August 18, 2014 By This Vegan Girl
I’ll admit that I never cared about making this soup until I had an intense craving of grilled cheese sandwiches, which I made here (vegan and gluten-free, y’all!). With my mind now on grilled cheese sandwiches, my next thought was, “How am I going to pull off making my own tomato soup?” Honestly, HOW on EARTH can you make grilled cheese sandwiches without the tomato soup?
The tomato soup is the elegant hero here. Without it, what would we have? Just cheese and bread? Horrible. Homemade tomato soup gives class and nourishment to an otherwise disgustingly boring, nutrition-lacking meal.
Oh, this soup makes my heart sing. The basil really gives the soup a superior taste. Dipping my grilled cheese into this soup and placing it in my mouth might have been the highlight of my week. The best part is that most of these ingredients are ones you probably already have in your kitchen! Woo hoo!
Tomato Basil Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: 3-4 cups of soup
For the oven:
- 4 Roma tomatoes, sliced
- 2 tbs grape seed oil
- 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 tsp garlic salt
- 1/4 tsp coconut sugar
For the stove:
- 1 heaping cup grape tomatoes
- 1/4 cup onion, chopped
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 heaping tablespoons basil, minced
Step 1: Prepare the tomatoes for the oven.
Preheat the oven to 400º. Slice the tomatoes, leaving the stem part out. I cut mine out, as shown below:
Grease your baking sheet and place the tomatoes on the sheet. Pour/season the tomatoes with the grape seed oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic salt, and coconut sugar.
Place the tomatoes in the oven for 30 minutes. They’ll be nice and roasted by the time they’re done, and your house will smell AMAZING.
Step 2: Cook your stove-top ingredients.
Start off your frying pan with coconut oil with your chopped onion and grape tomatoes on medium heat. There’s no need to cut your grape tomatoes, as they will burst with flavor as soon as they food processed. Cook for about 5-7 minutes, when the onions are sweating and the tomatoes are slightly browned. Throw in the minced garlic cloves and cook for an additional minute. YUM!
After that, pour in the vegetable stock*, stir with a ladle, and let it sit on medium-low heat until the roasted tomatoes are done.
*NOTE: For those of you who use bouillon instead of stock (as I did), I used 4 cups of water for 2 teaspoons of vegetable bouillon. In a separate pot, I mixed the two ingredients and brought the mixture to a boil. After that, I poured the broth into the frying pan with the tomatoes and onions. Done!
Step 3: Combine the roasted tomatoes and stove-top ingredients in a food processor.
When the roasted tomatoes are finished, it’s time to turn all these ingredients into soup!
Dump the stove top ingredients and the roasted tomatoes in the food processor and mix it up! My food processor isn’t the greatest, so my soup was slightly chunky. You know what, though? I ended up liking it that way.
Once all the ingredients are mixed, place the soup back on the stove on low heat and take a deep breath: the hard part is over!
Step 4: Add fresh basil and serve.
Cooked basil sucks, which is why the last-minute addition is the way basil needs to be served.
Mince your basil as much as possible, making sure you can gather two heaping tablespoons of the yummy stuff. Do not skip this crucial ingredient! Put the tablespoons of basil in the big pot, give it a big mix, and serve!
Remember, don’t forget to pair the soup with my gluten-free vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. I’m telling you, these two make the perfect pair.
If you try making this soup, don’t forget to take a picture of it, post it on Instagram, and use the hashtag #thisvegangirl so I can see it. I’d love to see how you present your grilled cheese and tomato soup. Speaking of Instagram, follow me! I post my day-to-day meals, if anyone gives a crap. I’m also on Facebook, too. Thanks for all your support!