Monday, August 08, 2005
Barefoot with roasted tomato basil soup
Yesterday on a trip to a nearby farm, I purchased 1/2 a peck (!) of tomatoes, which is almost 6 lbs worth. They were big, ripe and juicy and ready to go. After tasting a couple of them raw, I felt that they were too good to be drowned in spices in making my favorite tomato chutney. So the Barefoot contessa's recipe for roasted tomato soup serves the dual-purpose of using up some of the tomatoes and also the wildly overflowing basil in my container garden.
I have made a lot of soup and each time I taste the end product, there seems to be something missing or excessive. The soups I make do not seem to have the delicate quality of the ones in restaurants and cafes. Overpowering flavor is something I dislike in soups and to me that is not comforting. So this time I approached soup-making as an exact science, measured everything from onions to red pepper and made half a batch of this soup. The soup is really delicious and creamy, without any cream in it.
Our vegetarian family needs a lot of carbs and to fill this demand, I also made Barefoot contessa's French Potato salad with some new potatoes. On the whole, a delicious and comforting meal!
Posted by Mika at 1:18 PM