Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

1-Tomato Soup in snowIt’s been so cold out, I couldn’t think of anything that sounded better after a brisk afternoon hike than a roasted tomato basil soup. But none of the recipes I found were making me completely happy. So I’ve been working on a new recipe for the past few weeks, and I think it’s finally ready to share with my fellow RV chefs!

½ med onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
½ stalk celery, diced (about ¼ cup)
½ carrot chopped (about ¼ cup)
1 tsp fresh thyme (can substitute 1/4 tsp dried and add more to taste. A little goes a long way!)
1 cup fresh basil, chopped into small pieces
1 tsp garlic powder (optional; use to adjust garlic flavor if needed)
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth (or 1 cup of water + vegetable paste)
1 cup tomato juice
8-10 med tomatoes roasted at 400 degrees for 40-45 min
Salt & pepper

1-IMG_0175Saute the onions, garlic, celery and carrot in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the carrots are tender and the onions are clear. Add the vegetable broth and tomato juice and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes, roasted tomatoes, thyme, basil, garlic powder. Let simmer another 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and adjust other seasonings to suit your preference. Use a hand-held blender (the “boat motor”) to smooth the texture of the soup but still leave some rustic chunks of tomato.

Garnishes and other options: add milk and/or sour cream to create a creamy tomato soup; garnish with fresh basil and parmesan cheese.

Soups are flavorful, easy RV meals, especially if you do some prep work before you leave home! I have an oven in my Airstream, so I could just as easily roast the tomatoes on the road, but if you’re playing outside most of the day, it would be nice to have all the ingredients ready to go. (I’m guessing this recipe would work really well by just dumping everything in a crock pot, too. I’ll have to try that.)

This time, I’m definitely going to freeze some and take it with me on my road trip through Texas next week!

Do you have any favorite soup recipes to share? Let me know!

~ G. Elaine Acker