Homemade Tomato Soup and a Sur La Table Giveaway

by Pamela

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Some things just naturally go together…like peanut butter and jelly, hot dogs and baseball and tomato soup and grilled cheese.  I’m not talking about soup from a can either (although that’s how many of us experienced our first tomato soup).  How about real homemade roasted tomato soup topped off with a Parmesan crisp (literally grilled cheese).  What would you think if I told you that I was giving away some great stuff from Sur La Table to help you make this easy tomato soup?

Isn’t it a cruel twist of fate that cold and dreary winter days seem to be the time when we want the comforting foods like tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches?  Cheese and bread are always in season, but tomatoes hit their peak late summer.  Mother Nature didn’t really help us out much with this one, did she? Since I live in California, I can still get local tomatoes this time of year, they aren’t great, but I can still get them.  I suspect that all of you living in those snow covered areas of the country occasionally break from the ‘seasonal only’ routine and pick up some tomatoes to fill a little craving for summertime.  Unfortunately, once you bite into them you soon realize that a tomato is one of those things that you really shouldn’t eat unless it’s in season.


Well, this easy tomato soup will help remedy both of those problems The trick is to roast those anemic winter tomatoes.  Roasting the tomatoes concentrates their tomatoey goodness which allows this soup to have the rich tomato flavor that you crave this time of year, but can’t necessarily get from the fresh fruits.  And homemade tomato soup allows you to control how much salt goes into the mixture, which is a bit of a concern for most people with regards to canned soup.

Making this roasted tomato soup doesn’t take much time and only five ingredients (okay, seven if you include salt and pepper).  By now, you should know that I really enjoy making my own soups and that it doesn’t take much time or effort to do so.  There’s the corn and crab chowder and roasted cauliflower and leek soup that have rich and complex flavors but are almost as easy to make as opening a can and re-heating.  And what completes a bowl of homemade tomato soup better than grilled cheese?  Nothing in my book.  But instead of making a sandwich, why not just ‘grill’ the cheese.  Top off the soup with some of those Parmesan Crisps I posted the other day?

So now that you know how easy it is to make your own homemade tomato soup, what are you waiting for?  Oh yeah…that little giveaway that I promised you.  A few months ago, I bought a 2 quart saucier pan from Sur La Table.  I am totally in love with it!  In fact, I use it so much that I got in touch with them and asked if I could give one away to my readers.  It’s a pot that’s just the right size for so many things.  It’s not too big and it’s not too small.  It’s got the added benefit of being a saucier – which means instead of straight sides, it’s got a curved edge around the bottom of the pan.  That’s means there are no angles for your sauces to get stuck in and burn.  The cool people over at Sur La Table thought that since I was doing this giveaway around Valentine’s day, that they would also throw in the cutest Valentine’s themed dishcloth and a red (natch) spatula too.  How awesome is that?


Relationship Advice

The weather’s kind of crummy right now and I know many of you are stuck in the house because of it.  Have you gotten to the point where you can’t even be in the same room as your partner anymore? (Craig is sick at the moment, so I’m going through a bit of this myself right now.)  Have you run out of ideas of things to do with each other (and water boarding them is not what I’m thinking about)?  In the spirit of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I thought I would pass along some cute/fun ideas that you can do together.

  1. Take a shower or a bubble bath together.
  2. Make a cake together…then frost it.
  3. Play a board game together.  (Craig beats me at Monopoly and I womp on him in Scrabble)
  4. Turn out the lights, turn off the TV and radio and eat dinner by candle light.
  5. Play a game of cards while you both sit in your underwear.
  6. Take turns reading to one another.
  7. Turn up the music and dance in the middle of the living room.
  8. Get on the internet and plan your summer vacation.
  9. Play a silly video game together.
  10. Build a blanket fort, climb in with your favorite snack foods and enjoy.


Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Serves 4


  • 10 Large Roma Tomatoes or Other Type of Tomato
  • 9 Garlic Cloves (peeled)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 3 Cups Reduced Sodium Chicken Stock
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.

Slice tomatoes in half, lengthwise, and remove seeds.

Lay out on baking sheet, skin side down.

Scatter the garlic cloves between the tomatoes.

Drizzle some olive oil over the tomatoes and garlic cloves.  Make sure the cloves are well coated with the olive oil (you may need to pick up the cloves and rub them with the olive oil).

Sprinkle the thyme over the tomatoes and garlic, followed by a bit of kosher salt.  Next coat the tomatoes and garlic with a few grinds of black pepper.

Roast the tomatoes for 45 minutes.  The thickness of the tomatoes will really determine the roasting time.  If they are thinner, the roasting time may be less, if they are thicker, the roasting time may be longer.  The longer they roast, the more concentrated the tomato flavor.

Once everything is roasted, remove from the oven and pour into the 2 quart saucier.

Add the chicken stock to the pan and bring to a simmer over medium high heat.

Once stock is bubbling, remove from heat and pour into a blender and pureé.  (Make sure to vent the lid when doing this.)

Pour into soup bowls and top with a Parmesan crisp.



So at this point I’m sure you’re wondering how to win this great package.  Well, it’s easy!  There are lots of chances to win.  For starters, the contest will run all this week (from 1/31/2011 – midnight PST 2/6/2011).  All of my recipes this week will be made using this 2 quart saucier (I told you I love it!)

For one entry, leave a comment on my posts (one comment per post will count).

For another entry, follow me on Facebook My Man’s Belly

You can sign up for my newsletter for an additional entry My Man’s Belly Newsletter

For another entry, follow Sur La Table on Twitter @Sur_La_Table

When you sign up for any of these, come back here and leave it in a comment.  You must have a valid e-mail address tied to your comment.  i will e-mail the winner and you will have 24 hours to get back to me.  If you don’t, I will pick a new winner.  This contest is open to residents of the United States only.

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Mike @ hand me a fork August 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Looks like a great recipe. I like adding basil and some red pepper flakes to mine.

Rujik March 12, 2011 at 10:18 am

This is a wonderful recipe. I made it for family and everyone *loved* it! I ended up adding a sweet potato to give it a bit more body and would highly recommend it. ^.^

Linda March 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I have been looking for such a long time for a good tomato soup recipe and am so happy to have found this! I made this last night and it was great, so simple too. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela March 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Thanks Linda!

I’m happy to hear that you like the soup. I’ve been making this quite a bit this year because it’s so easy to make. Plus, it makes those yucky winter tomatoes taste so much better. 🙂

Jenny February 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I love that you added so much garlic! YUM!

Krista February 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

and finally following you on FB!

Krista February 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

Receiving your newsletter!

Krista February 6, 2011 at 10:49 am

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Krista February 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

I have a can of tomato soup sitting in my pantry that I preemptively picked up before I got my wisdom teeth removed. I never actually got around to eating it because of all of the sodium and HFCS, and so now I’m sending it off to the food pantry. This soup looks quite tasty, and I’ve bookmarked it for later when tomatoes are ripe!

K.belfield February 6, 2011 at 9:26 am

Im looking forward to making this tonight… would be much better with the lovely Sur La Table Saucier…. but I will make do. Will let you know how it turns out.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit February 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is definitely a great combo- this little crisp floated in that soup is a great comfort food. 🙂 Love the roasted tomatoes in the soup!

marla {family fresh cooking} February 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

I “like” you on FB – and like you loads anyway 🙂

marla {family fresh cooking} February 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

With that parm crisp I don’t need the grilled cheese sandwich! Great recipe girl, need to cook up a pot of this before it warms up outside 🙂 Great giveaway too!

Andrea February 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Sounds delicious, and the parmesan crisp is a nice touch!

Andrew February 3, 2011 at 11:11 pm

I am always trying to find a great tomato soup recipe that doesn’t have a lot of sugar and salt. The canned tastes terrible but this looks delicious! Garlicy tomato delicousness. Cant wait to try it!

Following Sur la Table on twitter and your newsletter.

Robin Cohen February 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Just finished chopping ice off my front steps; I can’t tell you how good a bowl of roasted tomato soup looks right now! Love the little cheese crisp on top too.

I already follow you and Sur La Table on Twitter and Liked you on Facebook. Cause, well, I do like you and you make me laugh 🙂

Kylan February 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

my wife would love that gift set and i would love for her to make this soup!

Ashlee February 2, 2011 at 8:16 pm

that dishtowel is SUPER cute!

Rujik February 2, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Sometimes it really is nice to have a simple, delicious tomato soup. I’m definitely making this at some point this weekend. 😀

Petite Hermine February 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Petite Hermine February 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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Following you on FB

Petite Hermine February 2, 2011 at 5:04 pm

This looks delicious! I was just looking for a regular tomato soup recipe too 🙂

Meryl February 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Love Sur La Table – Great giveaway!

Mike Vifquain February 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I was thinking about soup tonight, looks like this is on the menu. I will take pics and send em your way;-)

Oh, I’m a FB, twitter stalker… as well as SLT and your newsletter. 😉

Chana February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am

I love your ideas of cute things to do together!

Chana February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am

I follow Sur La Table on twitter!

sippitysup February 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

Of course I follow you on FB and Twitter, I also follow SLT! Do I get a a bonus entry because I stumbled you AND sent a share out to my SU friends? Where I just discovered you do NOT follow me. Whassup with that? GREG

Debi February 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

Nothing better than tomato soup and cheese of any kind!!! Love the wesite.

Jennifer February 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

following you on FB now

Jennifer February 2, 2011 at 8:56 am

Now following Sur la Table on Twitter.

Jennifer February 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Oh how I love Sur la Table, it’s like my toy store.

Jess February 2, 2011 at 7:09 am

Mm… we just had a whopper of a storm come through here, and this sounds great right now.
Unfortunately my man’s across the ocean until sometime in August, when I go to visit… but some of your suggestions just might work over Skype 🙂

SMITH BITES February 2, 2011 at 7:05 am

signed up for the newsletter!

April Dawn February 1, 2011 at 10:52 pm

got sur-la-table on my twitter, too =)

April Dawn February 1, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Following you on facebook! wow…those abs….woah! lol!

April Dawn February 1, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Ohmagosh…. such simple, yummy food!! I love simplicity in cooking with a few quality ingredients and this one is a prime example. Nice saucier giveaway, too!

Pino February 1, 2011 at 10:20 pm

Just a suggestion for a sight change to #2 on your Relationship advice list. Instead of “Make a cake together…then frost it” why not make a cake and frost each other? Then move directly to idea #1.

Cheryl February 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I love you holy cow and so does my bf!!

SMITH BITES February 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

following @Sur_La_Table

SMITH BITES February 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm

absolutely follow you on facebook!!

Taylor February 1, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I follow Sur La Table on Twitter

Taylor February 1, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I was just thinking tonight how tomato soup and grilled cheese sounded like a perfect dinner for the snow storm we are having right now! This looks delicious!

SMITH BITES February 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

oh i love this soup – those roasted tomatoes create richness that you can’t get if you miss this step – great soup Pamela!

rebecca subbiah February 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

lovely soup and great tips

denise February 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I follow @Sur_La_Table on Twitter
I’m @deniselao

denise February 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Ooh – just what I was looking for – a tomato soup recipe. Looks yummy

Danielle February 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

How great! Tomato soup sounds just about right right now 🙂 It’s so cold outside and it never fails to hit the spot

Eliana60 February 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Following Sur la Table too!

Eliana60 February 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Memories of coming home for lunch from grade school. Mmmmmmmn. Tomato soup & grilled cheese. Love the recipe! Will be on the menu tomorrow. Thanks.

Sarah February 1, 2011 at 6:52 pm

yummm! I love tomato soup!

Elizabeth February 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Following Sur La Table on Twitter. Love your site.

Drae February 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I love how tomato soup looks and smells but…sometimes the acidity gets to my stomach. DANG IT! Love your site, this is the first time I’ve commented though (I guess I’m a voyeur).

Pamela February 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Now that you’ve outed yourself….WELCOME! Now don’t be such a stranger. 😉

Maria February 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Following Sur la Table on twitter!

Maria February 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I LOVE tomato soup!!!

Amanda February 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Mmm, I love tomato soup AND giveaways!

I’d love to see a dessert recipe that features LEMON. I love lemon!

Pamela February 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

You’re in luck Amanda…I have a kitchen full of Meyer lemons at the moment. Let’s see what I can put together. Thanks for the suggestion!

Kayla February 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The soup looks delicious! I’m thinking of making it tonight! Hope I win the prize =]

heather February 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Following Sur la Table on Twitter.

heather February 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I love those Parmigiano frico with soups. At home, my favorite is a Pecorino version with herbs and black pepper sprinkled on top. Perfect with a warm tomato soup!



Caroline @ chocolate and carrots February 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I’ve actually never made my own tomato soup. I guess it’s always just a standard for my family to buy canned. But, after seeing how easy it is and how delicious it looks, I’m going to have to give it a try! 😀

Kim - Liv Life February 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Now following SLT on Twitter!!

Kim - Liv Life February 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I already follow your on FB… that’s how I found this link!!

Kim - Liv Life February 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I’m a new tomato soup lover! My husband is thrilled that I’m eager to try new soup recipes and is looking for a simply tomato soup, yours looks very similar to what he was describing, I’m going to give it a go!

Debi (Table Talk) February 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

And now, I like you on FB too!

Debi (Table Talk) February 1, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I already follow you and Sur la Table on twitter

Debi (Table Talk) February 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm

My first yr of college I lived on grilled cheese and tomato soup; and not the kind to write a post about. —Thankfully that was a long time ago, and the memory has nearly faded!

Helen February 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Looks delish! I have been on the lookout for a tomato soup recipe that doesn’t use dairy- this is it! Can’t wait to try it out!

melissa @IWasBornToCook February 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

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melissa @IWasBornToCook February 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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melissa @IWasBornToCook February 1, 2011 at 12:53 pm

#10 is perfect…we can just use our daughter’s Princess tent 🙂

jasonphelps@yahoo.com February 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Following Sur La Table now. Check!


jasonphelps@yahoo.com February 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Margot said she wanted tomato soup this weekend and now I have a recipe with no effort at all. Plus I might win something!

Thanks Pam


Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 1, 2011 at 9:18 am

Yep, too bad the season for tomatoes is not winter. I roast tomatoes from my garden and then freeze them. Unfortunately, I’ve already used them all 🙁 Then i go to canned – can’t bring myself to take a chance on mealy tomatoes!

Pamela February 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

You could easily make this with 2 large cans of tomatoes. Just drain them before roasting and follow the recipe.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 1, 2011 at 9:14 am

I follow Sur la Table on Twitter.

Priscilla - She's Cookin' February 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

I like you on FB (and follow you on Twitter)

Cari February 1, 2011 at 9:13 am

Delicious looking soup and my kids’ favourite! I will definitely be making this!

Belinda @zomppa February 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

Nice tips. =) LOVE tomato soups – and that parmesan crisp is gorgeous!

Tiffany February 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

Love the valentine stuff & want that pot! This weather makes me especially obsessed with tomato soup & grilled cheese.

Kim February 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

And like SurLaTable on Twitter…

Kim February 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

Follow/like you on FB…

Kim February 1, 2011 at 12:08 am

We’re big fans of # 3, 4 and 6.

I can’t, just CAN’T buy tomatoes in the dead of winter. But – I WILL do the canned variety. 🙂 I know, I’m weird. But – I’ll happily roast tomatoes in the summertime when I get them out of my yard.


Ellen Fitz January 31, 2011 at 11:32 pm

All signed up for the newsletter!

Ellen Fitz January 31, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Following you on FB (and Twitter).

Ellen Fitz January 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Sounds wonderful. And you’re right… my first experience of tomato soup came from the can.

Quyen - Kitchen Runway January 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I follow Sur La Table on twitter.

Quyen - Kitchen Runway January 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm

What a perfect pot to make roasted tomato soup in! Roasted Tomato Soup is one of my favorite soups! Can’t wait to try your recipe…especially love the parmesan crisp!

Nancy@acommunaltable January 31, 2011 at 9:53 pm

This is comfort food at it’s finest and perfect for the snow bound (some day I am going to know exactly what that is like!)

Lana January 31, 2011 at 9:40 pm

I love tomato soups of any kind (even the can stuff, shudder:). Great idea to roast the anemic tomatoes abundant in the stores.
I would not mind winning that pot (I am thinking, the more kitchen stuff I have, the faster we are going to move to a bigger place:)
I already like you on FB (and IRL, hee, hee).

Jean Dough January 31, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I love tomato soup and sauce pans. I’m now following @sur_la_table. Rubbing my belly in hopes I win.

Erika January 31, 2011 at 9:19 pm

What a coincidence – I just roasted some tomatoes from the farmers’ market last night and was trying to figure out what to do with them! Now I know…thanks Belly!

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