Ina’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Yesterday the boys and Mike and I went to every farm stand from our house to New York where we landed at a farmer’s market in Warwick.  I picked up the most delicious garlic, basil and tomatoes.   I had acquired fresh arugula, onions and thyme as we crawled north together, so this recipe rounded out nicely for lunch today.

This is Ina’s recipe which has never failed me.  I’m not going to fix something that is far from broken, so I left it as is.  Though I did add some croutons, arugula and parmesan crisps for toppings.  If that’s a bit much for you, you can do what pleases you.  I just had to use the seeded sourdough bread that I got yesterday for the croutons.  How could I not?  It was amazing and would be even better as croutons in this soup.

I understand tomato soup is a personal thing.  Some people like to make it creamy, others prefer to add some texture.  Either way, it’s fresh and sweet and light yet fills and warms your belly with all things delicious on a rainy summer day.  There’s something about a perfect soup on a cool and rainy Monday that just makes all things right as rain again.




  • 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 quart chicken stock or water


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.


Source: Food Network

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15 Responses to Ina’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

  1. Katerina says:

    Soup with oven roasted tomatoes looks and sounds delicious!

  2. Mark says:

    This sounds so fresh and light! Perfect for all this rain we’ve been having lately. Nice!

  3. Gina says:

    This is a great recipe! I just love Parmesan crisps too. An excellent idea!

  4. Mei-i @ gastronomic nomad says:

    This looks so yummy. Ina has never failed me yet! And love the addition of arugula, parmesan crisp and your home-made crouton. There’s always room for some kind of improvement after all. :)

  5. Abby says:

    I know just how to use up some of these tomatoes this summer. :) Lovely soup!

  6. that looks soooo delicious! i wish i had a big bowl of it right now!

  7. Baker Street says:

    Now that’s comfort in a bowl! That soup looks like it would have made for a fantastic meal, Kate! Lovely picture and great recipe.

  8. Carolyn says:

    Mmmm, I love roasted tomato soup. This looks like a great version!

  9. This looks delicious – I love the parmesan and tomato combo, and there’s nothing better than coming home loaded from the farmer’s market!

  10. This looks like such a lovely, warming soup… I’m always a little leery of tomato soup (probably from bad experiences with the canned stuff as a kid), but this one looks so fresh and flavourful that I just might have to try it out anyway. I mean, anything topped with Parmesan crisps has to be wonderful right? :)

  11. Kristin says:

    I love farmer’s markets and this recipe screams summer feshness! so cold here the last few days. This is the perfect dish to warm us up!

  12. Suzi says:

    Oh, lucky you finding a nice farmers market with all those fresh veggies. Sounds like my kind of outing. Love the soup is looks fantastic.

  13. Gale says:

    I saw the link on fb this morning and I immediately got the ingredients to make it. It’s phenomenal! So fresh and sweet. Fab as always!

  14. Jamie says:

    This recipe is amazing! Love this one. Never fails!

  15. Yum. I love fresh tomato soup…I was acutally thinking a soul warming meal would be good today because my hands are completely FROZEN it’s so chilly out and with the windows open I’m totally numb! Thanks for sharing. Buzzed ya.

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