Roasted Tomato Soup {Easy}

Roasted Tomato Soup-2It’s cold; it’s time.

Roasted Tomato Soup.

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Tomato soup, of course, needs no grand introduction – just a bunch of pictures of it, paired with grilled cheese, in all of its glory. I couldn’t narrow down the pictures – they all looked so good. I hope you will forgive me. Something tells me you will.

Roasted Tomato Soup

This recipe makes a thicker soup, perfect for using as a dipping sauce with grilled cheese sticks, just as delicious to finish off with a spoon.

Roasted Tomato Soup-10Last week I hosted a dinner party, and I came up with this idea for an appetizer-soup course hybrid. I knew dinner prep would take me a few minutes to finish up once my guests arrived, but I also knew that they would arrive hungry (per my specific request). This turned out to be a great low-maintenance, high-reward answer.

Roasted Tomato Soup-3Fresh, bright ingredients, with very little hands-on time. Just some basic chopping, then to the oven, then to the food processor.

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By making the soup the day before and re-heating it on the stove as the guests waked in, I was able to check one (delicious) dinner dish off my list. I prepped the cheese on the bread a few hours in advance too, and pressed the prepared sandwiches in a skillet over medium-high heat as everyone grabbed a drink and got settled. I cut the finished grilled cheese into slices on a cutting board and served it up – this was definitely a dish to repeat.

Roasted Tomato Soup-5Everyone has their own tomato soup recipe, and this one hails from one of my favorite cooking club menus: Soup’s On! (Hostess: me; Theme: Soup’s On!; Date: 12.07.08) An all-soup dinner, including a lasagna soup for the main course, and chocolate soup with marscapone grilled cheese sandwiches for dessert. Speaking of… why haven’t I made that one recently?

Roasted Tomato Soup-9The recipe is easy to remember, a good one to keep in mind when you are at the grocery store and realize you forgot your shopping list. 10 plum or roma tomatoes, a small red onion (or 1/4 of a large one), some garlic cloves, and basil leaves and oregano. Easy enough! Also inexpensive, depending on the going rate for tomatoes.

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Grilled cheese “croutons.” Come on. Brilliant.

Roasted Tomato Soup {Easy}
 
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An easy classic!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 bowls
Ingredients
  • 10 roma or plum tomatoes
  • ¼ red onion (or one small red onion)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • {low-sodium chicken stock, if you prefer thinner soup}
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375.
  2. Slice the tomatoes into quarters, removing the stems and the tough area around them.
  3. Place the tomatoes cut-side down in a large baking dish; they fit perfectly in my 9"x13" glass pyrex.
  4. Slice the red onion, and smash the garlic cloves. Sprinkle them both around the tomatoes.
  5. Pull the oregano off of the sprigs, and distribute the oregano and basil leaves around the tomatoes as well.
  6. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, and top with black pepper. No need to toss.
  7. Roast for 45 minutes, until the tomatoes soften.
  8. Transfer to a food processor, and process to your desired consistency.
  9. If you like your soup a little thinner, just add low-sodium chicken stock until it looks like how you want it!

Easy Healthy Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Dippers by My Utensil Crock

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