The time has come for our fall tomato plants to gift us with a beautiful harvest. Put your fresh tomatoes to good use with this fantastic soup recipe – perfect for the cooler weather that is now upon us.
This recipe is a great way to put your final summer basil harvest to great use. Once you try this recipe for the first time, you will not want to stop making it! Savory, and just a touch sweet, this flavorful soup recipe will be on your mind all winter long. Give it a go with your cool-temperature harvest. The recipe is courtesy of one of our favorite Gardenuity growers, Julie Kupp.
Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup RecipeCourse: SoupsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half
¼ cup olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions
6 garlic cloves minced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
28 ounces canned plum tomatoes or crushed tomatoes with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 qt chicken stock or veggie stock
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Toss the plum tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a bowl.
- Spread the tomatoes in one layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
- In a stockpot on medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes – until the onions start to brown.
- Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme and chicken stock, then 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 processor or blender.
- Serve with grilled cheese and enjoy.
What to Serve With
There is no combination of flavors more delicious than the classic grilled cheese with tomato soup; you simply cannot beat it! When it comes to the grilled cheese, the world is your oyster. That is to say, you have an endless amount of options to choose from in terms of what you add to your grilled cheese. No matter what, it will remain delicious. Take a look at these recipes for inspiration.
This delicious soup is also great paired with a dish that has a little bit of spice. Consider pairing your soup with this fresh, spicy and tangy arugula salad. Bonus: arugula is the perfect hardy plant to add to your fall container garden. Plant your arugula now to harvest before winter hits.
When to Serve
The glory of a delicious soup recipe is that it’s perfect for both lunch and dinner. You can serve this soup as an appetizer before your entree at dinner, serve it as the main event with some fresh bread, or serve it up at lunch with a grilled cheese.
This soup is also wonderful on the go; if you’re sending your little ones off to school (or sending them to learn from home!) pack the soup in a Thermos for a wonderful and healthy addition to their lunch.