Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup

August 13, 2015
Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup - The modest list of ingredients yields the most delicate soup. It's truly wonderful

I remember the first time it really started to sink in

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just how much my parents had done for me over the years

The moment found me in the basement of my freshman-year dorm on a Sunday evening, folding my laundry

Though I'll never fully grasp the greatness of their love, it was in that moment, homesick, and missing all of the creature comforts for which I'd grown accustomed, that my perspective started to ..


Some lessons can only be lived

“Mom, I made a batch of your laundry detergent this afternoon.  Thank you for sending the recipe.”

She lives in Montana now, with a family and child of her own.  During our drive-way moment this week, I was able to wish her the happiest of birthdays, and talk about life.  Partway through, I couldn't help but smile and


Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup - The modest list of ingredients yields the most delicate soup. It's truly wonderful

It's floated in and out of my mind ever since.  A part of me wonders if our children can or will ever realize all of the things we do for them?  Another wonders if they should

The thank you's certainly come for some of the bigger things: the braces, the steady presence on high-school bleachers, or the painting of a purple bedroom

But what about the thousands of little things that we as parents weave with love into their lives, day in and day out?  I think about this today as I walk past boxes of their things that I keep for them, for when they'd like to have them


I think of the hundreds of loads of laundry over the years, folded and arranged in neat piles.  All of the pancakes made for breakfasts, school lunches packed, with little notes tucked inside to make them smile.

Or the sheets of scented fabric that I'd tuck into the drawers that held their favorite t-shirts, those they wore every day

Sometimes I'd catch myself and think, why am I doing this?  They won't notice, or if they do, they've got to think I'm silly.

Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup - The modest list of ingredients yields the most delicate soup. It's truly wonderful

Those who know me well can attest, I've always loved a clean(ish) house.  Over the years, I've couched it in being attuned to how things are working.  But really, it's one of my ways of loving those who abide

Certainly, the faint watermarks in the corners of the window will let alert me of a leak, but I'm more interested in the little bit of kitty throw-up, a signal someone has a bad tummy

It matters to me that the closets aren't crammed with stuff, or that things won't fall on my head when opening a cabinet.  I've always loved to vacuum, somehow finding it therapeutic.  Maybe it's because it forces me to focus on the task at hand, or maybe because it's nice to have a simple and mindless task to finish

Somehow I also find comfort in the smallest bit of order.  It helps keep the chaos of the world at arm's length when I look around, and the floors are clean, the dishes are done, and my desk isn't a mess

If only life would obey such clear rules

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I've come to believe it's the smallest gestures, that often contain the greatest love

Coming home at the end of a long day, it's nice to find a bouquet of fresh flowers from the farmer's market on the kitchen table. Something cold and fizzy on a hot summer afternoon

Sending a book in the mail that you know someone will appreciate

Drawing a bath, stacking the towels on a chair, lighting a candle, or the simple gift of space, realizing someone's need for solitude

buoyed by trust

Tucking stalks of fresh lavender into the blankets and sweaters as they're put away for the summer.  Making the bed in the morning and turning it down at the end of the day.  Pulling the curtains just so, or the last pets and behind-the-ear scratches for everyone furry

as I head off to bed

Baby Miruku, resident slow living expert. @matthewlud & I are both out of sight, out of mind people. But we can't seem to stop missing our baby kittens. With my sweet husband & kittens to miss, travel on my own is going to be a beast. I can only imagine what it will feel like when human babies are thrown into the mix! #mycatmiruku #kitten #theartofslowliving

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As I think of these small gestures, many are spontaneous, and others are on repeat.  How easily they become ritualized, these unspoken go-tos for showing my love when other means seemed to falter.  Surprise is good, although I have to believe it's reliability that will see us through the long haul

I think of how easy it is for me to lose sight of the power in these everyday expressions.  Imagining for a moment, what our days would be like if we approached one another with the same kindness, every step of the way?

But my children, did they notice any of it?  Perhaps not explicitly; they may approach my tiny and tender gifts over the years as their due.  They may, if they're among the lucky, never know a life without such touches

My sincerest hope is the habits of living, and loving will have seeped into their consciousness, so that one day they, in turn, will do sweet, and small things for the ones they love.  That one day their heart will be warmed when they hear

“Smells like Mom”

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With a batch of tomatoes from my parent's garden, I couldn't think of a better way to showcase them, but roasted and made into a simple soup.

We really love this one.  It's lighter, with a flavor that's delicate yet deep. The ingredients are simple enough, mostly tomatoes, plus a few slices of sourdough, and a few spices.

In the end, the soup is pureed before serving, though not until it's creamy smooth.



~ Soup Adapted from Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Roasted Tomatoes Adapted from Ina Garten

Roasted Tomato with Sourdough Soup


  • Roasted Tomatoes
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes ~ 4 cups, cored and sliced ¼" thick
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado)
  • 1 ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • Soup
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + extra to finish
  • 1 large onion (~ 1 ½ cup) chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (more or less, depending on your tolerance for heat)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1 (14 oz) can chopped Italian tomatoes
  • ½ Tbsp natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado)
  • 2 slices sourdough bread, torn into large pieces
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro, chopped, + extra to finish
  • fine-grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper


  • Roast the Tomatoes
  • Preheat the oven to 450° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Arrange the tomatoes on the baking sheets, in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle the garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper over the tomatoes.
  • Roast for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tomatoes are concentrated and beginning to caramelize

  • Make the Soup
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan, add the onion and sauté, stirring often, for ~ 5 minutes, or until they're translucent.
  • Add the cumin and garlic, and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Add the stock, both roasted and canned tomatoes, sugar, red pepper flakes (if using), a ½ tsp of fine-grain sea salt, and a good grind of black pepper.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for ~ 20 minutes, adding the bread halfway through.
  • Add the cilantro, and pulse the soup a few times (in batches) in your blender or food processor, to break down the tomatoes a bit (we like our soup on the coarse and chunky side)
  • (This soup should be pretty thick, but add a little water to thin it down if you prefer.)
  • Serve with a drizzle of oil and garnished with fresh cilantro.
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Calories 321
Total Fat 18.4g
Saturated Fat 2.6g
Carbohydrates 35.3g
Fiber 5.1g
Sugars 14.4g
Protein 6.6g
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  • Reply Heydave August 17, 2015 at 9:26 am

    This is really, really good with some meat added, like chopped up hamburger!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. May 1, 2017 at 1:16 am

    That’s beautifully said as always. I also have the same thoughts about my children. Will they notice the little gestures that’s filled with love, someday? Perhaps once they have a family of their own. I’m not sure but I do hope that I continue to live in their memory and that on off days, I would still make them smile with the little things that they do.

  • Reply Marina Rosie May 1, 2017 at 2:09 am

    5 stars
    This is right up my street, I ADORE soups! This has been bookmarked for future reference! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie xx

  • Reply Tania Potter May 1, 2017 at 2:24 am

    Some years ago I came across the phrase ‘creating the environment in which change can happen’ and that is what came to mind reading your words. They may not consciously notice but the environment those little gestures make, create such a space of love, and it is there that most of us thrive.

  • Reply Elena Zahir May 1, 2017 at 4:18 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love the food photography, it’s so colorful and pretty, you can almost taste fresh tomatoes by just looking at it. Love that the recipe is vegan as well, I’ll definitely try it out sometime. Thank you for sharing!
    xxx Elena

  • Reply robin rue May 1, 2017 at 4:24 am

    That soup sounds awesome. I will bookmark it for the fall when we start eating soup again 🙂

  • Reply Gareth Torrance May 1, 2017 at 4:32 am

    A nice warm soup. Followed by bath a is a really great way to unwind after a long day at work!

  • Reply Alli Smith May 1, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Tomato Soup is one of my favorite soups. It’s pure comfort in a bowl and your recipe sounds delicious. I also believe it’s the smallest gestures that contain the greatest love.

  • Reply Helen May 1, 2017 at 4:40 am

    This is a beautiful post, like you I hope my daughter realises all the little things I’ve done when she’s older.
    This soup sounds delicious, tomato soup is such a comforting meal isn’t it.

  • Reply Tiana May 1, 2017 at 5:58 am

    For a moment there I forgot totally about the tomato soup receipe. Nice and thoughtful line up…perfect blend with the soup receipe

  • Reply Amber Myers May 1, 2017 at 7:34 am

    I know I’d love this! I love tomato soup and sourdough is one of my favorite foods. This looks so delicious.

  • Reply Candy May 1, 2017 at 7:40 am

    I make all of our soups homemade. They taste so much better. Tomato soup is a favorite and so quick and easy to make. Sourdough bread is a favorite as well and I am using my mothers starter.

  • Reply Jeanette May 1, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Tomato soup is probably my all-time favorite soup. I have never try to make it myself but this looks simple enough and boy does it look good. I cannot wait to try it.

  • Reply Anya May 1, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This looks delicious! I can just imagine the taste of it from looking at the photos…I’m getting hungry now…think I’ll go see if I have any tomatoes in the kitchen!

  • Reply Tonya Wilhelm May 1, 2017 at 10:27 am

    5 stars
    What a sweet post. And another great soup! The spices you added to the soup sound amazing. I bet it has a great flavor. And I always like bread!

  • Reply Dipti May 1, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Tomato soup has been my favourite. It really goes well with most of the starters. Great recipe!

  • Reply Khushboo May 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    A simple and hearty soup perfect for the summers. I love the fact that you have used such fresh ingredients for the recipe. 🙂

  • Reply Christy Maurer May 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I need to try this one! I love tomato soup and bread! Usually with grilled cheese too lol. Tomatoes are so good for you!

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus May 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I find comfort in a small bit of order too and your right though others might not notice the little things that we do what matters is how it makes us feel. This roasted tomato soup looks so good x

  • Reply Laura May 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I love tomato soup and I love sourdough bread, this is the perfect combination and my kids love it too! Especially if they are sick.

  • Reply Betty May 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    4 stars
    I loved this post – its really hard to remember and cherish all the little things are parents have done for us and what we would do for our kids. No-one keeps score but is nice for it to be acknowledged sometime.

  • Reply Lynne Harper May 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Tomato soup is my go to when I’m feeling under the weather I must try this out it looks delicious

  • Reply Jenny May 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Ooh this sounds delicious, I love making soup on the colder months.

  • Reply Rose Sahetapy May 1, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    4 stars
    Your pictures are awesome! This is a great version of the classic tomatoe soup especially with cumin seed as the ingredient.

  • Reply Nay May 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    This was such a beautiful post. I often wonder that about my children. I’ve just lost my mum and I did realise a lot of the things that she did for us. A lot of the small almost insignificant things , I haven’t fully appreciated until she passed away and I only wish I had the time again to tell her.

  • Reply Claudia Krusch May 1, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Tomato soup is one of my favorites. It would be so delicious on a day like today. It has been cold and raining all day here. I will have to give this recipe a try.

  • Reply Jaime Nicole May 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    There is something so soothing about tomato soup! And I just love sourdough bread, so I will have to give this a try!

  • Reply Jenn May 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I love tomato soup, but I haven’t made it at home for a few years. I think I will try your recipe soon.

  • Reply Diane Hoffmaster May 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Its the small gestures that we will always cherish. I know I remember all the homemade meals and little chocolate valentines gifts my mom gave me!

  • Reply Bonnie G May 1, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    Oh my gosh, that soup looks soo good. I love tomato soup and would love to try this recipe.

  • Reply Ricci May 1, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    I love a good tomato soup recipe and your looks and sounds delicious!! I need to try this some time!!

  • Reply Erin May 2, 2017 at 12:17 am

    5 stars
    Comfort food at its best! I love your recipe for tomato soup. I also enjoyed reading your blog post. We sometimes do silly things, but as we and our children age, those “silly” things are precious finds. I want to come up with a recipe for a dish that will make my kids remember me when I am old and gray. A dish that will remind them of me.

  • Reply David Elliott May 2, 2017 at 1:03 am

    Tomato soup is always a good comfort food. My daughter and I love making it with grilled cheese every now and then. She just always loves it.

  • Reply Dana Vento May 2, 2017 at 1:29 am

    This tomato soup is positively yummy! I haven’t made a soup in months, and I’ll need to whip up a batch when I get back home! Recipe does sound easy and delicious. Sounds like a cookbook I need to look into getting.

  • Reply Danik May 2, 2017 at 4:20 am

    3 stars
    OMG! This looks so yummy! I love sourdough and now want to try this.

  • Reply Stephanie Merry May 2, 2017 at 4:45 am

    You can’t beat a classic tomato soup – it’s one of my absolute favourites and real comfort food for me x

  • Reply Melanie May 2, 2017 at 9:13 am

    This looks yummy. Love tomato soup so will deffo be giving this a go 🙂 x

  • Reply Carol Cassara May 2, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Aren’t mothers the best! Mine has passed but she will always remain in my heart for as long as I live. This tomato soup is a great way to showcase beautiful tomatoes. I would love to prepare this for me and my husband.

  • Reply Kita Bryant May 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    This is a classic favorite. Some toasted cheese and tomato soup goes a long way.

  • Reply Liv May 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    That looks delish! I love how you offered the option to use coconut! Mmmm


  • Reply Debra May 2, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    You know, I’ve absolutely loved tomato soup since I was a kid. It was always my favorite. And of course anything with garlic in it is AMAZING! I will be adding this to my list soon!

  • Reply Meredith May 3, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Sometimes a little chaos is good. It makes you think in new ways, see things from different perspectives… although on the case of my desk I think ot just means I’m lazy…

  • Reply melissa major May 3, 2017 at 6:39 am

    This looks like a very nice tomato soup, I need to make this one day for sure

  • Reply Angela May 3, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Looks a yummy soup! I haven’t try this and it really looks delicious I can’t wait to try this

  • Reply Rachel May 3, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    I love love love tomato soup!! Your recipe looks fantastic. I’ll try this next week.

  • Reply Leigh May 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    5 stars
    Awwww what lovely memories and it is funny how food can evoke happy memories too. I find tomato soup so comforting.

  • Reply Becca May 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This recipe sounds delicious – Id definitely make this! Thanks for sharing! X

  • Reply Whitney Abigail May 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so comforting and delicious. Only now I’m an adult do I realise the little things that my mum did for me as a kid. It’s nice thanking her retrospectively haha

  • Reply Rachel May 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    This looks so delicious! I absolutely love Tomato soup, I’ll have to give this a go! xo

  • Reply Francesca May 5, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Oh god how incredible does this look!! This is no ordinary soup!!

  • Reply Helen May 5, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Aah such a lovely post – one that has brought a lump to my throat after an emotional week. I often think whether our children should really know the sacrifices we make as parents – I would hate for them to ever feel guilty as it is all done with love.

  • Reply Kristina Maggiora May 6, 2017 at 2:58 am

    I adore tomato soup, it’s by far my favourite 🙂 Love the images as well x

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