Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese Bites

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There’s really nothing better—or more comfort inducing—than tomato soup.  And like most things, tomato soup really does taste better with a little homemade effort.  Sure, a can of tomato soup will suffice in a pinch, but homemade is truly a difference you can taste.  And when you hear the words, “tomato soup pimento cheese” anywhere in the same sentence, you know you’re in for a treat. 

My take on the classic is a tad on the fancier side with the use of roasted tomatoes.  By roasting the tomatoes whole along with using fresh cloves of garlic, then blending, I get a thicker, creamier consistency that is just SO much more satisfying than a one note from the can version.  

Along with the roasting, the other key to my recipe was hinted above: blending.  Last time we talked blending, it was to share my love for the KitchenAid® Pro Line® Series Blender and that love is not lost today.  By blending, even if it’s only a portion of a soup, you’re creating a richer and tastier texture.  I find that blending is actually the key to most soups, so trust me when I say it’s worth the extra effort.  

Once blended, I really do enjoy a dollop (or two) of heavy cream if I’m serving this roasted tomato soup as a starter.  BUT when I’m serving it as an entree I like to put a little Southern spin on it by serving it alongside grilled pimento cheese bites.  

Grilled pimento cheese bites are just as heavenly as they sound…crisp pan fried sourdough encasing rich, ooey-gooey pimento cheese.  The combo really should be illegal!  But lucky for us it’s not, and even luckier for us is that grilled pimento cheese bites are super easy to make.  Simply cut the sourdough bread into smallish squares, spread with pimento cheese and fry it all in a sauté pan until crisp and golden brown.  You can most certainly use store-bought pimento cheese, but if you’re using homemade, here’s a quick tip: be sure to blitz the ingredients in a blender for a smoother, spreadable texture that is sure to melt better.  

So now that I’ve shared my spin on the ultimate comfort food, all you’ve got to do is try it! Truly, MKR

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Pimento Cheese
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
For the soup
  1. 2 28 oz. cans of organic whole roasted tomatoes
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  4. 3 tablespoons of tomato paste
  5. 4 cups organic vegetable broth
  6. 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  8. 4 tablespoons olive oil
  9. salt and pepper, to taste
for the grilled pimento cheese bites
  1. 4-5 slices sourdough bread
  2. pimento cheese
  3. 1 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven or toaster oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a baking dish and slightly crush or break with your hands, add garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast until garlic is soft and tomatoes are jammy, approx. 30 minutes.
  4. About 10 minutes before roasted tomatoes are done, begin heating 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high. Add onion and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cook until onion begins to soften.
  6. Increase heat to medium high, add tomato paste, rosemary and thyme; cook, stirring, until slightly darkened in color, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add roasted tomato mixture and broth and bring to a boil.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, 15-20 minutes.
  9. Let cool slightly.
  10. Working in batches, pour tomato mixture in a blender until smooth and pour soup back into pot.
  11. Taste, then season with salt and pepper and put the lid on to keep warm while you make the pimento cheese bites.
For the pimento cheese bites
  1. Cut the sourdough bread into smallish squares.
  2. Smear butter on outside sides of bread.
  3. Spread with pimento cheese and in a saute pan coated with cooking spray, saute on high to medium high until golden brown.
  4. Serve with tomato soup, and enjoy!
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  • Proper Pepper Pimento Cheese would be a great option if you Waiting on Martha fans aren’t up for making your own. You can find it in the Atlanta area at Lucy’s Market, Krog Street’s Nature’s Garden, Preserving Place and The Local Exchange in Marietta. It’s made using a Kitchen Aid cheese grater AND mixer, so we are spot on with Mandy’s promo today!! Happy Fall.

  • This sounds so comforting and delicious!

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