Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

It is rainy and gloomy here in Cincinnati today. Instead of letting the day make my mood gloomy, I’m going to whip up this classic Tomato Basil Soup! I got this original recipe from my boss but I have switched it up a little bit (I like it to have a zestier flavor so I added a red pepper and spiced it up with a little kick from red pepper flakes). I also love this recipe because it can easily become vegan if you omit or substitute the butter! Enjoy the fruits of your labor hot or cold and of course, with a grilled cheese. It is a little bit more labor intensive than most things I make. But I promise it will be divine and your house will smell incredible too!


What you’ll need:

3 lbs ripe Roma tomatoes, cut in half length wise

optional: 1 red pepper, seeded and halved

1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP olive oil

1T salt

1 and 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 chopped yellow onions

6 cloves minced garlic

2T unsalted butter

1/4 -3/4 tsp red pepper flakes

28oz canned whole plum tomatoes with juice

4 cups fresh basil leaves

1Qt vegetable broth or water

Now for the work:

Preheat oven to 400F /205C

Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise, toss with 1/4 cup olive oil, spread in single layer on parchment paper lined baking sheet with sides, sprinkle with salt and pepper. You can add the seeded/halved red pepper to the pan if you’ve chosen to include it. Roast in oven 45 minutes.

While tomatoes roast in oven:

In a large stock pot, melt butter with olive oil, add garlic, red pepper flakes and chopped onions. I only use 1/4 red pepper flakes for a mild taste suitible for kids. I personally like more like 1/2-3/4 Saute about 10 minutes until onions are translucent and begin to brown.

Add canned tomatoes, basil, vegetable broth. Simmer on low until tomatoes are finished roasting.

Add roasted tomatoes/red pepper and juices to the stockpot. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 40-50 minutes.

Allow to cool. Pass through a food processor or blender in batches. For thinner soup you can add some water for desired consistency.

Enjoy! Hot or cold. With a classic grilled cheese or gourmet panini. I love to make a mozzarella, pesto grilled cheese and dip it in the soup.

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