How to Make Booze-Y, Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

A fresh, easy & yummy meal.

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Bonus tip: use a produce bag in a large bowl for trash while cutting/cooking. Remove bag & toss when done for easy clean-up!

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Gather & wash produce & prepare for roasting.

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Drizzle olive oil on bottom of a large baking dish

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Cut tomatoes in to large chunks and place in baking dish.

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Cut peppers in to small pieces and place in baking dish.

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Grab as much garlic as you like - for me, more is better! Peel garlic & slice cloves in half & place in baking dish.

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Cut red onion in to small chunks and place in baking dish.

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Drizzle a little more olive oil over veggies.

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Drizzle balsamic vinegar over veggies.

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Sprinkle salt over veggies (I added pepper, too, but didn't snap a pic)

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Toss veggies to thoroughly coat them in the oil, vinegar & seasoning.

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Place baking dish in a pre-heated 400-degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until veggies are roasted to your liking.

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While veggies are roasting, prepare the soup base.

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Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of a large soup pot.

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Empty the can of tomato paste into the pot & slowly heat it while stirring to smooth it out.

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Pour in about 3/4 of a box of vegetable broth.

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Stir until the broth & paste are well blended. A whisk comes in handy here!

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Don't forget to check on your veggies and stir them as needed!

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Veggies all done! Note: I used a little too much olive oil in this batch.

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Use a slotted spoon to drain veggies and transfer them to soup base.

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Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. (or longer if needed)

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Wash basil leaves and tear them up and add to soup.

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If you want to make your soup "booze-y" add about 1/4 cup of your favorite dry white wine. (if not, skip this step. Extra broth can be added if needed.)

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Add about 1/4 cup of heavy cream to soup and stir.

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An immersion blender makes all the difference here. If you don't have one, check the web for tips on blending hot soups in a blender. (I ordered this rad aqua one from Zappos & *love* it. Under $30)

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Blend until its a nice thick & creamy texture.

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Enjoy! Especially good with crusty, cheesy bread!

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