Ma’am’s because three people called me ma’am by 9 o’clock a.m.
With no particular dinner plan in mind for tonight and having already cleaned out the fresh vegetable bin, I started to reorganize the pantry and spied the slow cooker and canned tomatoes sitting side by side, so I gathered my vegetables and set out to prepare a nice hot crock pot of tomato soup. My norm is roasted tomato basil soup, but I didn’t have any really good fresh tomatoes worth roasting and I didn’t want to mess with oven roasted canned tomatoes (link to recipe below) so jazzed up not so plain Jane tomato soup it is for this gloomy day. I had some leftover roasted red pepper dip so that went into the pot as well, seasoned with a touch of smoked paprika and a pinch of red pepper flakes it’s good as is, but a little garnish never hurts, I chose fried basil leaves for our soup tonight.
Toss all of the soup ingredients into the slow cooker and get it started on high while the vegetables are roasting.
*optional 3 tablespoons tomato paste…if you use tomatoes packed in puree skip the tomato paste
2 cans San Marzano whole tomatoes
1 cup leftover roasted red pepper dip
2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
6 or so leaves of fresh basil)
1 teaspoon pimenton ahumado
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
Big pinch of red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons butter
Salt & pepper to taste
Vegetables to roast: Roast at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
3 Tablespoons garlic seasoned olive oil
3 celery stalks, rough chopped
3 small carrots, rough chopped
1 large shallot, halved
½ large yellow onion, halved
½ red onion, halved
Add the roasted vegetables and pan juice to soup ingredients, stir, and cook on high for 5-6 hours. When soup is done puree in blender, processor or use a stick blender, stir in butter. I run the soup through a food mill to remove the tomato seeds.
* Optional/Serve with a dollop of sour cream, chopped chives, green onions or fried basil leaves… nice with grilled cheese sandwiches.
link to roasted canned tomatoes: http://www.publicradio.org/columns/splendid-table/recipes/app_oventomatoes.html