a nice change. [roasted tomato soup w. lemon arugula pesto]

October 18th, 2012 by | comments

Since having dental surgery last week, my diet has consisted of frozen yogurt and soup. But one can only eat ice cream and Ramen noodles for so long. So, after a few days of recovering, I decided it was time to get back in the kitchen and make soup that I would actually enjoy. This gourmet tomato soup with lemon arugula pesto sure did the trick. I’d never made arugula pesto before, and I’ve got to say, I might even prefer it to basil pesto!

roasted tomato soup w. lemon arugula pesto
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  • Soup recipe:
  • 5 large, ripe tomatoes, cored
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (12 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ⅛ tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup good-quality vodka
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Arugula pesto recipe:
  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 8 oz. baby arugula
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾-1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For the soup: Set the cored tomatoes on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil and roast until wrinkly and skin starts to peel, about 30 minutes. While the tomatoes cool, heat the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil in a small skillet. Add shallots and garlic and saute over medium heat until golden brown and caramelized, 10-15 minutes. Set aside.
  3. When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, peel off the skins. Roughly dice the tomatoes.
  4. In a large pot, add the roasted tomatoes, shallots, garlic, crushed tomatoes (with juice), 1 tsp. salt and sugar. Using an immersion blender, mix soup until smooth. Stir in cream and vodka. Season with a dash or two of cayenne and salt and pepper.
  5. For the pesto: Toast the pine nuts, stirring occasionally, in a skillet set on medium heat until they turn golden brown, about 4 minutes. Combine the arugula, pine nuts, 2 cloves garlic, ½ teaspoon salt, and lemon juice in the jar of a blender or the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, then slowly add in the olive oil through the feed tube and process. Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan.
  6. Serve soup hot, and top with arugula pesto. Mix pesto with soup, if desired.
Recipe from Epicurious.


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  • It is a perfect autumn soup

  • Delicious looking soup! Hope your recovery is a quick one!

  • You stir in the vodka at the end!? Wow caroline, that is my kind of soup!! Dental surgery.. ick.. soup.. yum! c

  • What a great soup. Sorry to hear about the surgery. This has to make one feel better.

  • Your arugula pesto makes such a pretty pattern on your soup:) xx

  • The soup looks very delicious with pesto!

  • It may be 30 degrees c but who cares, I want this soup :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Hope you are able to eat solids again soon Caroline. This soup sounds incredible and the rocket (arugula) pesto sounds like perfection!
    :-) Mandy

  • Arugula pesto sounds like it would go with a number of dishes, not just this great sounding soup. I hope you’re feeling much better now.

  • egg me on

    Hope you’re feeling better now! This soup looks great. That pesto design on top of the soup is mesmerizing. I’ve been staring at it for too long. It’s making me hungry. :D

    • Thank you!! I got super nerdy and used a toothpick to make the design–woops hahaa.

  • I’ve been wanting to try arugula pesto for awhile, nice combo with the tomato soup! Yum

  • I think the vodka might kill the pain! I don’t think I’ve ever put vodka in my soup before! Wine, yes, but vodka…not yet! But you know I will now :)
    Love the touch of arugula pesto combined with this.
    Hope you feel better soon Caroline.

  • Your dishes always look so beautiful, Caroline; nice work! I’m sure they taste great, as well…

  • Sorry to hear about your surgery, hope you are recovering quickly! What a great soup, love the pesto with this!

  • We used arugula pesto recently and it is wonderful! I never thought to put it in tomato soup. Brilliant! Hope you’re feeling better. :)

  • I do like the addition of vodka at the end, I think that’s the perfect remedy for the dental surgery. Hope you’re recovering well! x

  • Um, yum! This soup looks incredible, Caroline! And I’m happy you’re on the road to recovery from the dental surgery. Xx

  • Nice colours on that soup, I bet they taste awesome as well

  • Love love love the addition of pesto! That’s what definitely takes this over the top.

  • yes it is definitely a nice change and one I think i need soon. love the pesto with hints of lemon and arugual instead of the traditional basil

  • gorgeous comfort food.

    Hope you are well, Caroline. x

  • Wow, this looks so good Caroline! I, too, am so glad for the cooler weather and hope that your mouth is feeling better. Arrugula pesto sounds different and delicious and I can’t wait to give it a go.

  • I love soup and this is the perfect time for it – even if the weather doesn’t cooperate! This one sounds delightful!

  • I love the added lemon arugula pesto — bright colors and flavors :)