Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tomato Soup with Garlic Rosemary Parmesan Croutons

One of my favorite meals of the week was my tomato soup. I used homegrown tomatoes and basil. I also made a garlic, rosemary butter (with some rosemary from my overgrowing rosemary plant) to make Parmesan croutons to accompany the soup. Tomato season is almost over, so this was almost like a farewell to my beloved tomatoes...

Here is a picture of the tomatoes and basil after I picked them.

I started by sauteing some onions and garlic in a bit of olive oil.

Then I added the tomatoes.

I let the tomatoes cook for about ten minutes before I added the basil as well as one cup of vegetable broth. I also added some salt and pepper.

I continued to simmer the tomatoes for another fifteen minutes and then used my immersion blender to puree everything. After the soup was pureed, I cooked it for an additional 10 minutes.

Here is a picture of the finished soup.

While the soup was cooking, I made some rosemary garlic butter for the croutons. I used about a third of a stick of butter, two large cloves of garlic, finely chopped, and the needles on one sprig of rosemary, also finely chopped. There is still some leftover garlic rosemary butter in my fridge...

To make the croutons, I cut some leftover walnut baguette into thin slices. I usually buy a walnut baguette from my favorite baker at the Farmers' Market every other week and freeze half as soon as I get home. The baguette is kind of pricey, and freezing half assures we get to enjoy some the next week as well.

I spread a bit of the garlic rosemary butter on each slice of bread. I then baked the bread slices in a 450 degree oven for about 7 minutes, at which time I topped them with some Parmesan cheese and baked them for a few more minutes.

Finally, here is a picture of my bowl of soup with some croutons. It was very good.

I neither peel nor seed the tomatoes to make this soup. The soup is therefore kind of thick. I love it that way. However, if you prefer a thinner soup, you can blanch the tomatoes (put the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for about one minute and then transfer them to a bowl of ice water). You can then skin them easily and also take out the seeds.

Questions: What's your favorite soup? When was the last time you had it?

Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. I love tomato soup, too. Especially when it uses fresh tomatoes. Yum!!!!! I also love a good bowl of ginger chicken soup, too. I think may just have to make some for this week's menu.

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  2. Your soup looks fantastic! God bless the immersion blender. My favorite soup is lentil vegetable soup, but I don't make it nearly enough. It's been a few months, probably.

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  3. The tomato soup looks delicious, especially with those homegrown tomatoes and basil. We had our first batch of tomatoes this summer...yeah, Washington is kind of slow ;)

    One of my favorite soups is split pea soup at panera's, but I haven't had it for a long time. My other favorite is a roasted veggie soup with sweet potatoes. I made it last winter, but will make it again this year (hopefully)!

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  4. So amazing! And so pretty too. I love tomato soup, but I don't think I have ever had it with home grown tomatoes, how sad.
    The homemade croutons and the garlic rosemary butter sound perfect.
    I really like the butternut soup from the PAcific Company. HAve you tried it? It's to die for.

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  5. oh I think MY favorite soup is THAT one!

    I just bought a loaf of bread that almost always gets stale soon...maybe I'll freeze half of it too.

    great tip!

    never thought to make croutons.....HAVE TO NOW

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  6. That looks SO good! I love that you made your own croutons and were able to use your bountiful harvest - fab!! My favorite soup right now is that new taco soup I just made - LOVE! Usually i'm a die-hard broccoli/cheddar. nom nom nom

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  7. I can't pick a favorite soup because they're all so good, but a well-made tomato soup is always incredible!

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  8. I love tomato soup too, but I'm the only one in my family who does!

    My favorite soup is minestrone. I just love the beans, veggies and tomato base! Yum.

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  9. Such a great soup!!!! So pretty and delicious! I can imagine its flavor! :)
    my favorite soup? celery ginger soup. I think I had it like 2 years ago!

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  10. That looks AMAZING! I've been craving tomato soup, too! The addition of those croutons are over-the-top good!!!!

    My favorite soup is French Onion - it's all about the cheese!

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  11. WOW, every part of that meal looks delicious! I love the croutons! My favorite soup is minestrone - I'm pretty much a fan of anything Italian and the combo of beans and veggies is always a hit! :)

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  12. Beautiful soup and I love the croutons-- never made my own and now I want to try them! Tomato is my all-time favorite soup-- thanks so much for sharing your version.

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  13. I'm with Marisa. I love French Onion Soup. There's also a really delicious Rockin Moroccan Vegetable Stew in the Crazy Plates cookbook that I make several times a winter. It has sweet potatos and peanut butter in it. Don't screw up your face like that :) It's good!

    That tomato soup looks so lovely and fresh and delicious.

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  14. Beautiful soup!

    I love carrot/ginger soup.

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  15. Mmmm I loooove tomato soup and grilled cheese. Your soup looks amazing. And I have a deck full of rosemary for croutons!

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  16. gorgeous soup! i like that you didn't peel/deseed the tomatoes - i like a thick soup as well....plus i'm lazy

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  17. This will be appearing at my dinner table this week with all the tomatoes I just picked!!

    I love split pea soup....

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  18. this soup looks amazing...and obviously the best part are the croutons! sooooooo good! tomato soup and grilled cheese is a favorite...and chili - does that count?

    hope you had a good weekend dear andrea!

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  19. This sounds so yummy! Thanks for the step by step instructions. I still have some green tomatoes and I'm hoping they redden before it gets too cold. Fingers crossed.

    I love soup. In the Autumn and Winter I cook soup a lot (and also get an occasional bowl at Au Bon Pain if I didn't have time to make my lunch).

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  20. Tomato soup is up there, although sweet corn and roasted red pepper are two more that may top the list! Your soup and its croutons look excellent by the way.

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  21. This is my idea of a perfect meal. It looks wonderful.

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  22. I'm a big tomato soup fan...and yours looks fantastic! I love the idea of garlic, rosemary and parmesan bread... Can't wait to try it.

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  23. Hello,

    love this, even though I don't eat soup that much but I do love tomatoes and I usually include seeds and skin in cooking too :)

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  24. I just love fresh tomato soup and I especially love those amazing croutons set on top! Yum!

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  25. This looks awesome have never tried fresh tomato soup, its now on my list thanks for posting!

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  26. Gorgeous soup! Fresh, homegrown, tomato soup sounds incredible.

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  27. The different varieties of tomatoes you have are gorgeous! I love adding a little bit of carrots and fennel to sweeten it up too!

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