2 Roasted Tomato Tortellini Soup

During the summer, I received a coupon from Buitoni and FoodBuzz to try a pasta of my choice.  I chose their fresh tortellini.

Did you know that you can freeze fresh pasta?  I became very busy this past summer and stuck this in the freezer.

Recently,  Girlichef took tomato soup up a notch, roasting her tomatoes and adding cute little cheese sandwich croutons.  I made a creamy tomato soup at my last  Christmas dinner ,  and thought, why not roast the tomatoes and add tortellini?

Roasting tomatoes are easy.  I gathered four pounds of vine tomatoes, washed and quartered them.  Put them on a baking sheet and drizzled them with olive oil.

Put them in a 325ºF oven for about an hour,

 till you get this.

Don't forget...you'll want to roast some garlic while you roasting the tomatoes.

In a large pot, add olive oil, red onions,
 chopped carrots and roasted garlic,
 and add just a touch of sugar to sweeten the acidity of the tomatoes.
The recipe calls for 1 Tablespoon of tomato paste.

Tomato paste adds a punch of tomato flavor to any recipe.

Why waste a whole can when you can freeze it?

 This POST shows how to freeze tomato paste.

Don't have fresh basil?

Don't worry, use pesto.

I froze some in some ice cube trays and other containers last year, thanks to this tip from Kaylyn's Kitchen.

Add some chicken stock.

I love to use the McCormick's chicken base and keep it in my fridge.

Freshly ground pepper is good, too.

Okay, this is where my $10 immersion blender comes in.

If you don't have one, use a food processor, blender, or food mill.

Unless you have a blender that can pulverize everything, you can strain this.

Using a rubber spatula and pushing it through a coarse strainer, this is what is left behind.

You could always skin and seed your tomatoes using this method.

Add some cream.

Cream makes everything better...

There you have it.

Fresh, creamy, roasted tomato soup.

Oh, and don't forget Buitoni's Fresh Tortellini ~

It was fabulous in this soup!

Thanks, Buitoni and FoodBuzz!

Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup
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