Grilled Tomato Soup from Scratch with Parsley
This is a wonderful recipe for grilled tomato soup and you can serve it either hot or chilled. The grill gives plenty of flavor to the tomatoes, much more so in fact than if you were to simply blanch them in hot water. You need to clean your grill before making this tomato soup from scratch recipe because a clean grill keeps the tomato flavor intact and a dirty grill will either make the tomatoes stick to it or give them the flavor of whatever you cooked on there before!
To serve this soup chilled, you will need it to be in the refrigerator for a couple of hours at least and remember the flavors blend over time so leave it overnight if possible. You can bring it to a light boil in a saucepan if you prefer it hot. If you do that, remember that you will need to watch and stir it constantly until it is hot enough. As soon as it begins to boil it is ready. Hot tomato soup is a winter warmer and chilled tomato soup is perfect for warm spring or summer days, especially if you fancy eating al fresco or if you are having a barbecue.
Tomato soup has to be one of the most popular types of soup and there are all kinds of ways to make it. Traditional Italian tomato soup is flavored with garlic, basil, and olive oil and the following recipe definitely has an Italian influence. Unless you are making this grilled tomato soup recipe for strict vegetarians, the crumbled crispy bacon makes a marvelous garnish and is well worth adding. The parsley adds a splash of color to the soup, as well as an aromatic flavor, which suits the tomato flavor perfectly.
- 3 lbs ripe tomatoes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- Dash Tabasco
- Dash Worcestershire sauce
- 1 shallot, chopped
- ½ cup basil leaves
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- Basil leaves to garnish
- Parmesan cheese to garnish
- Crumbled crispy bacon to garnish (optional)
- Preheat the grill to medium hot.
- Mix together the olive oil, salt and pepper.
- Cut the tomatoes in half and brush the seasoned olive oil over the cut parts, keeping the remaining oil for later.
- Put the tomatoes cut side down on the grill, close the lid, and cook for 3 minutes.
- Remove the tomatoes when they are browned and the skin is loose and let them cool.
- Remove the skins and seeds and puree them in a food processor or blender with the rest of the olive oil and all the other ingredients except the bacon.
- When the soup is smooth, either chill it or reheat it and serve with parsley sprinkled over the top and crispy fried bacon pieces you like or some fresh basil leaves and some Parmesan cheese.
This is a rich flavored tomato soup, which is also colorful and tempting. If you are looking for a recipe for grilled tomato soup from scratch, this one is highly recommended. Using fresh tomatoes gives you a fresher tasting soup than if you use canned tomatoes or a readymade tomato sauce. This soup is great if you are growing your own tomatoes because you might have a lot to use up at once. Grilled soups are always flavor packed and this tomato soup is no exception. If you enjoy tasty soup recipes made with top quality produce and fresh ingredients you will enjoy this.
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