When the temperatures dip below freezing, there’s a tradition in my family to have a soup night. This originated with my mom, who on cold nights would make tomato, potato and minestrone soups in very large pots. We’d feast for days, and it was the perfect addition to a warm blanket and PJ’s on those rather chilly evenings.
After this recent cold spell, I decided to take it on myself to bring soup night to my apartment. I always thought I’d had the best tomato soup that had ever been made… until I stumbled on Jelly Toast’s Roasted Tomato Soup and Garlic Croutons recipe.
As with every tomato soup you have to have fresh herbs, tomato puree and a good amount of garlic, but the ingredient that helps Jelly Toast’s tomato soup stand out is the slow-roasted tomato halves. You have to trust me, you need to take the time to follow her instructions and roast the tomatoes yourself. It really makes all the difference, and the store bought ones in the can don’t have nearly the flavor.
In under an hour, you can have a rustic tasting tomato soup and even top it off with home-baked garlic croutons. To finish off the recipe right, you can add a grilled cheese to dip in your soup. Then just sit down, bundle up and enjoy the comfort you get from this instant anytime classic.