Meatless Monday: Roasted Tomato Soup

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Today was menu planning day. I’ve been trying to get organized and excited about trying all the new recipes I’ve pinned on Pinterest. But, fall was in the air this morning, and nothing tastes more like fall than tomato soup and grilled cheese!

So, back to the old standby. I’ve actually been making this recipe since college. It was one of the first recipes I memorized and improvised upon.

Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup
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Preheat oven to 450. Slice about 1 1/2 lbs of plum tomatoes, and place cut sides down in baking dish. (You can also substitute with other tomatoes on hand, but the plum tend to be a little sweeter.) Drizzle with EVOO, and sprinkle with minced garlic, freshly ground pepper, and Italian herbs. (You can use any combination of oregano, basil, and parsley. I generally use an Italian herb mix from the farmer’s market.) Roast the tomatoes until they start bubbling.

Meanwhile, chop an onion and sauté in a medium soup pot with a tablespoon or two of EVOO. Pour in about a cup of chicken broth and 1/4 cup of red wine (just use whatever you’re drinking; I always drink a glass of wine while I cook 🙂 ) Next, spoon in the tomatoes, making sure to include the cooking juices. I then use my immersion blender to chop up the tomatoes. Add a can of tomato paste and blend again. Let the soup simmer, and add in about 1/4 cup cream or half and half just before serving. Grate some Parmesan cheese on top. Serve with grilled cheese and a small salad. Delicious!


Bon appétit!

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Simplified Menu Planning with Pepperplate

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I’ll be the first to admit that I have been terrible at menu planning lately.  (What time period is the definition of “lately?”)  I actually haven’t been really good at it since I was pregnant.  I went through phases of not wanting to eat and then not wanting to cook while pregnant.  And, then after Munchkin was born, the whole process of sifting through recipes, planning a menu, actually making it to the store AND then cooking just got so cumbersome!  With my busy little bee, tasks just take so much more time to complete.  Don’t get me wrong, he is a great helper!  But, after 10 people stop in the store to wave or smile or coo at him, a 10-minute trip turns into a 30-minute trip.  Gone are the days of my notorious 3-stores-or-more shopping trips!  At any rate, I’m ready to get back in the swing of things.

I stumbled across the Pepperplate app one day when I was searching for recipe/menu/grocery list apps.  Has anyone used this one?  This will be first time using it.  It seems so great in theory!  Import your recipes, plan a menu, and get your grocery list in one spot!  I’ll let you know how it goes!

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