Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

When I got up this morning I was actually planning to do another blog posting about cookies. I know what you’re thinking, Mama, enough with the cookies already. It is an uncharacteristically cold and gloomy day here, yes, 55 degrees is cold, so I decided to re-think my strategy. I thought I should choose to make something for my posting that I could also serve to the family for dinner tonight. Ah yes, therefore killing two birds with one stone.

Due to the aforementioned gloominess, I decided that my family would probably appreciate some good ‘ol comfort food. I don’t know about you, but grilled cheese and tomato soup is about as cozy as you can get.  I rarely get a reaction from the husband and kids regarding my cooking, but the Roasted Tomato Soup got rave reviews.

It’s just a suggestion, but if you’re having a get-together for New Year’s, how about Roasted Tomato Soup Shots with a dollop of creme fraiche, or for a New Year’s brunch you can serve the soup in mason jars with a mini grilled cheese sandwich. And the best part is you can make the soup in advance, because it will actually taste better the next day.

Roasting tomatoes in the oven.

Roasting tomatoes in the oven.

Roasted Tomato Soup

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh tomatoes (I used tomatoes on the vine)
  • 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cans (28 oz) San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • Garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche, sour cream, yogurt or mascarpone (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, and place rack in the lower third of oven.  Wash and dry tomatoes, and then cut them in half. Using your fingers, gently squeeze out the seeds. Place the tomatoes and garlic in a large bowl and drizzle with the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, and toss it all together with your hands. Spread the tomatoes out on a large baking sheet cut side up.  Place the garlic pieces in the tomato cavity (I don’t know what else to call it) as shown in the above photo. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until tomatoes begin to caramelize. Yum, now we’re creating great flavor! Then set aside to cool.
  2. Now, strain the juice into a measuring cup or bowl, from the 2 cans of tomatoes and reserve for later. You should have about 1 cup of liquid from the cans.  Next, puree the canned tomatoes, the roasted tomatoes and garlic in batches in a blender and place in a large bowl.
  3. In a large stock pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter, then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 medium, diced onion. Sweat the onion for about 5 minutes until it becomes translucent. Add  1/4 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and quickly whisk or stir with a wooden spoon for about 1 minute until all ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Add all the pureed tomato and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, the bay leaf, cumin, rosemary spring, thyme sprigs, reserved juice and 1 cup of chicken broth. Whisk to make sure no flour has stuck to the bottom. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring in 15 minute intervals. Remove the rosemary and thyme sprigs. After it simmered, I used an immersion blender to blend the onion into the soup. If you don’t have one, you could run it through the blender again. You should let the soup cool a bit before you so though, because hot liquids spurt out of the blender. Cover the top of the blender with a kitchen towel.
  5. I ran the soup through a sieve to remove any seeds and tomato skin and ended up with a smooth, silky soup. I returned the soup to the stock pot to warm before serving.
  6. I like to serve the soup with a little dollop of creme fraiche for a little added creaminess.

Makes about 8 cups of soup

Roasted Tomato Soup in Mason Jars with Mini Grilled Cheese

Roasted Tomato Soup in Mason Jars with Mini Grilled Cheese

Mama’s Tips:

You can store the soup in a sealed container. It’s actually better the next day after all the flavors meld together. Just gently reheat to serve.

If you want to make this a vegetarian dish, you can substitute the chicken broth with vegetable broth or water.

To add extra creaminess to the soup, you can garnish it with creme fraiche, sour cream, yogurt or mascarpone.

If your soup comes out too thick, then just thin it with a little extra broth or water. But remember, add just a little at a time to achieve your desired consistency.

Roasted Tomato Soup - Soup Shots with a dollop of Creme Fraiche

Roasted Tomato Soup – Soup Shots with a dollop of Creme Fraiche

Recipe: Intermediate

Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

46 Comments on “Roasted Tomato Soup”

  1. The Editor says:

    This sounds great on a cold day like today…

  2. This looks delicious, Sharon! I will definitely try it. A little fresh parsley looked lovely for the presentation. And those chevré grilled cheese on pumpernickel… Delicious. Best, Shanna

  3. suzanne says:

    Your soup is wonderful and you are so right, grilled cheese and tomato soup is one of the ultimate comfort dishes. Layering flavor like you have done here makes this soup really stand out. Shots are a wonderful idea and with creme fraiche, delicious. I love the presentation in the mason jar with the small grilled cheese. Fantastic,

  4. Chef Drew says:

    These beat whatever slop they’ll be serving at the bars!

  5. This looks delicious: the perfect comfort food. The mini grilled cheese sandwiches are cute.
    I would love a bowl of that right now. Maybe it would chase away this winter bug/virus I have had for the past few days. 😦

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. cloverleaf says:

    Love the variety of presentations, especially the mason jar and mini grilled cheese! Your photos are really some of the best on the net! 🙂

  7. Karen says:

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato soup. Your meal sounds wonderful for the cold, icy weather we are having.

  8. Love that combo! And your grilled cheese made me want to lick the screen. What a perfectly delicious and appropriate soup for our California “cold” days. 🙂 Happy holidays and New Year!

  9. meryoungson says:

    I wanna make this! Forgot how much I love tomato soup with grilled cheese; the perf winter combo

  10. df says:

    Sheryl, this is just so deliciously comforting looking, I hardly know what to say! Thank you for this, what a gift! I think I will have to make this over the holidays, even though a tomato on the vine is not something in my life right now. Happy New Year!

    • I just got done looking at your lovely winter wonderland photos, so I guess you don’t have a lot of fresh tomatoes right now! However, you can swap out the fresh ones and use all canned ones, and the soup will be just as good. Hot soup and grilled cheese is the best on a cold winter’s night! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  11. Here’s the thing about your blog: I first scan it for the lovely photos and I think, “This looks really hard.” Then I read the recipe and am always delighted to realize that this is something I could make, too. 🙂

    Thanks for posting this utterly fantastic recipe. I love both roasted tomatoes AND homemade soup, so this is a match made in culinary heaven.

  12. AgileWriter says:

    Thanks very healthy and seems delicious!!!

  13. Thanks for posting this recipe. I, too, like to make my tomato soup from Fresh tomatoes. There is nothing quite like the taste of soup made from fresh tomatoes.

  14. BeWithUs says:

    Yummy!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Merry Christmas, my friend! All the best to you and your loved ones in year 2014.

    Cheers!! 😀

  15. ritavegas says:

    It looks so scrumptious!!

  16. Loved all your pictures! They make me want to lick the screen too! I guess that’s what the pictures on food blogs should do, you have done a fantastic job mama!
    P. S. What camera are you using? 🙂

  17. thefolia says:

    I always try to come up with unique ways for my young audience to try something new. Love the mini grilled cheese idea with soup in a mason jar–will try this approach. Thanks for sharing. Happy Nesting.

  18. Ahh, we love this kind of soup around here. Unfortunately, if it were in the 50’s around here, it would be summer, so we see lots of this kind of comforting soup round these parts. Looks delicious! (and i love all your cookie recipes, bring em on : D)

  19. Brilliant serving suggestions!!

  20. themondaybox says:

    Yum, Sheryl! We eat with our eyes and your soup photos are filling me with warmth and comfort. 🙂 Tomato soup is a favorite at our house. Roasting the tomatoes can only improve the flavor of this soup! Thanks! Wishing you a peace-filled New Year!

  21. Hi Sheryl…I have nominated you for two awards; The Blog of the Year 2013 Award and the Versatile Blogger Award. Pick them up here:

    Have a wonderful day!

  22. meganchapple says:

    I love roasted soup. This looks delicious

  23. naomimgruer says:

    How did you know I had a hankering (yes, hankering) to make this?

  24. Oh Mama! Let me tell you how good this sounds to me: I don’t like tomatoes. And I can’t wait to make this tonight so it will be better tomorrow for my new year’s day company. You’ve inspired me. Thank you. I always enjoy reading your posts, even if I don’t comment all the time. I’ve let my blogging life get away from me a little in the last few months. Happy New Year!

  25. ennairamnl says:

    WOW, what a beautiful pictures! They’re mouth watering!

  26. ohlidia says:

    I could sure go for a bowl of that soup. Looks fabulous! Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

  27. juliecrombe says:

    That tomato soup looks delicious! Your food pictures are amazing and they make me want to go buy all the ingredients so I can make all those delicious meals too! Keep up the good work & happy 2014!

  28. Huh, fixing up the tomato before souping it. What an idea! And I love the mini sandwich on a skewer on top of a bell jar of the soup. So cute! Happy New Year`s.

  29. aliyajade says:

    The photos here are stunning. I love the little jars.

  30. hlb78 says:

    Mmmm! Looks very good! 🙂

  31. Rörschåch says:

    Love the Kerr jar and half grilled cheese shot. GORGEOUS! I really appreciate that you roasted the tomatoes. Makes such a difference in this season of blah tomatoes.

  32. Beautiful soup! This is really similar to my go-to recipe, but you have gone the extra mile and made it extra smooth by straining it. I’m definitely going to do that next time I make it! So happy to have found your blog–it’s really gorgeous!

  33. Great presentation, love the little sandwiches on skewers. I could imagine that my kids would just love them!

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