roasted tomato soup

I'm not sure that there are better combinations in life (especially on a rainy October day) than tomato soup and grilled cheese. yt had some friends over to watch Sunday Night Football and they helped polish off a big pot of soup and eight grilled cheese sandwiches.

Here's what you'll need...
2 pounds of tomatoes, halved
1 small yellow onion, halved 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/2 teaspoon red pepper
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
3 basil leaves chopped
2 cups of reduced sodium chicken stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper

Here's what to do... 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a baking sheet, place the tomato and onion cut side up and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle one tablespoon of salt over the tomatoes and onion. Roast for 50 minutes, then add garlic to the pan. Roast for an additional 10 minutes. 
In a blender or food processor, puree the roasted vegetables and pan juices until smooth. Add the thyme, oregano, peppers and basil and puree again until blended.
Pour mixture into a large pot and add chicken stock. Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cream and stir well to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I used freshly baked semolina bread with both gouda and sharp cheddar for the grilled cheeses! Yum.  


  1. i am SO making this! we are inundated with tomatoes here in italy and i'm always looking for new ways to use them. thanks lara! :) happy halloween! marissa @ the boot

  2. delicious combination!!!! Thanks for Sharing your recipe. Happy Halloween!!!

  3. This sounds delicious!! and what a great recipe!! You should come link it up with me :)

    Happy Monday,

  4. Happy Halloween! That soup looks delicious!

  5. I love grilled cheese and tomato soup together. Great meal. :)

  6. Grilled cheese and roasted tomato soup are on the menu at least once a month at my house! This reminds me that I haven't made it in a while. Happy Halloween!

  7. Yum! Looks like a perfect meal for those cold days that are quickly approaching!

  8. Yum, perfect fall meal!

    Happy Halloween!


  9. This soup looks out of this world!!! YUMM!

  10. Delicious! I love roasting tomatoes like this too. Whether in soup, as a side, or even to put in salads, it makes the flavor so good. Have you ever tried drizzling a little balsamic on too before roasting?

  11. Ugh, looks delicious! Now I'm hungry:) Lovely post! Happy Halloween.

  12. oh my gosh yum... this takes me back to college when we used to have grilled cheese + tomato soup every Friday for lunch... it never got old :)

  13. You seriously cannot go wrong with that combo!

  14. Mmmm - this looks delicious!! One of my favorite food combos of all time... seriously yum comfort food. I hope you had a great weekend... happy Halloween!

  15. That is my favorite sandwich/soup combo. I eat this several times a week over the winter. so, im obviously trying this!! xoxo happy halloween!