10/27/10

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, you can 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!



Print Friendly and PDF
Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup
Adapted from Ina Garten's Creamy Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients
3 tablespoons good olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped red onions (2 onions)
2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped
1 tablespoon minced or roasted garlic (3 cloves)
4 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, quartered (5-6 large)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves, plus julienned basil leaves, for garnish (I used pesto)
3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
Croutons, for garnish
Directions
Put tomatoes in a single layer on a foil lined baking sheet.  Lightly drizzle tomatoes with olive oil.
Bake in a 325ºF oven for about an hour.
In a large dutch oven or soup pot, combine olive oil, red onions and carrots.  Add garlic at this point.  If using roasted garlic, save it for the end of the dish.  Saute for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
Add tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, stock, salt and pepper and stir well.
Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered for 30-40 minutes.
Add roasted garlic.  Puree soup with a blender, food processor or food mill.  If using a blender or processor, push soup through a medium strainer that will leave residual skin and seeds behind.
Add cream.

Reheat soup over low heat until hot and serve with basil leaves and/or croutons.

Enjoy!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Pin It button on image hover