We 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.
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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“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…
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.
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.
Fresh herbs always make a big difference. Use them when you can…
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 Ranch, Greek Feta or Champagne dressings with this rustic soup & salad combo.
What is your favorite soup recipe?
- 1 1/2 pounds Roma Tomatoes, rinsed and quartered
- a few tablespoons of Olive Oil (see notes)
- Garlic Salt
- Cracked Black Pepper
- 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 cornstarch to thicken soup if needed
- Tabasco, Crystal or your favorite hot sauce
- Red Pepper flakes
- 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.
- 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.
Tomato Soup Recipe Links
- Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup A Sweet Pea Chef
- Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons Crunchtime Food
- Simple and Delicious Roasted Tomato Soup La Spelonca Vegetariana
- Smoky Tomato Soup with Candied Bacon Pip and Ebby
- Summer Tomato Soup with Chipotle Cream Fresh Tart Steph
- The Best Tomato Soup i am mommy
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