My daughter loves creamy soups…. bisque, roasted tomato, cheesey brocolli. So I began thinking about how I could give her a healthier version while also being quick and easy for her to make. As I was grocery shopping with her I noticed her list included jarred pasta sauce. Really?? She grew up eating my homemade sauce…so how could she eat this! I read the ingredients..actually not bad…tomatoes, onions, roasted garlic, sugar, salt oregano, sunflower oil, parsley, pepper.
The sauce she bought was Barilla – Roasted Garlic. While it did not taste like my sauce…simmering all day, lovingly stirred…the ingredients could be used as a base for her soup! Similar to how I make creamy soup from roasted veggies and whole tomatoes. So, we blended it up and added ingredients she would like in a soup, and before we knew it…creamy soup as good as homemade! On a second shopping trip she grabbed a Classico Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo. The cream, egg yolk, parmesan cheese and butter take the fat content up, but I have to believe that it will be a better choice for her than eating out and not knowing exactly what is in the soup. Most importantly… they both taste really, really good!
Tomato Soup with Roasted Garlic
1 jar Marinara of your choice (check ingredients to ensure no added sugars or fake food!) *
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon of Pesto (optional) or use 1/4 cup of fresh basil or 1 tablespoon of dried
1 small jar of roasted red peppers (optional – good for creating a Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Soup)
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process well. Pour into a saucepan and heat. Depending on how you like the thickness of your soup you can add more or less chicken stock as well as the cream. Garnish with a dollop of goat cheese, parmesan shavings or gorgonzola.
* If the marinara sauce does not contain roasted garlic or to intensify the garlic taste, add 1 bulb of roasted garlic.
Variation: Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo
Basically we just added chicken stock and pesto to this soup as it had all the ingredients she wanted. I prefer a spicy soup; therefore, I would add crushed red pepper.