Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is my favorite way to ring in the fall season. With temperatures slowly dropping, allow the aromas of roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to fill your kitchen with the keyword: “comfort”.

My very first psychology class was in high school. AP Psych, hollaaaa. It was one of my favorite classes. Well, except for when we watched the movie, Sybil, to learn about dissociative identity disorder. Freaked me the eff out, people. Anyway, one interesting thing I remember is that our sense of smell has the power to elicit strong memories and emotions. How? According to Psychology Today, it’s all about our anatomy. As we take a whiff of something, our olfactory bulb begins to process the smell. The olfactory bulb has direct connections to the amygdala and hippocampus, two parts of the brain that are huge on emotion and memory. That’s why as soon as your nose takes note of the salty air in the ocean, or a pine needle candle, you immediately feel nostalgic about family trips to the beach or decorating a Christmas tree.

Tomatoes and fresh basil do that crazy memory thing to me. When I lived in northern Virginia, summer weekends were spent with our mom in D.C. She lives near Dupont Circle, and one of the highlights of the summer was to head down to the farmers market and stock up on all things summer: ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and those sweet juicy peaches.

After a sweaty walk uphill back to Mom’s apartment, we got to cooking one of my favorite summer meals: spaghetti with fresh tomato basil sauce. You know the smell I’m talking about: tomatoes cooking over the stove, matched with the strong aromas that came from chopping fresh basil leaves. You bet I made room for seconds.

Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup - Hello to Fit

Okay, okay. I know I’m torturing you with memories of summer. Or maybe I’m just torturing myself. But there’s a point to my story! Now that temperatures are starting to cool off for fall (happy second day of the season!), I wanted to savor my love for tomato and basil. And what says “Autumn” better than a bowl of healthy roasted tomato basil soup? Besides pumpkin…

Today’s Foodie Friday theme is “Comfort Food”, and this soup is the epitome of comfort. While traditional comfort food may refer to creamy, rich meals like macaroni and cheese or fried chicken, comfort for Hello to Fit means all the happy feelings. And a bowl of this soup will do just that: make you feel HAPPY.

Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup - Hello to Fit

This recipe, adapted from Ina Garten, isn’t the same without a very important step: allowing the sliced tomatoes to roast in an oven for 45 minutes. Don’t worry, they’re not lonely in there. The tomatoes are seasoned with olive oil, Kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. The trifecta of seasonings.

While the plum tomatoes are hittin’ the 450 degree sauna, your soup pot will be simmering with more tomatoes, freshly chopped basil, and chicken stock. Get excited for the smells that will commence! Or if you’re me, for the memories of Mom’s summer tomato basil sauce.

Once the roasted tomatoes have completed their roast sesh, and your soup pot is filled with the essential fall comfort food items, it’s time to whip out your handheld blender and get to work. Careful work, I should say. Note to self: getting too excited about immersion blending can result in hot splashes of soup.

Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup - Hello to Fit

As we enter into the fall season, what are you excited for? Highlights for me include seeing the leaves change, apple picking, and all of the comfort foods of Autumn. This healthy roasted tomato basil soup definitely tops the list for comfort food, because it brings back sweet memories of farmers markets with my family.

Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Preparation 15 minutes Cook Time 95 minutes Total Time 1:50
Serves serves 6-8 people     adjust servings

Healthy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is my favorite way to ring in the fall season. With temperatures slowly dropping, allow the aromas of roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to fill your kitchen with the keyword: “comfort”.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ripe roma tomatoes, halved
  • scant 1/4 cup olive oil plus two tablespoons
  • 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • Generous amount of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, leaves stripped from stem and chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread tomatoes evenly in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes.
  2. In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons olive oil, and butter for about 5-7 minutes, until onions are soft and fragrant .
  3. To the pot, add canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add oven-roasted tomatoes. Bring soup mixture to a boil and simmer, uncovered, approximately 30-40 minutes until soup thickens and has slightly reduced.
  4. With a handheld immersion blender, carefully and slowly blend soup. It may be necessary to pause and stir by hand to remove bubbles. Blend with immersion blender until desired consistency.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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By Jess

Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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18 comments

  • Farrah

    September 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Tomato soup is such an awesome comfort food classic–I love that fresh basil you added! <3! This looks amazing!!

  • Beverley @ Born to Sweat

    September 23, 2016 at 9:46 am

    i loveeee the smell of fresh tomatoes on the vine. reminds me when we used to grow them in our backyard growing up! and also basil is just an amazing addition to basically everything. saving this!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    September 23, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I need to make this asap! I have all the ingredients. This sounds like it would be perfect for this weekend!
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  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    September 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    Tomato soup is my FAVORITE! This looks so good, Jess! I’m so excited for soup weather 🙂

  • Alissa

    September 23, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I used to hate tomato soup but now it’s my favorite. This recipe looks SO yummy, I’m going to have to try it!

    Alissa
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    1. Jess

      September 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Hope you enjoy!! It’s especially good because of the fresh basil 😉

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    September 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    This just takes me back. To my brother and my mom (and cans of soup and the time when I finally discovered chunky roasted tomato soup!).
    I need some crusty bread to dip in there!

  • Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    September 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This sounds so amazing!!!
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  • Emily

    September 23, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Are you using the Matcha recipe plug-in? And I love you how you described how smells trigger memories from our childhood; this would be so good with a grilled cheese sandwich. I would have never thought of roasting tomatoes; that is genius!

    1. Jess

      September 30, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Yes, I am! I love it 🙂

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    September 23, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    I LOVE tomato and basil soup. Like so much that just plain tomato soup I turn up my nose. This looks delicious and EASY! You’re making me miss living inside the beltway though. My hubby and I loved it there!

  • NYG@NaughtyYogaGirl.com

    September 24, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I absolutely love tomato soup (I just found Campbell’s tomato soup made with yellow tomatoes that is now my current fave) … but have never made it myself! In fact, I don’t think I’ve EVER had homemade tomato soup from anyone! That’s a little embarrassing. I think I need to add this recipe to my bucket list. 🙂

  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    September 25, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    YUM. My undergrad degree is in psych but then I realized that I just absolutely loved the history and learning about it than actually working in the field haha. Whoops.

  • Annmarie

    September 26, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Gosh this looks amazing and your food photography is simply stunning!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    September 26, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    I am so looking forward to soup season! Tomato soup is one of my faves sure
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  • Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green

    September 27, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    STUNNING pictures! I love all the colors. Tomato soup is one of my favorites and I love how on Instagram you mentioned freezing this- LOVE a good make ahead meal!
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  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks

    September 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Ooooh I need to make some soups this weekend!! It was so hot this weekend in SF (like 90 degrees!) that I was not interested in soup at all. But temps are supposed to cool down
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  • Esther

    October 23, 2016 at 1:03 am

    This looks so good Jess! It is one of my favorites soups!
    Xo

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