You know those big containers of grape tomatoes you can get at Costco? Well, I’m a sucker for them. Problem is I can never seem to use them up fast enough before they start to wrinkle unless I have a recipe already planned for them. And that’s what happened this last time I purchased them. So I tossed them in the oven to roast while I figured out what to make out of them. I thought some kind of soup would be good and ended up with this delicious Roasted Tomato Soup with Pesto and Grilled Cheese Croutons!
I sort of winged it with this recipe, but was quite pleased with the end result. First I sliced the tomatoes in half and placed them on a cookie sheet, drizzled them with olive oil, salt and pepper and threw in some fennel seeds for good measure. I also tossed in some garlic cloves as well (roasted garlic is so yummy).
After about 20 minutes I took them out of the oven since they all turned to mush and added them to a pot that had some diced onions, carrot and celery sautéing. Next I added some chicken stock and let it simmer for a bit. After a while I blended it all up and added a couple heaping tablespoons of pesto, and voila…Roasted Tomato Soup. And, because I love to dunk a grilled cheese sandwich in my tomato soup, I cut one up into bite sized pieces and put them on top like croutons!