I don’t like tomatoes - I am not a fan. But the combination of tomatoes and basil, for lack of a better term, rock my world. I love the combination of tomato, eggplant, pesto, and basil. I love pizza with basil sliced on top. Last week at the CSA I took lots of basil, and I decided I was going to make a tomato soup. Between co-workers, Garrett’s mom, and the CSA – we had tomatoes.
I’ve never been a fan of tomato soup, but with the addition of onions and basil, oh and it NOT coming from a can, I was willing to try it.
I think I ate most of the batch! I followed Ina Garten’s recipe.
Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
(with my changes below)
- 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice – I used more fresh tomatoes and no canned
- 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1 quart chicken stock or water
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. (I used a blender). Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.
I ate plenty of bowls with grilled cheeses :). DAH! You have to have a grilled cheese with tomato soup, even I know that. This soup was delicious and I think it was because of two things: 1) the roasting of tomatoes and 2) BASIL! I added plenty of ground black pepper to each of my bowls.
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