When fall arrives so do the feelings of wanting all things soup and anything made in a Crock Pot. It’s almost like those 3 things are synonymous. I can’t believe for years I didn’t like tomato soup. What??? Yes, it’s true. There were a several things that changed that. A couple of restaurants (Panera and Pinstripes) and this recipe. This just might be the best tomato soup you’ve ever eaten. Be careful, it also just might ruin canned tomato soup for you.
Roast the tomatoes in a 400 degree oven for 35+ minutes until browned and blistered.
Melt 1T olive oil and 2 T butter in a stock pot and add 3 cloves of garlic. I use frozen garlic cloves and if you aren’t using these, you’re going to want to change that. So easy. Add onion and saute in oil/butter mixture until translucent.
Add crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth and thyme to onion and garlic mixture.
Stir in cream and half and half and allow to warm through.
Roasted Tomato Soup
6 cups (or one container from Costco) of cherry tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
2 T. butter
3 crushed garlic cloves
1 med/lge onion chopped
1 – 15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 – 15 oz. can tomato sauce
2 cans chicken broth
1/2 t. thyme
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup fat free half and half
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Toss together to coat and roast until they are shriveled with brown spots. Apx 30-45 minutes.
In a large stock pot heat 1 T olive oil and 2 T butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce, chicken broth and thyme. Once tomatoes are through roasting add them with any juice from the pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to let simmer, partially covered for about 40 minutes.
Using an immersion blender (or do batches in a regular blender), blend until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the cream and half and half and allow to warm through. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Serve with crackers, corn muffins or of course grilled cheese.
(this recipe is adapted from Cafe Chocolada)