I’ve been in heaven over here.
Lots of rain. And sweaters and bundleme’s on baby car seats.
This is the season I’ve been waiting for.
I own more log sleeve shirts than short, more scarves than hats and more pairs of jeans than capri’s.
I’ll take a puddle to jump in and leaves to crunch under my feet any day.
I love the sound of the rain hitting the roof, the fact that I don’t have to water the plants and the smell of wet dirt in the morning.
About the only thing I don’t like about rain is the smell of wet cat!
This weather inspires some super yummy soups, like this one:
Creamy Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup
as found on Spoon Fork Bacon
1 ½ lbs Roma tomatoes, sliced lengthwise
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups basil leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup heavy cream
goat cheese, crumbled.
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Spread tomato halves onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Roast tomatoes for about 1 hour.
4. While tomatoes are in the oven, melt the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat.
5. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes.
6. Stir in the garlic and thyme and sauté for another 5 minutes.
7. Add crushed tomatoes, basils and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
8. Stir the mixture and reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, covered.
9. Pour broth and roasted tomatoes into the pot. Season with salt and pepper.
10. Continue to simmer soup, covered, for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
11. Carefully pour soup into a blender and blend until smooth.
12. Pour soup back into the pot and stir in the cream until fully incorporated.
13. Simmer the soup for 3 minutes before ladling into bowls.
14. Top each soup with a sprinkle of goat cheese and fried basil and serve hot.
What’s your favorite season?