When the basil whispered to the tomato, it said soup.

Work continues to have first dibs on my energy.  I haven’t been spending as much time as I’d like, on my blog, Facebook or the internet in general and when I have time to chill I’ve gratefully opted to do absolutely nothing. Translation, I turn on the telly. It’s a lot less work than cranking up the laptop to hop on the internet. As a result, I’ve recently acquired a new addiction. I’ve been binging on this TV show I had never heard of until a few weeks ago called Ghost Whisperer. It’s about a woman who “has a gift” namely she can see and talk to ghosts or earthbound spirits as she calls them. She helps them resolve issues that keep them hanging’ around and gets them to “cross over” and “go into the light” and each ghost’s issue is a mystery. Some more than others. I love the episodes that really keep me guessing, it’s a bummer when I figure out the ghost’s angle or mystery in under ten minutes but I still can’t quit watching. Ion Television (didn’t know that existed either!) is running back to back episodes of all the past seasons and I’ve been watching them in marathon sessions. I think my DVR is ready to explode. Another fallout of my addiction has been that when we aren’t doing take out I very cleverly cook something that requires minimal kitchen time like this yummy but simple tomato soup and a sandwich.

Can’t wait to catch up on more episodes and find out more about these two new sets of critters that are not ghosts but “shadows” and “shinies” as Melinda’s son calls them. There’s also a prophetic book that has put in an appearance. It writes itself, updates itself and even revises itself. The one ghost whisperer mystery that will likely remain unsolved is how Melinda Gordon (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt) who owns an antique store in a small town, manages to be perfectly made up and look like she stepped out of Vogue in every single scene. Where does she shop? And perfectly blended rust orange and pink eyeshadow when she wakes up?! That’s a different kind of gift she’s not telling us about. But I digress, getting back to the subject at hand, I’m dedicating this tomato soup post to my soupiest TV addiction in a very long time. Do you have a soupy TV addiction?

Roasted Tomato Soup (Jay)

What you need:

  • 1 and a 1/2 pounds of vine ripened tomatoes halved
  • 1 can of skinless stewed tomatoes
  • 1 whole bulb of garlic
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion chopped
  • 3/4 cup of fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 and a 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 4 – 6 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 4 cups of vegetable stock or chicken stock (or just water)

How to make it:

  1. Tomatoes and Garlic ready to roast (Jay)

    Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Cut about 1/3 of an inch off the top of the the garlic bulb.
  3. Lay the tomatoes out in a baking dish along with the garlic bulb, drizzle liberally with the olive oil (especially the garlic pod) and sprinkle salt and pepper.
  4. Roast the tomatoes and garlic for an hour.
  5. Let the garlic cool for about 5 minutes or just use a glove to squeeze out the roasted garlic.
  6. Add  butter and olive oil to a pot over medium heat.
  7. Add chopped onion and cook stirring until it is soft.
  8. Add chopped thyme and the roasted tomatoes and cook stirring until the tomatoes break down.
  9. Stir in 1/2 cup of chopped basil and garlic, followed by the stewed tomatoes.
  10. Add freshly ground black pepper and the stock or water. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes.
  11. Add salt to taste. Turn of the heat and stir in the remaining basil.

8 Responses to When the basil whispered to the tomato, it said soup.

  1. ElenaSC says:

    Great recipe, thanks!

  2. Shilpa says:

    Basil, garlic,thyme- some of my favourite ingredients!

    I’ve been making tomato soup Indian style all along and can’t wait to try this recipe now.

    • Jay says:

      Neat! Tell me how it goes. I’ve been tempted to add cumin to this soup but I haven’t since everyone doesn’t like tangy as much as I do.

  3. Dishaa G says:

    Jay, the blog is coming along really well…in fact awesome. Love it!

  4. sudha says:

    first time here…loved your blog..anu directed me to your space :)…lovely blog!!

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