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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Is Superbly Comforting

Last Sunday I caught a Barefoot Contessa marathon on Food Network where one recipe stood out in my mind. So much that I went straight to the store to purchase the ingredients and made it that evening for dinner. The recipe was for roasted tomato soup with fresh basil. Although neither element is in season, the soup looked soothing, scrumptious, and hearty.It was featured on an episode devoted to healthier, feel-good food, so I didn't worry about serving myself an extra-large helping — it's that good! Unlike other roasted tomato soups, Ina's rendition is rich and flavorful without the addition of cream. The red pepper flakes provide a lovely heat. For the ultimate comfort meal, serve with a grilled cheese sandwich or homemade croutons. Want the recipe? All you have to do is


Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup


  1. 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  5. 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  6. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  9. 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
  10. 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  11. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  12. 1 quart chicken stock or water


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
  3. In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown.
  4. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock.
  5. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet.
  6. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
  7. Pass through a food mill* fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

Serves 8.

*I do not own a food mill and pureed my soup successfully with an immersion blender.

jessiejay1976 jessiejay1976 8 years
I made this last night and it is soooooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I didn't have red pepper flakes so I used a dash of hot sauce and I don't own a food mill or immersion blender so I pureed it in a regular blender and it came out great! I can't wait to have this soup with grilled cheese sammiches tonight!
linds1019 linds1019 8 years
I love tomato soup! Yum...
emalove emalove 8 years
Who doesn't love a nice bowl of tomato soup?! I know I do...and I love Barefoot Contessa.
TidalWave23 TidalWave23 8 years
I had roasted tomato basil soup for dinner last night with a chewy slice of ciabatta bread. :drool: It was delicious!
oneprettything oneprettything 8 years
YAY for soup without cream! I can turn this into a vegan version so easily-thanks tons!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Yummy! Tomato soup is always supremely comforting.
tsp tsp 8 years
i stepped away from my desk earlier, and came back to a hot bowl of homemade roasted tomato soup that my co-worker left for me. it was AWESOME. he didn't do this recipe, but i'm sure there were many similarities. he did say he used only 1/4 c of cream for the whole pot. also, instead of adding spice with red pepper flakes, he used peperoncini, which to me gave the spice a really nice depth. it was delicious!
rb24 rb24 8 years
Yum I didnt see this but I the chicken bouillabaisse and it was insanely good.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
ooooh this looks so good and it's FREEZING outside right now here in NYC - so there's nothing better than a soothing bowl of tomato soup. i've been one of the lazy ones in the past and just opened the can, so this could be a great alternative. thanks for sharing the recipe!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
I watched the marathon also and I made chicken bouillabaisse.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
How many bunches of basil did you use?
syako syako 8 years
:drool: You're making me want to go to the store and get the ingredients for tonight! :P
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