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
- 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
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Preheat oven to 425
- 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
- In the same baking or (or two) add the onion and cherry tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil
- 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
- Place all in oven and roast until tomatoes are soft (about 30-35 minutes)
- 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
- Remove pepper and peel off the blackened skin; dice and set aside
- 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)
- In a medium pot combine the cooked tomatoes (I removed the skins from the romas), onions, vegetable broth, basil, garlic, red pepper and the juice from the baking dishes.
- 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)
- 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
- Serve and enjoy!
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.
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