Smokey Roasted Tomato Soup

Is anything better on a chilly day than a hot bowl of homemade tomato soup?

Throw a heavy blanket on, grab a bowl of soup (I like to eat it out of a big mug) and curl up in front of a fireplace with a can’t-set-it-down book and you’re good to go.

On a totally unrelated note, I often take my pictures on my balcony. Sometimes it is cold. Sometimes it is very cold. I live in Michigan. Sometimes it is raining.

My neighbors don’t know I’m a food blogger. I’m absolutely sure they think I’m crazy. I was photographing an adult beverage at 10AM the one morning. So they probably think I’m a crazy alcoholic who takes pictures of my drinks.

I’m not. I swear!

I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do when it starts snowing. Which it really hasn’t done much of yet. I’m not complaining!

Anyways….even though I’m a crazy lady who takes food photos outside, I’d suggest eating this soup inside.

But who says you have to listen to me.

If you have to eat anything outside in January…I guess this soup would be a good choice. It will warm you up. Especially if you get heavy-handed with the red pepper flakes like I did. Drink it out a thermos while you’re taking a break from snow-shoeing. Fun!

This soup begins with roasting fresh tomatoes, carrots, onions and garlic with a good dose of olive oil, salt, and pepper. They are roasted and then pureed into delicious goodness.

I could just eat them like that! I love roasted vegetables.

Roasted Tomato Soup
Adapted generously from Two Peas and Their Pod

2 pounds Roma tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
2 small onions, quartered
2 medium carrots, cut into chunks
4 cloves of garlic
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
one 15 oz can of whole tomatoes, crushed with your hands
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
3 tablespoons potato flakes (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400*F. On a rimmed backing sheet, toss the vegetables (tomatoes, onions, and carrots) with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Use foil to make a small packet for your garlic. Season this with salt and pepper as well. Place the foil packet on the backing sheet with the other vegetables. Roast for about 45 minutes, turning the pan halfway through.
2. Add the roasted vegetables, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, crushed tomatoes, and broth to a large stockpot and cook over medium low heat until everything is heated and the carrots are tender (if they weren’t from the roasting).
3. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup until it is smooth. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, I highly recommend you get one. I use mine all the time for smoothies and soups. The one I linked to is the one I have and I love it!). You can use a blender or a food processor too, just be careful and do it in small batches. Stir in potato flakes if you want a thicker soup.
5. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. You could stir some cream in or sprinkle with cheese at this point. Enjoy!

Verdict: Delicious! Way better than the canned stuff.
Husband’s take: He actually never had any of this. I took it over to friend who recently had a baby.
Changes I would make: I went a little crazy with the red pepper flakes. Start with just a little, you can always add more!
Difficulty: Harder than opening a can, but so worth it.

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  1. This soup looks incredible! Love the idea of roasting the vegetables first. Roasting lends such great flavor. YUM!

  2. I made this soup earlier this week and LOVED it so much! I ate it for lunch every day this past week, am still looking forward to more leftovers!

  3. Thank you so much for your recipe. I can’t wait to try it soon.

  4. There’s nothing better in this world than a roasted tomato soup! Well, maybe just a Gruyere sandwich to dunk in it.

  5. This is good stuff! Perfect for winter when tomatoes aren’t as yummy. Worse than the balcony might be the bathroom. Yep, did that the other day.

  6. This looks amazing Rach! Perfect for the winter months, fabulous recipe! Hope you’ve been well! xoxo

  7. I love tomato soup and yours sounds amazing! PS My neighbors KNOW I’m crazy :)

  8. Oh, that soup looks incredible. I love, love, love the idea of roasting the tomatoes and other veggies first. Also, I take photos on my front porch most of the time. I even have a special table out there for it. Fortunately, my neighbor knows what I do for a living, since she often comes home just as I am setting up a shot in the afternoon … barefoot and coatless on a freezing day, taking photos outside. She just calls over and asks what I am shooting today (if she thinks I am bizarre, she doesn’t let on. ;) ).

  9. My Mom talked me into making this and I love it! Your version sounds so delicious!

  10. YUM! This sounds so good!!

    I think my neighbors think I’m nuts also! They have no idea about my blog…I should really tell them one of these days! :)

  11. Awesome recipe. This sounds absolutely delicious!

    That’s funny about taking pictures on your balcony. Sometimes I go out and take pictures on my driveway. I get the same looks!

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  13. I too often wonder what my neighbours think when they see me photographing plates of food;) I love a good tomato soup and I truly think it’s best made with roasted tomatoes, like this one!

  14. Your photos are absolutely stunning!

  15. Beautiful photos! Looks yummy!

  16. Great idea. The smoked paprika is a great idea. Soup out of a thermos on a cold day, awesome! A must try.

  17. Cute story about your neighbors! hahaha. I too live in Michigan and as of this week you could get away with eating outside! I told my husband we need to use the grill while it’s still nice out!
    I love tomato soup, love soups/stews – they are so comforting! Have a great weekend!

  18. I love any roasted vegetables, and this sounds absolutely delicious!!

  19. Oh my neighbors think I’m insane for sure. I swear they think a tripod is a weapon of some sort.

  20. LOL – I do the SAME thing! Seriously – I usually always try to take photos on my deck (if it’s not below zero!) and I was balancing a wine glass on the edge the other morning – taking a pic of it. I did have someone honk as they drove by. And when it snows – get out there and take pics for sure. Gorgeous photos can be shot in snow. Great recipe by the way!!

  21. YUM! I love roasted anything and especially with tomatoes and soup. Looks fantastic!

  22. Mmmm, roasted tomatoes are so yummy. This is perfect winter food!

  23. Soup from a mug tastes better. I think its because it is so convenient, but what do I know. I don’t even like tomato soup very much and I’m drooling.

  24. NOTHING is better than soup this time of year, this looks wonderful!

  25. OMG.. sounds amazing!!! I love smokey flavor, and tomato soup is one of my absolute faves. It’s the ultimate comfort in the winter. Roasting the vegs before cooking them in the soup is such a wonderful idea.

  26. I think natural lighting is the key to success in food pictures–sadly I am rarely home when it’s not dark outside! But hopefully soon. This soup looks so delicious and perfect for a cozy night in.

    Found your blog while looking up new foodie/cooking blogs to follow :) I like it! I’ll be following!

  27. Too funny–I was just out on my porch taking pictures too. I am sure the neighbors also think I am crazy! This looks great :)

  28. You know, I had a baby a few months back. You can deliver a bowl of this to my door. :P

  29. This sounds incredible–I am totally with you on the roasted vegetable love! What I wouldn’t give to have a big bowl of this right now…it’d be perfect!!

  30. Mmm those roasted tomatoes are lovely! Yum!

  31. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who takes pictures on the balcony. I live in an apartment complex where all the balconies face one another and the parking lot. I always fear that my neighbors think I’m a crazy person with a weird obsession with my food. Sometimes I’ll even run back inside if I see one of them come out. I’ll wait for them to leave then dash back outside!

  32. Yup, neighbors probably think I’m crazy as well considering I often am found taking photos of various food on the front porch while my pig is out eating the lawn and there’s a duck sleeping behind me. They just don’t understand! ;)

    I looooooooove tomato soup! And I love that bowl you have it served in!

  33. The photos are wonderful! Soup is absolutely a perfect cold day food :)

  34. This is my faaaaavorite soup, oh my lands.

  35. I can so completely relate to taking pictures in weird places. I have had to resort to photographing food in the hallway of my apartment block or in the car park before and I’m sure everyone thinks I’m insane! It was worth it for these fabulous pictures though, this soup looks delicious and I love the touch of spice!

  36. Your hubby didn’t have any of it?! You had a lucky friend, then! I would’ve wanted at least 2 or 3 bowls of this. It looks awesome! I love tomato soup. Probably the number 1 soup I get whenever I go out and want soup and salad. A grilled cheese with your soup sounds so good right now…it’s only 840am too lol

  37. I’m sure my neighbors think the same of me… haha! Soooooo need to try this, especially since I somehow have a few pounds of tomatoes AND onions on my counter right now. Mmmm, I really love tomato soup!

  38. This is exactly how I make my roasted tomato soup! Sometimes I’ll use chipotle powder in place of the smoked paprika (or a combo of the two), or I’ll add a tsp or so of adobo sauce from a can of chipotles. But I spice up pretty much everything I make ;-)

  39. This is the perfect weather for soup! The pictures are awesome, the recipe sounds delish. I will be making this.

  40. Oooooh, WANT! I heart tomato soup!

  41. the soup looks awesome and love the story of the neighbors/10am.

    I know people think Im crazy when Im standing in the grocery store photographing something with my iphone…like why on earth would someone do that…simple: she’s a food blogger :)

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