the fridge. Always :)
Thanks for your ongoing votes at the Alexia contest. I need as many as I can get!!

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37 heidi November 23, 2011 at 8:58 am

Wonderfull pictures! And I love the colours, and that you roasted the tomatos. Will have to give this a try!

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38 Jayasri November 23, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Thank you so much for visiting me, & fot the lovely comments, oh my my you are fabulous photographer, those clicks are stunning, such beautiful colours, you chose a fantastic recipe perfect for winter. I do make tomato soup but adding mozarella seems to be a good idea , my kids would love this…

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39 Marla November 23, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Jayarsi, thanks so much! Those tomatoes were super fun to shoot. The mozzarella does make the soup a bit more fun :)

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40 Liz November 24, 2011 at 7:30 am

Marla, your soup looks amazing! Love the little mozz balls…so yummy…and your photos are outstanding!!! Have a fabulous Thanksgiving, my friend~

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41 Kimberly November 24, 2011 at 7:38 am

Wow … that sounds absolutely delicious! And the photos? Beautiful! Great post!

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42 Teri@The Freshman Cook November 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Such a wonderful recipe! I love it!!

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43 Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls November 25, 2011 at 6:07 am

This soup looks fantastic … and your photos are absolutely gorgeous. :)

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44 Ashley@BakerbyNature November 25, 2011 at 6:32 am

Roasted tomatoes are always a winner for me, and oh my gosh this soup looks amazing! My Italian family would be all about the bocconcini and hot sauce, too – perfect!!!

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45 Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels November 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

Wow your soup looks soooo good and comforting. I love the cheese on top! And as always, your photos are gorgeous. :)

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46 Anne@frommysweetheart November 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

What a cute blog you got to choose from and this is a great recipe to choose! I bet it was just awesome with all of those fresh tomatoes! And your pictures are just awesome! : )

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47 Heather McMullin November 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

You did such a great job! This was my first time participating in the Secret Recipe Club and it was so much fun! Your blog is so wonderful and full of beautiful pictures and delicious recipes!!

Hugs!
Heather

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48 Marla November 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Thanks Heather! I was fun to visit your blog and get to know you a bit better spending so much time over there :) You will have lots of fun with the SRC.

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49 Amanda December 1, 2011 at 6:21 am

Love that last picture with the sun streaming in so gently… you have such an amazing eye Marla! This soup sounds absolutely amazing!!

Hope a GREAT time this weekend!!

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50 Kristen December 1, 2011 at 8:12 am

I’m about ready to get into soup mode. This one looks like a winner!

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51 Nancy@acommunaltable December 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

Love the idea of floating the boccocini balls in the soup!!! Have to try that the next time I make a roasted tomato soup!

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52 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 1, 2011 at 10:32 am

I need to make this soon, especially with those lil mozzarella balls! I just love roasted tomato soup! Thanks Marla.

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53 Lucy December 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

I could do with a large bowl right now – please send over asap – don’t worry about the grilled cheese – got that covered!

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54 Kristina Vanni December 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is probably one of my favorite meals! This soup sounds like a must-try!

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55 Esi December 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

I love roasted tomato soup (making some this weekend), but I think my favorites are actually clear broth soups like pho or the elaborate pumpkin soup I made last year.

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56 betty December 4, 2011 at 8:55 pm

it looks so good! I love the small mozzarella balls it gives the soup a really nice touch

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57 Theresa August 20, 2012 at 5:52 am

Hi,
I know this was posted a while ago,however, I just pinned from Pinterest, but I have a question that didn’t seem to be answered ……unless I missed it. My question is, if you do need to thicken it, at what point would you thicken it, and do you just add the coconut flour directly or does it need to be mixed with water? Why coconut flour? Any other suggestions for thickener? Love your site, pictures, and recipes!
Thanks!

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58 asuman August 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

i cooked this soup today and it was vey delicious. thank you for the recipe.

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