I am sure you are wondering why on earth I would be posting a soup recipe right after a huge heat wave. In New England we had 90 degree temps all week. However 2-3 weeks ago... it was rainy and cold for days and days. During that time my kids and I were all sick with a nasty chest cold that just would not quit. What better way to cut through a cold than a bowl of healthy, hearty soup? In the summer when we have fresh tomatoes and basil I can't think of any way I'd rather use them than in a roasted tomato soup. It is one of my favorite kid friendly comfort foods.
To make this soup, I start by roasting my tomatoes, red bell pepper, onion and garlic in a little bit of olive oil. I then puree it with some chicken stock. To make it creamy and for some added protein and calcium I added in some goat cheese. My youngest daughter loves goat cheese. I have been giving it to her since she was an infant. She spreads chevre on her crackers, or just pokes her finger in the package and eats it when I am not looking. In fact I have never met a cheese she did not like.
Roasted Tomato and Pepper Tortellini Soup with Chèvre
4 cups chicken stock
1 pound tomatoes ( I used cherry)
1 large red bell pepper, quartered and seeded
1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
4-6 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbs olive oil
1 cup cooked tortellini ( I use the frozen kind and prepare according to package directions)
4 oz Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery's Classic Chèvre
Fresh basil for serving
Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400.
Place tomatoes, pepper, onion, and garlic on a baking sheet. Drizzle in olive oil covering all of your vegetables. Roast for approximately 15-25 minutes or until they are soft and caramelized.
In a medium stock pot place chicken stock and your roasted vegetables, bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
Using an immersion blender blend your soup until smooth. Mix in cooked tortellini, and salt/pepper to taste.
Stir in chunks of Chèvre, and serve with fresh basil on top.
I was excited when Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery contacted me recently about a program they were running called Kids & Kids. They are focusing on the Kids (the human two legged variety) and Kids (the cute little baby goats) To celebrate the kids, they teamed up with the children's clothing company Zutano. You really could not ask for a better team!The month of June they have been running a huge giveaway where you can win a year supply of goat cheese AND a year supply of Zutano kids clothing.
|Photos from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, the kids (human kind) are all wearing Zutano|
It just so happens today is my blog's birthday. Happy 2nd birthday Bakeaholic Mama! To celebrate I teamed up with my friends at Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Zutano to bring you all a fabulous giveaway. I am completely smitten with Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and all of their products. Not only are they local to me, but they offer the best European style selection of cheese of butter I have tried. Zutano just so happens to be my favorite children's brand of clothing, and guess what... they are based out of Vermont too! When my kids were babies they were outfitted in Zutano head to toe. I especially loved their little snap on booties. Every baby should have at least one pair!
Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery has so kindly offered to give one lucky follower each of their goat cheese varieties that include, classic, herb, pepper, creamy classic, creamy roasted red pepper, creamy olive & herb, they will also be giving the winner a copy of the book In A Cheesemaker's Kitchen , as well as a cooler bag! My friends at Zutano are also contributing a gift card for one outfit of your choice (up to a $75 value).
How To Enter:
1) Leave a comment on my blog telling me what your favorite summer activity was when you were a kid.
Additional Entry Options: Leave a separate blog comment telling me which options you have completed. Each comment counts as one entry. No more than 5 entries per person permitted.
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(Disclaimer: I was compansated for this post with free product from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery as well as Zutano. Together Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery and Zutano are sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. Giveaway closes July 4th 2013 at 11:59 AM EST. The winner will be contacted via email, winner has 48 hours to respond to the offer, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen. )