Thursday, November 8, 2012
My dad said that he could have soup and a toasty sandwich every day, and never get tired of it.
This soup is traditional, mellow, and has a lovely tomato flavor. It conjures up peaceful, childhood memories -- without coming from a red and white can.
As the days get cooler, and the air gets nippy, I start to think about comfort food. Mac and cheese, lasagna, and warm biscuits come to mind. Unfortunately, most of these dishes contain dairy, and my mom has sensitivity to dairy products. Luckily, this tomato soup is dairy free. It's nice, thick and creamy... but contains no heavy cream! How do I achieve such a rich texture without dairy? Ritz crackers. My dad always crumbles Ritz crackers onto his tomato soup, why not put them in the soup? When crumbled into the broth they act as a delicious, buttery thickening agent.
This soup is extremely easy to make, and uses all fresh, wholesome ingredients. One of the things that makes this recipe unique is that it 100% fresh, roasted tomatoes. Nothing comes from a can, bag, or freezer -- resulting in an extremely rich, tomato flavor.
Whip up a pot of this steamy soup and cuddle up for some good, wholesome comfort.
2 pounds fresh tomatoes (use small tomatoes, like plum or cherry)
4 garlic cloves (skin on)
4 small Vidalia onions, cut in half (or 2 regular onions)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried basil
2-4 cups water (depending on how thin/thick you like your soup)
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400F.
Slice the tomatoes in halves and place them on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Place the garlic cloves and onion halves on a separate baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Place both baking sheets in the oven and roast the vegetables until soft, about 20 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool.
Peel the skin off the garlic cloves and place with the rest of the vegetables, in a food processor. Add about 2 cups of water and puree until smooth. Add more water to reach your preferred consistency. Add to a large pot on the stove top and add Ritz crackers. Simmer for 20 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.
Adapted from Cup of Jo