Roasted Tomato Soup
Hey kids! Hope you all are having a souper Tuesday! It’s rainy and gloomy here in south Jersey and I thought, why not fire up some dinner (and a post) on this souper easy Roasted Tomato Soup? This is a dish that warms the heart and soul and it is souper-healthy (alright, I hear those pun-groans!)
I used two cans of whole peeled tomatoes and added about a cup of roasted tomatoes, which I really think lends a complexity and density to this soup. You can skip the roasted tomatoes and still have a fine soup, but the extra time is worth it. Of course, if you have some in the freezer then you’re in luck! Otherwise, roasting tomatoes takes a little over an hour and a half in the oven and can certainly be done ahead of time. Click here for a refresher on tomato roasting (hint: it’s wicked easy;))
I could certainly wax on about the health benefits of tomatoes, but I’ll spare you and let you know that I have included a few fun facts under “Sound Bites” in the recipe. Either way, nothing beats a warm bowl of summertime on a dreary winter’s day!
Making it Creamy!
Kids, this is a vegan soup, but I dare say it is creamy…WITHOUT cream! By simply blending in two de-crusted slices of bread (I have used whole wheat and potato in the past, but I really think any vegan bread you have in the cupboard will work) you achieve a wonderful a creaminess and heartiness.
Now, my sister Kitty makes a mean bowl of tomato soup. She spices her inspired soup with with cloves and I have added them to my roasted tomato soup, too. Cloves add a warm, sweet flavor and a fabulous aroma. Bet ya didn’t know they are high in manganese. What is manganese? Well among other things, it is a nutrient that has been shown to help decrease the symptoms of PMS! Yuppers, food IS medicine…
Soup It Up Already
Ok, so I said this was easy and here are the basics. Sauté an onion in olive oil and then add the minced garlic after about 10 minutes. (Fun fact: the nutritional value of garlic is maximized if you wait 10 minutes to add garlic to a recipe after mincing. Garlic forms allicin during this time. Allicin is known for its anti-cancer and immune supporting properties among other cool things. Plus, adding garlic 5-10 minutes after mincing decreases the chances it will burn.)
Throw in the tomatoes and spices and mix with the onions and garlic.
Stir and simmer for 15-20 min, toss in the bread and blend.
If you don’t have a stick blender, I HIGHLY recommend getting one. They are relatively inexpensive, easy to clean and indispensable for soups, sauces, etc.
In less than half an hour, the roasted tomato soup is on. I grilled up some sammies with Daiya provolone (for a little dippity do) and dinner is served!