Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

Soup | October 17, 2017 | By

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs and a drizzle of cream blended into an easy, silky, 0utrageously delicious comfort meal.

It was tough saying goodbye to summer this year (except the bathing suit part), but cooler weather means it’s time for one of my favorite combinations, Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese. This Roasted Tomato Soup was made with the last of my garden tomatoes along with some herbs and comes with a modern twist, Grilled Cheese Croutons that have become my new obsession.

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

Tomato Soup has been my go-to comfort meal since I was a little girl. I loved the creaminess and tangy tomato taste from that classic red and white can (what did I know?). I’d crush a fistful of saltine crackers into it. It was perfect on cold, snowy days.

Roasted Tomato Soup has the same creaminess but ramped up taste with the added flavor of fresh herbs and roasted, caramelized tomatoes. You’ll find lots of variations of Tomato Soup on Pinterest ~ some roasted, others not but roasting and caramelizing tomatoes is my favorite because brings out all their sweet delicious flavor.

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

The list of cheeses you can use for your Grilled Cheese Croutons could go on and on but basically any kind of good melting cheese from classic American to Smoked Gouda or even Pepper Jack if you’re looking for a little kick.

Grilled Cheese Croutons don’t require a recipe ~ just a simple grilled cheese of your choosing cut into crouton size bites and dropped as you please into your soup. Done and done. 

Heads up though ~ that stuff in the can can’t hold a candle to this Roasted Tomato Soup though either will warm you from the inside out.

Roasted Tomato Soup is really easy to make and you can’t beat the aroma when you’re making it. And the Grilled Cheese Croutons ~ well, they almost overshadow the soup itself.

Roasted Tomato Soup Ingredients:

  • 10-12 Roma Tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds) halved, seeds and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half

The step-by-step:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

Place the tomatoes and onion on a baking sheet, tuck the garlic cloves into the tomatoes so they aren’t directly on the cookie sheet then drizzle the olive oil over the top.

Blend the mixture so everything is coated with olive oil, season with salt and pepper then lay the thyme sprigs over the top.

Roast 25 minutes, give it a good stir then continue roasting another 20 minutes or until tomatoes are softened and are starting to caramelized on the bottom and edges. 

Transfer the cooled tomatoes to a soup pot then add the butter, stock and tomato paste. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes then blend with an immersion blender until its smooth. Add the cream, blending gently with a spoon. Optional: drizzle cream over the top of each bowl.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir it again, scraping up any browned bits from the baking sheet , then let it cool completely, removing the thyme sprigs.

Transfer the cooled tomatoes to a soup pot then add the butter, stock and tomato paste. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes then blend with an immersion blender until its smooth.

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

 

Add the cream, blending gently with a spoon. Optional: drizzle cream over the top of each bowl.  

Looking for an authentically delicious Roasted Tomato Marinara? Look no further. Enjoy!

Roasted Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons. Caramelized oven roasted tomatoes, fresh herbs blended to an easy, creamy delicious comfort meal.

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Roasted Tomato Soup
Ingredients
  • 10-12 Roma Tomatoes about 1 1/2 pounds halved, seeds and stems removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium onion rough chopped
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the tomatoes and onion on a baking sheet, tuck the garlic cloves into the tomatoes so they aren’t directly on the cookie sheet then drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  3. Blend the mixture so everything is coated with olive oil, season with salt and pepper then lay the thyme sprigs over the top.
  4. Roast 25 minutes, stir then continue roasting another 20 minutes or until tomatoes are softened and are starting to caramelized on the bottom and edges.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, stir again, scraping up any browned bits from the baking sheet, then let it cool completely, removing the thyme sprigs.
  6. Transfer the cooled tomatoes to a soup pot, add the butter, stock and tomato paste.
  7. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes then blend with an immersion blender until it's smooth.
  8. Add the cream, blending gently with a spoon. Optional: drizzle cream over the top of each bowl.

  1. Tammi @Momma's Meals
    September 27, 2015

    Can you believe I just made my first homemade tomato soup last year for the first time? I had no idea how easy it was. I can’t wait to try yours!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Thanks Tammi — I hope you do! It’s super easy πŸ™‚

  2. Sam @ PancakeWarriors
    September 27, 2015

    Horray for all things fall. Yes to the boots and sweaters and goodbye bathing suits πŸ™‚ It’s a great time of year for comfort foods and this soup and sammy combo knocks it out of the park! Yum!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Thank you so much!!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Tim obviously has good taste in women AND soup! πŸ™‚

  3. Hezzi-D
    September 27, 2015

    I love tomato soup…can’t wait to make it for myself!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Please do! It’ll warm you from the inside out on a cold day — and the bacon-tomato grilled cheese pairs well with it.

  4. Tara
    September 27, 2015

    Yum! This would be a great way to use up the last of my tomatoes from the garden.

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Your garden tomatoes would be perfect Tara!

  5. Liz
    September 27, 2015

    Such a classic pairing! Both your amped up grilled cheese and your tomato soup look marvelous!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Thank you so much Liz!!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      hahaha thanks Betsy!!

    • Bernie
      September 29, 2015

      Thank you Cindy!

  6. Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook
    September 29, 2015

    Thank you for making me smile – loved your squirrel analogy. You settled on a fantastic fall meal.
    Anywho…. I love that you roast the tomatoes first, so much flavor!

  7. Sarah
    October 1, 2015

    Tomato soup AND grilled cheese with bacon?? Heck yes!

    • Bernie
      October 2, 2015

      Sarah — it’s a go big or go home kind of thing!! πŸ™‚

  8. Sue Lau
    October 4, 2015

    Great soup for cool weather!

    • Bernie
      October 6, 2015

      Thanks Sue!