Warm your soul with this exquisite Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. Bursting with the rich flavors of roasted cherry tomatoes, garlic and fresh basil, this homemade soup recipe offers simplicity and sophistication. Believe me, you will never open up and serve a can of tomato soup, after making this homemade version.
Why You Should Make this Easy Soup Recipe
Making Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is a simple and straightforward process. Here’s why the ease of preparation adds to the appeal of this comforting soup:
- Simple Ingredients: The recipe calls for basic and readily available ingredients, such as cherry tomatoes, olive oil, onion, garlic and basil.
- Minimal Prep Work: The prep work involves rinsing tomatoes, chopping a few vegetables, and tearing basil leaves. With just a little effort, you’re ready to assemble the ingredients and let the oven do most of the work.
- One-Pot Roasting: Placing all the ingredients in one pot and roasting them together not only simplifies the cooking process, but also intensifies the natural sweetness of the tomatoes and develops a rich flavor profile.
- Homemade Croutons: While the soup is roasting, you can easily prepare homemade croutons.
- Blending: Blending the roasted vegetables with the use of an immersion blender ensures a smooth and creamy texture without the need for transferring hot liquids between different containers.
- Garnishes: You can get creative with the presentation, without complicating the cooking process.
- Flexibility: Adjusting the spice level by controlling the amount of jalapeño allows for customization based on individual preferences.
- Convenient Storage: The ease of storing leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer ensures that you can enjoy the soup over several days or even weeks. The reheating process is simple, whether on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Ingredients for Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup
- Fresh tomatoes: If you cannot find fresh tomatoes, easily substitute with three cans of fire-roasted tomatoes for a convenient alternative.
- Jalapeño: Adjust spice level by adding more or less jalapeño, or substitute with red pepper flakes.
- Heavy cream: For a lighter option, use half-and-half or whole milk. For a dairy-free version, leave out the heavy cream, or replace with a non-dairy heavy cream.
- Yellow onion: Easily substitute with white onion.
- Chicken stock: For vegetarian tomato soup, substitute chicken stock with vegetable stock.
- Fresh Basil: If you cannot find fresh, use a smaller amount of dried basil when roasting and leave out as garnish.
How to Make Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
Creating Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is a hassle-free process, thanks to its simple ingredients and one-pot roasting!
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Rinse the tomatoes and place them into a Dutch oven.
- Add onion, garlic bulb, jalapeño, and fresh basil to the pot. Pour in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Mix to coat.
- Place lid and roast for 45 to 60 minutes.
- While roasting, prepare the homemade croutons. Cut baguette into pieces and add to a bowl. Toss with olive oil and garlic powder. Lay onto a sheet pan and bake for about 8 minutes, turning at least once, or until golden brown.
- Heat the stock.
- Once vegetables are roasted, squeeze roasted garlic cloves into the mixture. Add heated stock and blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
- Add heavy cream and blend again until smooth and creamy. Taste for salt.
- Ladle into bowls. Garnish with olive oil, cracked black pepper, fresh basil, and homemade croutons.
How to Serve and Store Tomato Soup
Enjoy this creamy tomato soup alone, or pair with a side salad or grilled cheese sandwich for a complete meal.
How to Store Leftovers: Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For longer storage, freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. To reheat, simply warm on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.
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