I’ve never been a big tomato soup girl. It wasn’t something that was served in our house and any time I had tried it, it always tasted like thinned out marinara sauce.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good marinara, my mom is Italian after all but unless you were giving me a grilled cheese with a tiny bit of tomato soup, it just wasn’t something I would typically go for.
This tomato soup though, is a game changer. Roasting the veggies first give them a really rich flavor and incredibly creamy texture. Plus tomatoes and carrots pair beautifully together and give the soup a gorgeous color.
This soup is creamy, rich and packed with veggies – perfect to pair with a crisp grilled cheese for a cold, snowy night!
Roasted Tomato and Carrot Soup
- 1 pound tomatoes, quartered and seeds removed
- 4 large carrots (about 1/2 inch thick)
- 1 medium yellon onion, quartered
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3-4 cups chicken or veggie broth, divided
- 1 3 inch parmesan cheese rind
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 450*
Toss tomatoes, carrots, onion and garlic with olive oil and spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until veggies start to char and carrots are fork tender.
Transfer all the veggies and garlic to a stockpot with 2 cups of broth, butter, parmesan cheese rind and bay leaves. Be sure to remove the skins from the garlic if you roasted in the skin.
Bring to a boil and then simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove cheese rind and bay leaves.
Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth*
If needed, slowly add more broth until desired consistency is reached. Turn off the heat and stir in half and half and parmesan cheese. Serve hot.
*if you do not have an immmersion blender, you can also puree the soup in a regular blender and then continue to finish the soup on the stove. If you choose this method, be sure to use a thermal control blender or allow the soup to cool before blending. Always be sure to consult your blender's instructions for pureeing soups or hot liquids.