Sunday, September 30, 2012

Great Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Here is the next installment on soups for the fall and winter. There are at least a million recipes for tomato soup around and I have tried a good portion of them as I love a good bowl of tomato soup. There are very few people who won't agree that tomato soup (even the Campbell's version from my childhood) along with a good grilled cheese sandwich is not high in the pantheon of true comfort foods. While there are lots of good recipes there is one that really stands out and that is Ina Garten's  Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. If I have the time it is my go-to version since I first discovered it. This is some great soup made with three pounds of  roasted plum tomatoes and finished with an amazing 4 cups of chopped fresh basil leaves. This recipe does take a couple of hours but it keeps well and even freezes well. You can make it on the weekend and enjoy it all week long. And yes, it goes fine with grilled cheese.

If you want a special treat with this soup try topping some good bread with grated Parmigiano-Regiano and running it under the broiler until the cheese bubbles. It's so good it hurts. Don't forget a crisp white wine.


Steve Bates said...

And at long last it is finally almost soup weather here. Today is the first day we're getting a likely high of under 70°F. Before the front, soup just didn't sound all that appealing. Now... mmm!

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