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Stupid Good Roasted Tomato Soup & How to Chop Fancy Basil.

Posted Jan 12 2013 12:00am

This post really should be called, Immersion Excursions.

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Before lunch on Friday I stopped by my Grandma’s house. We talked about a LOT of stuff including my new cooking hobby   for 2013. She asked if I needed anything for my next Top Chef University recipe.  And… well… I did what any normal grandchild would do in that situation. I told her something extravagant that I’d never actually buy myself but really-really wanted.

Hello, Immersion Blender!

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Thanks Grandma! Those cheesey pics are for you!

This recipe was holy-bomb delicious! And super easy. I’m a huge fan of easy and I don’t think soup could be any more simple. It’s almost like this… throw everything in a pan and you’re done! That’s my kind of recipe.

  • I immersion blended
  • I made a puree (this is a pureed soup, FYI)
  • I sliced basil, like a master!
  • I toasted bread in the oven, not the toaster

Spike teaches this recipe and it takes about an hour (it’s an easy hour so don’t freak out). Serves 4-6.

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Ingredients

  • 14 roma tomatoes, halved, cores chopped off
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 cup evoo
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups veggie or chicken stock
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 pts heavy cream
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • fresh basil, sliced for garnish
  • toasted french bread

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the halved roma tomatoes out on a cooking pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add diced onion, crushed garlic, bay leaves, and thyme. Put pan in the oven and roast for 35-40 minutes. Remove thyme sprigs and bay leaves, throw away.

Remove pan from oven. Heat cream in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. Add stock once lightly boiling. Let the mixture cook down for 3-4 minutes. Add roasted tomato and onion to the heated cream mixture. Heat for another 4 minutes.

If you have an immersion blender, get to blending. You can also use a good ole’ blender. Pour the mixture into the blender, pulse about 10 times then blend. If you want the soup smooth, pour through a strainer but it’s not required. Top each bowl with fresh basil and a slice of toasted french bread.

wash…

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stack…

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roll…

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slice…

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Voila! Basil just like on the BBQ Chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen!

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Is it weird that I compare my basil skills to that of CPK?

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To make the French bread, I simply sliced up a French loaf, drizzled one side with evoo, salt, and pepper then turned each slice over and did the other side. I broiled the bread for a few minutes on each side to make them toasty.

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Look at that pretty soup! The basil is not just for looks people, it really adds to the flava. I don’t recommend skipping it!!

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This brings soup week to an end! I’m crying on the inside, I love soup!

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