Tuesday, January 20, 2009

So Fun and Easy My Friends Daughter Can Do It

To be fair, this 12 year old LOVES to cook and is VERY good at it (I joke that she should be my daughter). The family was over at my house a couple of weeks ago and I lent her my FAVORITE cook book, The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

The next time I came over she made us the most wonderful, tasty, Roasted Tomato Basil Soup! She even roasted her own tomatoes.

Since then she has made the soup a couple of more times, and has purchased an immersion blender to help with the blending of the soup.

Her mom took this picture of her making the soup last week with her new immersion blender (we got very lucky and she brought the soup to my impromptu dinner party).

Here is the recipe:

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, All rights reserved

3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.
In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade (my suggestion to her, which she followed, was to use an immersion blender). Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

I would definitely recommend this recipe.

I am submitting this recipe to the Grocery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap. If you found me through Gayle's Blog, welcome. I hope you enjoy my blog, the recipe and leave a comment.


Sassy Britches said...

Okay, I'm hooked. If a 12-year-old can do it...

dizzblnd said...

Ohhhhhhhhhh it looks yummy and I'll bet it was a HIT! My son used to like to cook.. not so much anymore sigh..

Janna said...

I love love LOVE tomato soup. We will have to make this for Saturday.

Adriana said...

Yum, this sounds much better than Campbell's tomato soup.

Lucy said...

Sounds delicious but really, I am still hung up on the fact that a 12 year old is cooking, doing a great job and into buying kitchen gadgets. Heck, she has a better gadget than me, I stick with blenders & hand mixers. Obviously, I don't cook enough. (lol)

Keri said...

You're killing me with these recipes! Every time I pop in for some comment love, you've got some great recipe posted. Make my mouth water. Sucks for a woman trying to lose weight. Erg..

Annette Piper said...

I can see why you want to claim her for your own!

Julia@SometimesLucid said...

Sassy, dizzblnd, Janna - Let me know if you make this.

Adriana - SOOO much better!!! This is restaurant quality.

Lucy - I lent her my immersion blender and then her mom got her one as a present.

Keri - I always use much less butter and oil than asked for and MOST of my recipes are from Cooking Light (light, tasty and healthy).

Annette - Yes, she's one cool girl! I hope my monkeys are like her at 12.

Gayle said...

Looks yummy! We like tomato soup and once you taste homemade the canned stuff is yucky. Thanks for this.

Kristen said...

I am always looking for ways to use up tomatoes from my garden. This will be great. Thanks for the recipe!

Latte said...

This looks so yummy!