Saturday, February 26, 2011

Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup


Some might say that this soup is best suited to summer months when delicious ripe Irish tomatoes are in high season. It is true that the result will be fresher however using a good- quality tin of cherry tomatoes makes for a really delicious taste of summer, any time of the year. If using a tin of tomatoes always add a spoonful of sugar as they tend to be sharper in taste. I'm a fan of homemade soups for many reasons. They are quick to make, filling, nutritious and also when blender a great way to sneak some vegetables into your child's diet.
This recipe is from Clodagh McKenna's Homemade. I simply blended it and added a little dash of cream before serving to the children.



Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup

Ingredients
600g cherry tomatoes, halved
2 garlic cloves,crushed
1 red onion, chopped into large chunks
extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
10 basil leaves, torn
500mls chicken or vegetable stock
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160C.
  2. Put the tomatoes, garlic and onion in an over proof dish, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. With clean hands, massage all the ingredients together for 5 minutes to enhance the flavour of the soup. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes
  4. Allow the tomatoes to cool slightly when they have come out of the oven, then tip into a large bowl with the fresh basil leaves. Allow to infuse for a minute.
  5. Pour the stock into the saucepan, stir in the tomatoes and basil and place over a low heat for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve the soup chunky or blend for a smoother finish.


9 comments:

Sheila Kiely said...

Yum Nessa,this looks warming. Am big fan of hearty soups..

Nessa Robins said...

Thanks Sheila. I find soups great for the kids - anytime of the year!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

I love the colour of your soup; it shows you've used fresh and healthy ingredients! Tomato and basil would be a great combo.

Ps. To answer your question, I do eat some of the treats I make on my blog but generally they are shared or given away to friends. I must TASTE everything though, for the purpose of giving honest descriptions of the food I make.

Nessa Robins said...

Thanks Brittany! Do your friends realise how lucky they are to have such a supply of delicious goodies!! So many lovely dishes - I already have a number of your recipes that I want to try!

Brownieville Girl said...

Love this soup Nessa - brim full of flavour.

The rolls look great too.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I could swim in this soup. All of my favorite flavors. Really enjoyed my visit tonight.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

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You have a lovely blog, and I'm excited to explore it more and more. I love the idea that you do cooking classes for children!

Your soup looks delicious! Good tomato soup is one of my favorites and this looks like it's perfect!

Have a wonderful day!

Nessa Robins said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I really enjoy finding new blogs. I now have a long list of new recipes to try!!

Zoe said...

I don't think this soup for summery months only. I can eat this in every season throughout the year.

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