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Tomato Basil Soup

My friend Michelle made this tomato soup for me right after the baby was born and I’ve made it twice in the last few weeks. It is my favorite kind of recipe, easy to make and really fresh ingredients. The recipe is from Ina Garten and it keeps really well. It is even better with fresh croĆ»tons and topped in grated Parmesan cheese with a panini on the side.

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

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 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.

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. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

{photo from Martha}

  1. sweetbeans

    January 10, 2008

    Yum! Tomato soup is my favorite.

  2. Jess

    January 10, 2008

    Tomato soup is my very favorite soup. I eat it all winter long. I’ve never made it myself so I am excited to try this.

  3. Kirsten

    January 10, 2008

    Oooh – this looks good. Have you heard about the Soup Swapping thing? I’m hosting one in Indianapolis and hosted two last year. It’s a cool little concept – you and your friends make, freeze, and swap soups for a freezer full of goodness.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Annabanana

    January 10, 2008

    mmmmm…sounds so yummy

  5. Katie

    January 10, 2008

    Sounds really good. I love really fresh homemade soup.

    I’ve found a lot of people who say they don’t really like soup, but I think they only say that because their only experience with it is from a can or pre-made from a store.

    Then I have them over for real homemade soup where I’ve even made the stock myself and they are blown away.

    Soup rocks.

  6. michelle

    January 10, 2008

    We just ate that for dinner last night too. I’m glad you like it so much.

  7. eclecticentertaining

    January 10, 2008

    Everything the Contessa does is fantastic. I love her and this soup is yummy. So is her French onion soup.

  8. Shar

    January 10, 2008

    i’m sick and craving soup. this one sounds perfect.

  9. Emily Watson

    January 10, 2008

    I make this all the time! I have posted it on my blog a couple of times, when serving a group its really good if you add cream!

    Your baby is just adorable!

  10. Erica

    January 10, 2008

    One of my favorite soups ever!

  11. amber

    January 10, 2008

    sounds great! a rainy day is so much better with tomato soup and some crusty bread. mmm

  12. Shar

    January 10, 2008

    “Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. “

    Do i have to? Is there an alternative?

  13. jordan

    January 10, 2008


    Just put it in a blender or food processor–whatever.

  14. robin k

    January 10, 2008

    Thanks again, Jordan, for making this on Christmas afternoon. It was yummy and the afternoon was lovely.

  15. eclecticentertaining

    January 10, 2008

    I bought a food mill because of the Contessa (and I love it), but the hand blender would also work great.

  16. michelle

    January 11, 2008

    Sharon – I use a stick blender.

  17. sweetbeans

    January 15, 2008

    I just made this tonight using the immersion blender…works great! I also added a touch of 1/2 & 1/2. It was fantastic…thanks for the recipe, Jordan!

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