Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup

Homemade roasted tomato soup that’s so quick and easy to make!  Curb that tomato soup craving with this silky smooth soup with intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can. 

Bowl of tomato soup with a piece of toasted sourdough bread on a cutting board

Tomato soup is one of those classic soups that a person starts craving as soon as the leaves start changing and the days get colder. Debbie and I usually have a bunch of tomatoes left from in our gardens around this time so the clear answer for using them is to make tomato soup.

Even if you don’t have garden fresh tomatoes, this homemade version is WAY better than anything you will get in a can and so easy to make. If you love tomato soup then go grab your self some tomatoes and lets do this!

Why We Love Homemade Tomato Soup

  • its so damn easy to make
  • it tastes to much better when its homemade (with love)
  • its a great way to use up any tomatoes in your garden (it freezes great)
  • it tastes so good with a grilled cheese for dipping
  • its a warm and cozy fall dinner
  • its healthy too!

If you have never made tomato soup at home before, you are in for a treat.

Tomatoes cut in half on a baking sheet with thyme, garlic,salt and pepper

Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this soup and most of them you will already have on hand.

  • olive oil
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • onions
  • carrots
  • herbs: basil and thyme
  • chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
  • heavy cream or coconut cream

TIP: Debbie and I both always have organic better than bullion on hand for those times that you don’t have the broth you need in a box. It’s the next best thing to liquid broth and it comes in:

  • chicken better than bullion
  • vegetable better than bullion
  • beef better than bullion
  • ham better than bullion
  • lobster better than bullion

(This is not sponsored, we just like and use them ALL the time)

Things You Will Need

  • a large soup pot – this Lodge 6qt enameled pot is our fav and is a work horse in our kitchens and very reasonably priced!
  • a roasting pan – this Nordic half sheet is perfect for this
  • an immersion blender or a good blender like a blendtec or vitamix
Pictures showing how to make the tomato soup

How to Make this Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

How to Roast Tomatoes

Roasting the tomatoes is as simple as slicing them and placing them, the garlic, and thyme on your baking tray. Or you can roast them right in your enameled cast iron pot if that’s what you are using.

Toss the veggies with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and then roast them at 350 degrees for about 45 mins.

The tomatoes will get nice and jammy and your house will smell amazing!

Make the Rest of the Soup

The rest is even easier!

While your tomatoes are roasting, sauté your onions, carrots, and celery till they are nice and soft. Then just add the roasted tomatoes to your sautéed veg, add the chicken broth and simmer them together for about 10 mins covered.

Use your immersion blender and blend the soup till it is smooth and creamy. You can also use a stand up blender for this if you choose.

Finally, add the cream (this is optional) and fresh chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper.

A bowl of tomato soup with a spoon and a toasted sourdough bread

Common Questions:

What tomatoes are best to use for soup?

The freshest and fully ripe tomatoes are the best. Roma tomatoes are great, after that, look for heirlooms which are usually nice and sweet when they are ripe. Beefsteaks will work nicely too. Don’t choose cherry tomatoes, they have a lot of seeds.

If fresh tomatoes are not available, you can use whole canned tomatoes, but go for the San Marzano ones for the best flavor.

Do you have to roast the tomatoes?

No you don’t, you can just simmer them for an hour, but you will get the best and sweetest flavor if you roast them.

What if my tomatoes are tart?

If your tomatoes are overly tart, you can also add a touch of sugar to your soup. The carrots in this tomato soup recipe are meant to add a touch of sweetness as well so wait until the very end to add any sugar.

If you end up adding sugar, only add a teaspoon at a time!

Can you freeze tomato soup?

Yup, you absolutely can. Just put it into an airtight container or bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

These silicone bags are great for freezing!

dipping a piece of sourdough bread into tomato soup

What to Serve With this Tomato Soup

Here are a couple ideas:

Other Soup Recipes you Might Like

This is Debbie’s recipe and since I have recently sampled several different kinds of tomato soup, I can tell you that this one is where it’s at! Silky and smooth with that intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can.  Slightly sweet and a little earthy = absolutely delicious.

We hope you love it as much as we do!

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Roasted Tomato Soup

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Homemade roasted tomato soup that’s so quick and easy to make!  Curb that tomato soup craving with this silky smooth soup with intense roasted tomato flavor that could never come from a can. 
Course Soup
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword homemade tomato soup, roasted tomato soup, tomato soup
Prep Time 15 hours
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 338kcal
Author Cooks with Cocktails

Equipment

  • Lodge enameled cast iron pot
  • handheld blender
  • Nordic half sheet

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs roma tomatoes or whatever tomatoes you have
  • 1 head garlic
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large onion , diced
  • 2 carrots , shredded
  • 2 stalks celery , diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup basil , chopped
  • 1 cup cream or coconut cream
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Slice the tomatoes in half and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Add the peeled garlic and thyme to the baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • While your tomatoes are roasting, sauté your onions, carrots, and celery till they are nice and soft. Then just add the roasted tomatoes to your sautéed veg, add the chicken broth and simmer them together for about 10 mins covered.
  • Use your immersion blender and blend the soup till it is smooth and creamy. You can also use a stand up blender for this if you choose.
  • Finally, add the cream (this is optional) and fresh chopped basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Garnish with feta. parmesan or cheddar cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar if you like.  Serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Sodium: 133mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g

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Ground Beef and Pork Burger Recipe (with Freakishly Good Homemade Mayo)

The best and easy to make ground beef and pork burger recipe! These homemade burgers are so juicy and meaty with the best homemade mayo that you have ever had on top!  Once you try these burgers, you will never buy store bought burger patties again.

Gourmet burgers made at home = huge summer bbq win!

a beef and pork burger in a bun with onions, pickles, bacon, tomato, lettuce and cheese!

Whats the best meat to use for burgers?

The best meat to use in this beef and pork burger recipe is:

For the Beef:  regular ground chuck. Don’t buy the lean ground, you want a decent amount of fat in the burgers.  Look for an 80/20 mix of meat and fat.

You can also use ground sirloin or ground sirlon for extra beefy flavor, but they are more lean so you will want to mix in some fatty meat as well.

For the Pork: regular ground pork.  Not ground sausage!  You just want plain ground pork.  Again, not too lean.  Fat equals flavor and will keep your burgers super juicy!

Should you put breadcrumbs in burgers?

Nope! No also to eggs, onions, or any other veggies.

We used to make our home made burger patties with bread crumbs, egg, and spices, but we saw a show on the Food Network about burgers being the best with only meat and seasoning and said that anything else was meatloaf, not a burger.  Which is actually pretty accurate lol.

We gave it a shot and we will never go back to using anything but just meat and seasonings in our homemade burger recipe.  It tastes so delicious and meaty and we think it goes the best with all the toppings and sauce.   You just need to remember to liberally season the patties with salt and pepper.

Whats fat percentage is best for burgers?

80% lean protein and 20% fat is the best meat to fat ratio for burgers. More fat than that and the burgers will shrink excessively, less fat than that and the burgers will be dry and not juicy.

burger with the bun top leaning against it and melted cheese on top

Tools You Will Need

  1. Burger Press – make perfectly formed burgers of specific sizes with this tool.  Debbie’s got one and I need to get myself one.  I love hers.
  2. Lodge Cast Iron Griddle – I have this exact reversible grill pan.  Heats up like a hot damn and cleans like a breeze.  I love how it gets crispy bits all over the burgers when I use the flat side.  Way cheaper on Amazon than what I paid (just FYI).  I paid $75 for mine…
  3. Le Cruset Cast Iron Griddle – this is the grill pan we are coveting.  Its reversible too and also enameled.
  4. Cast Iron Scrapers – these tools are indispensable if you use cast iron regularly.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine.  The make clean up so much easier.
  5. Food Processor or Blender – you need one of these to make the homemade mayo.  Either works.

How to Make the Burger Patties

Fresh ground meat is the best for burgers.  You want to see the strains of ground meat in your package.  Don’t use meat that has been stuffed into a bag, it will be too dense for a perfect juicy and tender burger.  If you can grind your own meat, its even better.

When you mix the beef and pork together, mix gently and only just enough.

Debbie has this awesome little tool for making burger patties.  It measures o

ut the patty in 1/4 lb, 1/3 lb and 1/2 lb measurements so you know your patties are all the same size.  If your like me and you like things to be even, or if your like Debbie and need every kitchen gadget you can get your hands on, then you need one of these!

But still remember to BE GENTLE when you press your burgers into patties.

Seasonings for Burger Patties

Only salt and black pepper makes the best meaty tasting burger!  Use salt liberally.

How to Cook Burgers

You can cook them on a hot bbq grill and that will taste great, but our favorite way to cook burgers is on a flat cast iron grill.  You can use it on the BBQ or on the stove.  Either way the pan or BBQ needs to be hot hot hot! With a hot flat grill, the burger will get these delicious charred crunchy bits that just make your homemade burgers amazing.

  • Put the burger on the hot pan and leave it alone till the top turns purple and the fat and juices start to come up on the top. This will take about 5 mins.
  • Then flip only once.
  • Don’t push the burger down on the pan or grill!  That will literally squish out the juiciness.
  • Cook for another 4 or so mins.

The best way to eat a pork and beef burger is cooked to medium.  Just a tiny tiny bit pink in the middle.  Not completely well done.

How Can You Tell They Are Done

There are a few ways to tell that your burgers are done:

  • the best way: use a meat thermometer and cook until the temperature reaches 150 degrees F.
  • you can feel the burger and if it feels more firm than soft, its likely done.
  • cut it open and look for just a slight touch of pink.  Or no pink at all if you like your burgers well done.

We prefer to use a meat thermometer because its accurate without cutting into the burger. Cutting into the burger causes the juices to run out.

burger cut in half to show all the goodness inside

Tips for the Best Burger

  • Prepare your buns and toppings first.  Then cook the burgers.
  • Do not overwork your meat.
  • Make an indentation in the center with your thumb to stop it from doming in the center.
  • Season patties generously with salt and pepper just before you cook them.
  • Don’t overcook them! This is why a meat thermometer comes in very handy.

The Best Burger
Buns

In
our opinion, the best burger bus are either brioche buns, pretzel buns or
potato buns. Its best to buy them as fresh as you can from your local bakery or
you can try making them at home! Debbie often makes ours and they are so good.
Here are a couple recipes:

Best Burger
Toppings

We
love our burgers with cheese, onions, tomato, pickles, lettuce, a kick ass
burger sauce, and maybe a little mustard.  We also like bacon on our
burgers.  But your burger could have any of these:

  • mayo, mustard, or ketchup
  • crispy lettuce
  • tomato slices – beefsteaks are
    the best in our opinion
  • dill pickles or sweet pickles
  • sliced raw onions
  • caramelized onions
  • sauteed mushrooms
  • cheese of any kind
  • crispy bacon slices
  • avocado

What
are your favorite toppings?  Have we missed them here?

How to Make
Homemade Mayonnaise

The
sauce that we made for these homemade burgers is the star of the show, after
the burgers themselves of course.  It’s so easy and you can flavor it
exactly the way you want to. I love a messy burger that’s got just enough
sauce, but not with tons of mayo, if you know what I mean, and this sauce makes
that happen. This is how you do it:

  • In a food processor or blender,
    combine the egg, lemon juice, mustard, garlic clove and process until nice and
    foamy.
  • With the food processor or
    blender running, pour in the oil in a very thin trickle until the mixture
    becomes thick.
  • Then pour it into a bowl and
    stir in the tomatoes, paprika, cajun spice and seasoning by hand.

It makes a burger sauce
that’s so much more flavorful than regular old mayo.

two burgers with all the toppings and fries on the side

Other Burger
Recipes You Might Like

Recipes to Serve
with Your Burgers

If you’ve tried this homemade ground beef and pork burger recipe then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let us know how it turned out in the comments below.  We love hearing from you!

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Beef and Pork Homemade Burger Recipe with Freakishly Good Homemade Mayo

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The best and easy to make homemade burger recipe! Pork and beef burger patties that are so juicy and meaty with the best homemade mayo that you have ever had on top!  Once you try these burgers, you will never buy store bought burger patties again.
Course Burger, Main
Cuisine Canadian
Keyword beef and pork burger, burger recipe, homemade burger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 burgers
Calories 433kcal
Author Julie & Debbie

Ingredients

FOR THE BURGER

  • 1 kg regular ground beef
  • 500 g regular ground pork
  • salt and pepper

FOR THE MAYO

  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cajun spice
  • 1 tomato seeds removed and diced
  • 1 cup olive oil or MCT oil or avocado oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

TOPPINGS

  • tomato slices
  • pickles
  • bacon
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • mushrooms
  • cheese
  • banana peppers
  • hamburger buns

Instructions

FOR THE BURGERS

  • In a large bowl mix the two types of meats gently. Dont over mix them so they stay nice and juicy.
  • Form 8 large balls with the meat and then gently flatten into patties. If you have a burger maker tool, make the burgers about a generous 1/4 lb each.
  • Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the BBQ on to about 450 degrees.  Place a cast iron flat grill on the BBQ.  When the BBQ is hot, cook the burgers on the flat grill about 4 mins on each side.  The internal temperature should be about 150 degrees when they are done. 
  • If you are putting cheese on the burgers put it on after about 3 mins on the second side and close the lid so the cheese melts.  Remove from the BBQ when the burgers are done.   If you can, let the burgers rest for 5 mins before serving. 

FOR THE MAYO

  • In a food processor, combine the egg, lemon juice, mustard, garlic clove and process until foamy.  With the food processor running, pour in the oil in a very thin trickle until the mixture becomes thick.  By hand, stir in the tomatoes, paprika, cajun spice and seasoning.

TO ASSEMBLE

  • Place just a little sauce on the bottom bun, add all the toppings and the burger in whatever order you like and serve! 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty – no bun or toppings | Calories: 433kcal | Protein: 33g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 548mg | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3.2mg

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