while it might be getting warmer here in the northeast, it doesn’t mean we’re done with winter yet. so if you need a cup of soup to warm you up try some roasted tomato basil soup…and maybe a grilled cheese on sourdough. i had this a couple of weeks ago and although i’ve had other good soups since nothing warms your soul quite the same as a tomato soup. there’s also nothing like a soup and sandwich night to bring back the comfort of your childhood.
preheat the oven to 400 degrees. toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes. in an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. add the canned tomatoes, basil, and chicken stock. add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. blend with an immersion blender until smooth, then stir in mascarpone cheese. taste for seasonings and serve hot or cold.