I had a dream that I directed a documentary about La Croix. I honestly have no idea what prompted this insane dream. Yes, I love that sparkling water but for it to appear in my dreams as my next creative venture is a bit weird. But maybe they have an exciting backstory—who knows!
Anyway, I know that everyone is screaming FALL at the top of their lungs (especially Michael’s Craft Store. I mean they had autumnal wreathes in July). And yes, maybe I caved and ordered a slice of pumpkin loaf at Starbucks like two days ago, however, I am a huge advocate for stretching each season until the last very bit.
Tomatoes are pretty much at their best toward the end of summer. They are juicy and delicious AND the best part is that it’s not super hot in Los Angeles right now so a bowl of soup isn’t totally out of the realm of possibility.
While this soup does take a bit of time due to the tomatoes roasting, it’s super hands-off. The tomatoes roast in the oven with the hatch chiles. And then it’s just blended all up with a bit of cooked onion and garlic. One more trip to a pot to simmer and that’s it.
I paired this with a grilled cheese because I am smart. And it was delicious.
Even though I am still living in (mostly) the present and enjoying summer foods, I am fully prepared for fall. I have a gazillion ideas for fall foods written in a nice note on Evernote that I’m hoping the Russians will not try and hack BECAUSE THEY’RE A SECRET.
For now, anyway.
- 3 1/2 pounds roma tomatoes, halved
- 2 hatch chiles, halved, ends trimmed with seeds removed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1/4 yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 roasted hatch chile, diced
- 4 slices of bread
- 1 cup of shredded cheese, of choice (I used a blend)
- 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. To a baking sheet, add the halved roma tomatoes and halved hatch chiles. Sprinkle the tomatoes and chiles with salt and drizzle the tomatoes with one tablespoon for olive oil. Transfer to the oven to roast for about 1 hour, until they’re super juicy and a little shriveled up. Let them cool slightly on your kitchen counter.
- To a small sauté pan, set over medium heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil. When warm, add the chopped onion and garlic cloves. Cook until softened about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender.
- Using a pair of tongs, add the roasted tomato and one of the hatch chiles (we’re gonna use the other hatch chile for the grilled cheese). You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Pulse until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour the soup into medium pot, set over medium-low heat. Add about 1/4 cup of water to the blender (you can eyeball this) and swish it around to get all the leftover soup off the sides of the blender. And pour that water/soup mixture to the pot.
- Bring to a gentle simmer for about 20 minutes, just so all of the flavors merry together. Give it a taste and add salt to taste. I added about 2 teaspoons.
- Meanwhile, make the grilled cheese. I think grilled cheeses are a bit personal. But I like to smear softened butter on the outside slices of the grilled cheese. I add about 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to each grilled cheese and a handful of the diced hatch chiles. I add the grilled cheese to a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. And then cover it with a lid. I cook the grilled cheese for about 3 minutes per side. And that’s it!
- Serve with soup.