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Making Roasted Tomato Soup has become a fall ritual in my kitchen. The bounty of the garden coupled with the cooler weather provides the inspiration I need to move indoors and make soup. Although I enjoy making soup all year long this soup is just as much about the satisfaction of using home grown tomatoes as it is about the soup. Last year I posted Farm To Table Gazpacho, this year it’s Roasted Tomato Soup.

In recent years my sister has taken her tomato-growing skills to the next level. I on the other hand have not. I buy one cherry tomato plant every spring, sometimes a few larger tomato varieties as well. From year to year I experiment with different varieties of large and small tomatoes, I even try different locations in my garden. But I have not worked on my nurturing skills and the results speak for themselves.

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Fortunately my sister is generous with her tomatoes and lives conveniently nearby. And now I can even see on Instagram when she picks them (that’s not spying is it?).

So the crop has been harvested, the air is chilly and we have tested and tweaked this soup recipe a few more times. We determined that Italian Roma tomatoes are preferred for soup so I was given a generous box of them. We decreased the amount of onion and increased the amount of tomato but it is all about personal preference. If you make the same soup a few times you can do the same thing and tweak the recipe exactly to suit your taste.

Roasting Tomatoes and Garlic

For this Roasted Tomato Soup I halved the tomatoes and scooped out the seeds and pulp. Kitchen hack, a grapefruit knife made the job easy.

Tomatoes cut and ready for roasting
Tomatoes cut and ready for roasting -photo credit

I roasted the tomatoes at a lower temperature for a long time. After they were roasted I scraped them into the soup pot and added everything else.

A pan of roasted tomatoes and garlic
Roasted tomatoes and garlic -photo credit Jim Little

I think homemade soup is always satisfying and worth the effort. The aroma of tomatoes and garlic roasting in my kitchen was heavenly and by the time we ate this Roasted Tomato Soup we thought it was divine.

From Everyday to Gourmet – Roasted Tomato Soup

We eat with our eyes first so take a minute to make your soup look awesome. To get the random pattern of lines like I did in this photo dip a fork into well-stirred yogurt and splatter it over the soup in two directions. Garnish with basil if desired.


Cookware for Making Soup

Cookware is an investment. You don’t need the most expensive pots available but there is a wide variety of affordable cookware that will serve you well. This information is to help you with recipe reading.

My mom always called the largest pot in her set of pots a Dutch oven. I may have even written that in a recipe or two yet I don’t even own one. By definition a Dutch oven is a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid. They have been used for hundreds of years and once had little feet on the bottom so it could be placed under or next to the hot coals of a fire. Once made of seasoned cast iron, modern Dutch ovens may be made of cast aluminum or ceramic.

Many people would recognize a gorgeous Le Creuset enamelled cast iron pot. They are heavy and expensive but will last for a lifetime of cooking. For a fraction of the cost you can buy a lesser quality enamelled cast iron Dutch oven. Although I’m not sure, I think it would last at least half a lifetime.

For the everyday home cook the largest pot in a typical set of pots is perfect for making soup. Some recipes call for a soup pot, (I may have written that somewhere too) but technically a soup pot, sometimes called a stockpot, is much larger. If you cook pasta for a crowd or have an annual jam making party you should own one. If you just want to make soup then the largest pot in a typical set of pots is perfect.


More Soup Recipes

If you like soup and the idea of making a new soup recipe every season, here are some of my favourite soup recipes to try.

So treat yourself to homemade soup soon. I’d love to hear what you made in the comments below.

 

Ingredients

ROASTING TOMATOES
4 lbs Roma tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, peeled
1/3 cup olive oil
generous sprinkling of salt and pepper
SOUP
1 Tbsp olive oil
½ cup chopped onion
2 tsp salt
1½ tsp pepper
5 cups unsalted GF chicken stock
GARNISH – sour cream or yogurt, fresh basil

Directions

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ROASTING TOMATOES
2
Preheat oven to 350°F.
3
Cut tomatoes in half. Remove pulp and seeds into a bowl.
4
Place tomatoes cut side down on a baking tray, add garlic.
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Drizzle tomatoes and garlic with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6
Roast in preheated oven for 1-1¼ hours until they are very soft and a little black around the edges.
7
MAKE SOUP
8
While tomatoes are roasting put tomato pulp and seeds into large strainer over a bowl.
9
Push the pulp through the strainer and collect as much juice as possible. Discard seeds and set aside pulp and juice.
10
Heat olive oil in large pot over medium heat.
11
Add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
12
Add salt, pepper, chicken stock, reserved tomato pulp, roasted tomatoes and garlic.
13
Return to heat just long enough to warm all the ingredients, about 5 minutes.
14
Using a hand blender or food processor puree soup until smooth.
15
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
16
Garnish as desired* with sour cream or yogurt and fresh basil.
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*To get the random pattern of lines like I did in the photo dip a fork into well-stirred yogurt and splatter it over the soup in two directions. Garnish with basil if desired.

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