Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Veggie living :: Tomato soup and grilled cheese.

I posted a picture to Instagram recently of one of my favorite meals, tomato soup and grilled cheese.

Claire requested the recipe so I figured I’d make a post out of it.  I’ve found that homemade tomato soup is one of the easiest things ever to make!  My recipe is basically inspired by this soup which I initially found from Cup of Jo and pinned to Pinterest but the original recipe is from Smitten Kitchen.

Here are the basics for the easiest tomato soup ever.

Roasted Tomato Soup (recipe cut to serve two):

Ingredients –

1 ½ pounds plum tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large unpeeled garlic cloves (kept the same as I love garlic)
½ teaspoon of finely chopped or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme 
¼ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (also remained the same and adds a nice spiciness)
2 cups vegetable stock


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  
Wrap garlic cloves in a tight foil packet
Cut tomatoes length-wise and place half-side up on a foil-wrapped cookie sheet
Sprinkle generously with approximately ½ tablespoon of salt and any pepper to taste
Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil

Place garlic packet in the middle of the pan
Roast until tomatoes are brown and tender, about an hour.  Cool slightly.

Unwrap garlic packet and peel garlic.
Transfer garlic cloves, tomatoes, and any juices to food processor.
Pulse until tomatoes are a chunky puree (I pulse mine until pretty smooth because I don’t like tomato “chunks”).
Transfer mixture to a medium pot; add thyme, red pepper, and vegetable stock
Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

Cook uncovered for about 25 minutes until thickened.

I don’t find that I have to make any adjustments to spices when it’s done, but taste and make to your liking.  I do find it to be pretty spicy which D and I enjoy.  Cut back on the red pepper if you don’t like spiciness.  

Finish off the meal with a couple grilled cheeses and you’re golden!


Danielle said...

yum!!! I might have to try this. We get our tomato soup from Trader Joes, but I'm sure it's laden with salt. (btw, my lunch yesterday was tomato soup and grilled cheese. weird)

Claire Kiefer said...

Yay, I'm so excited you posted the recipe! I'm bookmarking this so that I can make it ASAP. Tomatoes aren't excellent here yet, but I'll try to hunt some good looking ones down so I can get busy on this soup. I eat the roasted tomato & red pepper soup from Trader Joe's all the time (the only pre-made soup I will eat, haha), but I know that a homemade version would be even better! And there's nothing like grilled cheese with tomato soup. Most comforting food in the world. Thanks for the instructions!!

Tina said...

oh my goodness these look delicious!! there is NOTHING like these ultimate comfort foods. i love me some tomato soup. thanks so much for sharing!! going to have to try! :)

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Sounds yummy and comforting.

Anonymous said...

I love this combo! It's something I crave! Yummm!!!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

oh yummmmy, and this is by far one of my top 3 favorite meals.

Oliviaaa said...

perfection!!! i've been searching the inter webs for a tomato soup lately! can't wait to make it... it's ACTUALLY feeling like winter here in SoCal.


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