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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Crisps

In a word, YUM. When I was growing up I always thought I hated tomato soup, because I’d only had the condensed, canned kind and I never liked it. Over the past few years, I realized that I actually love most homemade or restaurant-made tomato soups, and when I found this recipe on Annie’s Eats I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making my own. I used slightly less oil and salt than the original and when I saw she’d photographed the soup with Parmesan crisps (without including them in her post), I thought I’d try adding those to the recipe as well.  The Parmesan crisps turned out to be a fabulous idea. This soup has a delicious, comforting taste and uses fresh & healthy ingredients, without adding in cream like many other tomato soup recipes. The crispy Parmesan added texture and I think all the soup ingredients really stood out on their own while still blending together beautifully. This is a good, filling dish by itself, but would also be wonderful paired with half a grilled cheese sandwich for that classic comfort food pairing. Enjoy!

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Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Crisps

Yield: 9 (1 cup soup with 2 crisps) servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 lbs. ripe tomatoes
  • 5 T extra virgin olive oil, separated
  • 2 t salt
  • 1½ t black pepper
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 c onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ t red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 oz) can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 c fresh basil leaves
  • 1 t fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 c low-sodium fat free chicken broth (such as Swanson’s) OR vegetable broth if you’d like to make this vegetarian

For crisps:

  • 3 oz Parmesan cheese (freshly grated from a block, not the kind that comes in a can – use the small-hole side of a box cheese grater to grate your own)
  • black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400. Halve the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds. In a large bowl, combine the tomato halves with 3 T of olive oil, salt and the 1 ½ t of black pepper and stir to coat well. On a large baking sheet, spread the tomato halves in a single layer and roast in the pre-heated oven for 45 minutes (I used this time to prep my other ingredients (chop my onions, mince my garlic, tear my basil leaves up a bit). Remove from oven and set aside. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees (to pre-heat it for the Parmesan crisps).
  2. In a large pot, combine the remaining 2 T olive oil with the butter and melt over medium heat. Once butter is melted, add the chopped onions, the garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook 7-10 minutes until softened, stirring occasionally. Add the roasted tomatoes, canned tomatoes, basil, thyme and chicken (or vegetable) broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.
  3. While the soup cooks, grate the Parmesan cheese using the small-hole side of a box grater. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and working in batches (I did 6 per baking sheet, so 3 batches) make 18 piles of 1 T of Parmesan each onto the parchment paper, leaving several inches in between. With the back of a spoon, flatten each pile until evenly spread and then sprinkle freshly ground black pepper over each, to taste. Bake each tray on the middle rack in the oven for 6-7 minutes at 300 degrees until golden brown. Set aside.
  4. When soup is done cooking, puree the soup completely, either by using an immersion blender directly in the pot (one of my favorite kitchen tools!) or by pouring the soup in batches into a normal blender, until smooth. Serve each cup of soup with 2 crisps on top.

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
5 per serving, or 4 without crisps (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

adapted from Annie’s Eats

   

10 Responses to “Roasted Tomato Basil Soup with Parmesan Crisps”

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    Megan — February 27, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

    i am SO going to have to try this! i really want to make homemade tomato soup, but i’ve been afraid to!

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    emilybites — February 27, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

    You should! This is actually really easy (though roasting the tomatoes and cooking the soup takes a little time) and SUPER flavorful. Plus, the Parmesan crisps made it feel sophisticated like I ordered it at a restaurant (thought you’ll find out it’s really hard not to just eat all of those crisps like chips before the soup is done, lol). If you do make it, let me know!

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    Jamie — April 27, 2011 @ 1:55 am

    This look SO good! I’m adding this to my list of things to make in the next few weeks!

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    emilybites — April 27, 2011 @ 2:00 am

    Jamie – it’s really delicious, you’ll love it!

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    Anonymous — May 27, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    I tried this tonight and it is amazing! I did have one question, though- when you did the P+, did you include the tomatoes in the recipe builder? I’m assuming so, since when I leave them out, I get a different value.

    Delicious recipe, It’s definitely a keeper!

    • emilybites replied: — May 28th, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

      Yes, I always include all of the ingredients. Glad you liked it!

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    Anonymous — September 9, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

    I’m making this now on a rainy Sunday. Planning to add some wedges of Laughing Cow Blue Cheese for additional flavor dimension. Wish me luck!

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    Jax1783 — October 4, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    I made this last week and OMG I already want to pull out of the freezer what I froze so good!! I didn’t make the Parmesan chips this time but I ate it with a piece of sourdough bread. Perfect!

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    Sara — January 26, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    Is there a certain type of tomato that I shuld use…excited to make some this afternoon!

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    Lisa Beth — March 2, 2014 @ 10:11 pm

    I’M going to try making this tonight, and accompany it with your pizza logs! Wish me luck, all of your other recipes turned out AHH-mazing!

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