Smoke Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil Cream is the ultimate tasty twist on classic comfort food. What used to be boring and bland from a can is transformed into the most velvety smooth soup with layers of garden fresh flavor. Ripe, red tomatoes are smoke roasted to bring out their natural sweetness, and then combined with onions and carrots, basil and cream for a mouthful of flavor in every bite. Topped with a fresh basil whipped cream and served with some asiago cheese bread and… dang, I’m making myself hungry.
We just purchased a home with an amazing garden this summer, and these tomatoes are coming off the vine faster than I can even keep up! Also, my daughter has been asking for my homemade tomato soup for at least 3 weeks so I knew it was go time. When I say smoke-roasted, I mean smoke-roasted. I put my quartered tomatoes on my wood fired pellet grill which really added that smoky flavor profile, but any indirect cooking method would do. There are various types of grills that would support this type of roasting (like my Coyote Asado grill, or a charcoal grill set up for two-zone cooking). If you are not interested in grilling, but still want to intensify the flavor of your tomatoes, follow the same time/temp guidelines in the recipe but just put the tomatoes in your oven. It won’t have the same smoky flavor, but it will still be delicious! PS, homemade tomato soup is always a little orange.
I’m not going to lie to you and say this soup is just as easy as cracking open a can from the store, but I will say that every additional step is worth the effort. I grew up thinking I hated tomato soup. Everything from the watery texture to the tinny taste of can made me run as fast as I could away from that nonsense. Now, I crave tomato soup. The flavors are complex and comforting and the texture really is like smooth velvet in your mouth. I know you and your family will LOVE it! We serve with toasted baguettes and shaved asiago cheese. My kiddos request classic grilled cheese as well. If you are looking to up the mealtime power of this soup, adding cheese tortellini is a great option as well. I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do!
I am so excited to include this recipe in Food Network’s “Let’s Pull Up a Chair” round-up! Right now it is all about #fallfest and these bloggers have brought the best of the best soup recipes in all of the land. Go check them out!
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