January 13, 2009

Fire Roasted Tomato Soup

Seriously you guys are the sweetest, most supportive blog friends ever. Thanks for that. I heart you all! I really do. As your reward I'm going to share with you an awesome soup recipe. I've been very into soups this year. We have a chain here called Paradise Bakery and Cafe and I eat there as much as possible. I'm in love with their Fire Roasted Tomato Soup and I decided to try to replicate it. I'm not bragging but my family says they like mine better. Did you hear that? Mines b-e-t-t-e-r. Not that I'm bragging.

So that picture of the can happened naturally, if you can believe that. I went around showing my family in amazement rather glad it was a smiley face and not a likeness of Jesus which, quite honestly, would have freaked me out a bit. My family all rolled their eyes at me for taking pictures of it, but you all get it, right? You would have taken pictures of it too, right? How else will I remember when I'm 90 that I once happened to have a can of tomatoes that smiled at me?


Jen's Fire Roasted Tomato Soup
2 medium onions, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
olive oil
28 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes (I buy them at Fresh Market)
14 oz can Muir Glen fire roasted diced tomatoes (I buy them at SuperTarget)
8 oz can tomato sauce
6 oz can tomato paste
32 oz chicken stock
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 cups milk

In a dutch oven saute onion in olive oil until almost translucent. Add garlic and continue to saute a few minutes more. Add tomatoes, sauce and paste as well as stock. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes. Puree in blender, or with immersion blender until desired consistency. (I like mine slightly chunky but you should puree until your hearts content) Add milk and seasonings and continue to simmer for another 5 or 1o minutes.

Notes:
I used skim milk, which was de-lish and saved me some calories but if you are feeling bold use something richer. I highly recommend you use the San Marzano tomatoes if you can find them. There is just something special about them. Feel free to check for seasonings and alter to your taste. I served this with grilled american & mozzarella cheese sourdough sandwiches.

Enjoy! There is something about making and eating soup from scratch that just nourishes the soul.

39 comments:

  1. Jen - what a great photo! :-) I would have taken a pic of that too! Re: your recipe - that looks delish! Do you think this would freeze well? I am always looking for great recipes I can prepare and freeze for later - late nights when I come home and need to get a dinner on the table pronto!!

    Beth (Mommy to a busy 5-yr old)

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  2. I'll have to try this, I love that soup from Paradise Bakery!

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  3. I go through cans of that same brand of tomatoes for marinara and pizza sauce. My kids eat them right out of the can! Love the smilely face...how cute. Thanks for sharing the recipe - will definintely try it.

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  4. Thank you so much - sounds wonderful!!

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  5. Yum-yum...that soup looks soooo good to me right now. I will have to try it. That photo is funny!

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  6. Don't know how I got here, but enjoyed your blog a lot...can't wait to try the soup!
    Marcela
    www.niceandeasyantiques.com

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  7. mmmm. it sounds delish! i will have to try it soon! i love tomato soups with grilled cheese!

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  8. I look everyday for smiles, any where we can get them is o.k.! I think your soup is going to bring some more smiles! Jacque

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  9. When someone, or something, in this case smiles up at you, you can't help but smile back! Thanks for the smile!

    Gail

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  10. How cool! That had to make your day a little brighter... a smile out of nowhere. If the world only had more of those!

    That recipe sounds yummy, too!

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  11. that looks great!
    {btw, those rings go on my shop site tomorrow, and just email me about the paint }
    k-

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  12. Hi Jen
    Your soup sounds yummy. Thanks for the recipe, I'm going to make it. Tomato is one of my favorites along with some grilled cheese sandwiches.
    Kathleen

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  13. Thank you for sharing it. There was a cafe that made the best spinach soup and I have never been able to find another place that made it..or anything close.
    I will try your tomato soup recipe being it's my second favorite.

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  14. We love soup in the winter. Our family hosts "soup and some" parties. Soup...we ask friends to bring something special to share with a group, and Some...we make that up as we go along. Could be some...football, some....bon fire....some....game playing. But we always have some.....fun! I can't wait to try your recipe.

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  15. Love that smiley tin ...I would have taken a pic too :-) and I don't know which sounds more delicious - your fire roasted tomato soup OR the sourdough sandwiches! YUM!

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  16. I just printed out a copy of your recipe, I can't wait to try it! The San Marzano tomatoes are the best..once you use them you don't want to go back.

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  17. I TOTALLY would have taken a picture if a can of tomatoes smiled at me. And my husband would have TOTALLY laughed at me for it! But you're right ~ us blog ladies understand the importance of such things :)

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  18. Yet, one more place that I miss terribly--Paradise. I treated myself at least once a week to lunch at the one at Clay Terrace! We have them here in Dallas, but it's quite a drive to get there.

    I may have to give this recipe a try.

    Marianna

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  19. I definitely would have photographed the tomato can!! Wish I was eating lunch with you today!
    Blessings,
    Hope

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  20. So, last week after you mentioned your soup I decided to whip up some. I came up with a similar version and Harrison said it was the best soup he has ever had! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  21. Thanks for the recipe, Jen. I can't wait to try it!

    ~maria

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  22. that looks insanely yummy!!
    i may head over to the grocery store after work & pick up all those yummy ingredients...i love a great soup recipe
    hugs

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  23. Hi Jen...I LOVE your blog, it's so funny! And I'm for sure going to try that soup recipe! YUM!! I adore tomato soup, but fire-roasted? Yum-o! And, who knows, maybe my tomatoes will smile at me, too.
    I'm excited to swap with you!
    Tammy

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  24. Hi Jen! How funny and yet how random that I stumbled on your blog. I was looking for a copy cat Fire Roasted Tomato soup like Paradise and found your blog. I too live in Fishers. Crazy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it. Oddly enough, I don't really like tomato soup...but I love the one from Paradise...and Bravo has an amazing tomato bisque. LOVE IT!!

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  25. Hi Jen! How funny and yet how random that I stumbled on your blog. I was looking for a copy cat Fire Roasted Tomato soup like Paradise and found your blog. I too live in Fishers. Crazy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it. Oddly enough, I don't really like tomato soup...but I love the one from Paradise...and Bravo has an amazing tomato bisque. LOVE IT!!

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  26. Too funny.. I also googles the recipe to try and make myself and came across your blog.. and could not believe you are in Fishers! I am in Indy! Small World!

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  27. One more question.. what store did you find the tomatoes?

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  28. Gardening Grandma ConnieFebruary 01, 2009 10:01 PM

    Jen, Today my hubbie and I went to the Indianapolis Home Show and had a great time. After, we went to one of the Paradise Cafes. I had the "Fire Roasted Tomato Soup" and loved it, so I went on line to find a similar recipe. I will be trying yours soon! I was looking back at your blog to June 2007 re: Japanese Beetles. Several years ago I picked zillions off my flowers spending hours daily doing it. We did two different thing the first year they were so bad on my roses and even zinnias. First, we did the "no-no" of using the attracting bags. Our property borders on a swampy area, so we hung the bags from a tree. However, we cut the bottom of the little bag and hung plastic bags (i.e. Wal-mart, etc.) from the top of the contraption. Hundreds of beetles, about two inches in the bottom of the bag, were attracted almost daily. I tied the bags and threw them in the trash every day (you can spray bug spray if necessary into the bag), trapping and killing thousands and changing out the bags! I did it all summer. I figured even if it did attract that year, it would be thousands that weren't breeding. Second, my husband got something called "milky spore," which is a fungus, from our gardening center. You put it on your lawn and it eventually spreads through the yard. (It's nothing you can see!) Anyway,the grubs eat or get infected by the fungus, the fungus spores burst inside of the grubs, killing the grubs and releases more spores into the soil. ANYWAY, we didn't have hardly beetles this last summer. So I don't know if that's why we had so few this year, or beetles are like locust and have a cycle!?

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  29. Sorry,all. I got to thinking that you all were talking about the yummy tomato soup, and I bring up the disgusting topic of Japanese Beetles. But, this is the first time I've ever even looked at a blog like this, let alone joining in. I was just looking back through your blog, Jen, and happen to see the beetle pic. I was thinking spring and gardening after going to the home show! Again, sorry. Back to the soup!
    Gardening Grandma Connie

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  30. Soup totally delish! My family also loves PB's Fire Roasted Garlic Tomato Soup...and your families right...much better then their's and chicken stock does add flavor...


    Karen, Mesa AZ :-)

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  31. One little problem. Where's the "fire"? I definitely saw some dark flakes of either ancho or pasilla chili in that soup. Am I the only one?

    Just wondering, and hoping for an update..

    Sharon

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  32. Wow...thanks for the recipe. LOVE Paradise Bakery!

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  33. I totally took a picture of a milk spot that looked like Mickey Mouse, so yes, I get it. Looove fire roasted tomato from Paradise. I will be trying this recipe. Did I already say this? It's sounding vaguely familiar. :)

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  34. i was searching for a recipe similar to this that i have misplaced...it called for placing a sliced orange in the pot while it simmered and no milk but this sounded pretty yummy too!

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  35. Thank you Jen...What a great recipe! It does freeze well and the chick stock was a good recommendation.

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  36. Thank you Jen...What a great recipe! It does freeze well and the chick stock was a good recommendation.

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  37. Did you drain the tomato juice from the cans before adding, or did you add the entire contents of the canned toms?

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  38. I add everything in the can. No draining needed!

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  39. I was searching for a good tomato soup recipe and google returned this page. After reading through the recipe and seeing some of the reviews, I realized that the writer is a Hoosier! Imagine my surprise when I saw "Jen Kershner" because I am a friend of Jen Beck's and I believe you're her sister-in-law! What a small world. :) Anyway, thanks for the recipe. It looks good and I'm excited to give it a try! ---Krista Stubbs

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