Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

Today's recipe is courtesy of our local Farmer's Market. On Saturday I grabbed my market bag and had a wonderful time stopping at different vendors getting what I needed for this Tomato Basil Soup.  I like to meander around with coffee in hand, enjoy the sights and especially the smells!  By the time I was done, I had a bag full of roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, garlic, an onion bigger than a softball (for only $1),  basil and a red pepper.  The ride home provided a nice basil aroma (I would take that any day over the 'new' car smell!)

Keep in mind this is no canned soup in case you are wondering why it is not a deep red color.  But believe me after your first sip, you'll definitely notice the tomato-ee (is that a word) taste along with the right amount of basil in a light cream broth.

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Serves 4-6
  • 12 large roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup sweet cherry tomatoes (whole)
  • 1 cup thick cut sweet onion
  • 1 garlic head
  • Olive oil
  • 20 large basil leaves (or more to taste)
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 1/4 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • bay leaf
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. In a large baking dish (or two if needed), lay romas with cut side up, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then drizzle with olive oil
  3. In the same baking or (or two) add the onion and cherry tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil
  4. Cut about 1/4" off top of garlic and place cut side up in a piece of foil, drizzle with a bit of olive oil and then enclose garlic in foil
  5. Place all in oven and roast until tomatoes are soft (about 30-35 minutes)
  6. Meanwhile roast the red pepper on a grill, turning until skin is black all over, remove and place in a sealed plastic bag for 15 minutes
  7. Remove pepper and peel off the blackened skin; dice and set aside
  8. Open up garlic packet (garlic should be soft when pierced with fork)and squeeze out the roasted garlic (this will be hot so be careful)
  9. In a medium pot combine the cooked tomatoes (I removed the skins off the romas), onions, vegetable broth, basil, garlic, red pepper and the juice from the baking dishes.
  10. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture until really smooth (if you don't have a stick blender, use a regular blender but do in small batches and keep top open a bit to allow steam to escape)
  11. Add the heavy cream, crushed red pepper and bay leaf; stir and heat on the stove until warmed through (try not to boil) Adjust S&P as needed
  12. Serve and enjoy!
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Homemade Tomato Basil Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

We happened that day to be going to our daughter and son-in-laws so I made the soup at their house but we couldn't devour it all since I needed some to take pictures back at my place (oh the life of a blogger!)  I had some sad faces :(  so I promised to make it again sometime.

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

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  1. Yr soup looks so creamy and smooth. Very nice!

  2. Spoken like a true Italian!! :) Looks delicious Deb, I can't wait for cooler weather so I can start making soups...assuming it cools down here, LOL

  3. This looks wonderful. Tomatoes and basil are a match made in heaven.

  4. Somebody get me a grilled cheese STAT! YUM!!!!!

  5. Tomato soup is my youngest daughter's favorite lunch! I'll have to give this a try!

  6. Deb - great pics - hope you bring this over to Food on Friday. Cheers from Carole's chatter

  7. I love making homemade soup but especially when that soup is tomato. This looks sooooooo good!

  8. This looks creamy perfect. Love fresh tomato soup.

  9. Who needs car air fresheners when you can use fresh basil?! I love it!

  10. I came home on Wednesday and found a large bag of tomatoes on my front door! Now I know how to use them! :)

  11. I can't pin this fast enough! Sounds amazing! Isn't that funny about blogging! My family is finally getting used to "WAIT - I have to take pictures first!"

  12. This sounds like total comfort food, Deb!

  13. Cream and tomato! Amazing. I love a fantastic soup recipe. Thank you.

  14. Very productive farmer's market trip, Deb! The tomatoes are phenomenal right now, and they must make this soup SO flavorful. And the smell of fresh basil is better than new car smell! :)

  15. This soup looks amazing! Can't wait to try it! Pinned!

  16. Nothing beats homemade tomato soup....especially when it's CREAMY! Yum!

  17. I adore the flavor of fresh tomato soup in restaurants, but don't really care for the canned stuff. I've never tried to make it myself, so I am so into your recipe - it looks delicious, and I love the idea of roasting the tomatoes! This is going on my soup list, and is a great way to use up some of the delicious basil that is still rolling in from the garden. Thanks for sharing! Pinnning.

  18. OH.MY.GOSH.
    I'm seriously sitting here drooling! My husband is going to be eating soup for a week, because this is all I'm going to cook!

    Kristin // thepeculiartreasureblog.com

  19. We live on soup once the chilly weather hits, and I am always looking for new recipes! Thanks for sharing it with us at #FoodieFriDIY...I can't wait to try it! Sending some foodie love your way!


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