Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

 
Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

This is the kind of soup I’d want on a rainy summer day when the temperature dips slightly and cools the air a little. I know it’s not officially summer yet, but we had a few rain-breaks in our amazingly sun-filled days, and I thought about soup in that moment, and why I don’t do more soup in the summer.

I’ve been thinking a lot about soup lately; I chatted with an inspiring energetic eighty-five year old woman a few weeks ago while we ate soup and savoury scones for lunch, she talked about how throughout her life, some of her happiest memories always involved soup.
“You know what Beethoven once said?…” she asks, “Only the pure at heart can make good soup”

This soup uses in-season vegetables; vine ripened tomatoes roasted to intensify their flavour cooked in a light broth, full of vegetables and aromatic basil – it’s simple, delicious and satisfying.

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I loved this weekend; I tend to like weekends that unfolds organically, it started with a little rain, which set the tone for a relaxing and glorious sunny weekend, and Saturday seemed like the perfect day for soup – I didn’t get up to much, but I made delicious soup for lunch.

This is a chunky soup, with a packet of gnocchi tossed in to add more substance.

The first time I made this soup, the gnocchi was an afterthought, inspired by fufu from Ghana –it adds a dimension of heartiness to the soup, and soaks up the delicious flavours, it’s become one of the reasons why I love this soup so much.

And everyone loves it too! As usual, I make a big pot and share… it’s more fun that way.

The soup has smoked salmon for the pescetarians but can easily be made wholly plant-based (vegan) by omitting the fish.

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Posted June 10th, 2013 in Food. Tagged: , , , , .
  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com/ What should I eat for breakfas

    I should definitely eat more soups. I’m on my way to the market, will buy some delicious vegetables and will cook a hot bowl of goodies.

    • http://elsbro.com/blog Elsa

      Enjoy the market Marta! hope your soup is yummy and nourishing, oh and comforting too :-)

  • Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    Perfect for when my basil and tomato plants are ready to harvest. Your pictures are fab as usual.


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