Soup season is starting and this roasted tomato soup with mozzarella toast dippers and hearty salad is the perfect way to welcome it!

roasted tomato soup

I’ve been a full blown medical student for exactly 24 hours now, and my caffeine intake has already reached an all-month-high!!

That’s not sayingΒ too much because, let’s face it, I’m pretty generous with my coffee intake as it is…but maybe it’s also saying a lot because for me to have topped myself in one day….sheesh. Someone needs to restrain me.

Or develop a caffeine patch for those of us who can’t be trusted around liquid stimulants. (I’m just saying, it could be lucrative.)


I’ve also quickly realized that lunch from now on is going to have to be very grab and go. No more luxuriating over tupperwares of steaming hot food…it’s going to be more like quickly shoving whatever lukewarm thing I can findΒ into my mouth during the ten minutes in-between seeing our last patient and afternoon rounds so that maybe, just maybe I’ll have time to use the bathroom before then.

TMI? Maybe.

Real life? YES.


How grateful am I that Eat Smart Salads has pretty much stocked my fridge full of shake and eat salads so that I am set for the next few weeks while I figure out some sort of coping mechanism? VERY.

These are a godsend for those of us who want to eat healthy during the day but don’t necessarily have the time or means to do so on our own. I’d previously tried (and loved!) their Super Food Gourmet Vegetable Salad Kits, which blend six or more superfoods to combine everything you need for a delicious salad, but I am even more impressed with their new line of Plant Powered Protein Salads! Each of these salads includes at least 11 grams of protein that comes from awesome plant-based sources, such as corn, edamame, chia seeds, and sunflower seeds, allowing you to stay fuller longer.

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve loved all the salads I tried so far, but my absolute favorite has been the BBQ Ranch. Built on a backbone of kale, cabbage, and shredded cauliflower, it is filled with nutrients, while a smoky savory BBQ Ranch dressing and extra crunch from freeze-dried corn, soy nuts, almonds, and chia seeds keeps you coming back for bite after bite.

salad collage

This weekend I took it upon myself to “share” my salads with the.boy so that we could both get their nutritional benefits and I paired it with this fabulous roasted tomato soup. In it tomatoes, onions, and garlic become caramelized and extra rich in flavor after a stint in the oven and are then blended together with the remaining ingredients to make a soup that is simultaneously fresh and creamy. Then, because I can’t leave well enough alone, I also made mozzarella toasts for dipping.

It’s not often you can say that you crunched, slurped, AND salad-ed all in one meal…but it does feel pretty good whenΒ you can make it happen.

Roasted Tomato Soup
Soup season is starting and this roasted tomato soup with mozzarella toast dippers and hearty salad is the perfect way to welcome it!
Yield: 4 servings
  • 2 lb ripe tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 slices thick, crusty bread
  • 4 slices mozzarella
  • oregano or basil, to garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350F.
  2. Cut the tomatoes and onions into wedges. Scoop out some of the big pockets of tomato seeds and pulp. Spread tomatoes and onions on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Tuck the garlic cloves into the nook of a tomato. Roast until tomatoes have started to break down and have reduced in size, about 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. In a blender, combine the roasted tomatoes, onions, and garlic with the vegetable broth, tomato paste, and heavy cream. Puree for five minutes on high or until hot.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler on high. Top each bread slice with mozzarella and broil for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and starting to brown. Garnish with the herbs and serve warm.
Barely adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl



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55 Responses to Roasted Tomato Soup

  1. Beth says:

    I can’t imagine your life is actually going to get busier. Congratulations on your new role as medical student! Whatever quick lunch ideas you come up with, I’ll be very interested in trying them myself.

  2. You’re amazing! I can’t imagine blogging and going to medical school at the same time. But I have a nephew who’s married to a woman who’s a pediatrician, and she had twins during medical school and still made it through! Not planned of course, but somehow she did it!

    The soup sounds great!

  3. Congrats!! This soup looks delicious – I love roasting veggies to add that depth of flavor and touch of sweetness.

  4. Sues says:

    Those salads look awesome and perfect for my busy work day!! Also, that soup. I want to cuddle up on the couch with it ASAP!

  5. Meg says:

    Quick lunches are definitely a thing for me these days, too, though your schedule is WAY more intense than mine! And yum, this soup looks fabulous for a dreary day.

  6. I really wonder where you got time to blog!! You are amazing. The soup looks fresh, flavourful and very tasty.

  7. Ah rushed lunches can be so tough! But looks like coming home to a big bowl of this soup could make up for anything:-)

  8. This looks fabulous! I’m just getting sick again and this is giving me comfort soup cravings πŸ™‚

  9. Simple is best when it comes to tomato soup. I will definitely be trying this with coconut milk as the cream. YUM!!!!!!

  10. I just love tomato soup… usually paired with a gooey grilled cheese that I can dunk into it. This looks fabulous!

  11. You’re super woman! Blogging and going to medical school. I can barely work my retail job and stay on track. However, i’m glad you are keeping up this space because this roasted tomato soup sounds amazing on these cold nights we are having in Seattle.

  12. Christina says:

    Today the temps are at a fall level… I think this soup and salad combo is a must πŸ™‚

  13. Lynn says:

    It’s raining here all week – that soup would go down so nicely right now.

  14. Kate says:

    Sounds like you have quite the adventure ahead of you!

  15. Heather says:

    Seriously inspiring that you find time for all that you do, and do it well.

  16. Pam says:

    How funny! I am making roasted tomato soup tonight… yours looks AMAZING!


  17. Claudia says:

    It’s so nice to have cooler Fall weather, and this is a great soup to celebrate. I like that there’s no peeling and de-seeding of the tomatoes, just tasty roasting.

  18. As I type this I am freezing cold and would love nothing more than a huge bowl of this soup! Also, those take-along salads look pretty slick!

  19. Jennifer Almarine says:

    This looks so good!

    Hopefully, you’ll be sharing your favorite grab-n-go recipes and tips with the rest of us, yes? πŸ™‚

  20. eileen says:

    SOups looks AWESOME.
    Any suggestions if you do not want to use the cream. I am watching my calories


  21. Medical school? Holy moly, you are a busy gal! Luckily this soup is drinkable πŸ™‚ It looks delicious!

  22. debbie says:

    What a full schedule! I don’t know how you do it….cooking and blogging alone is time consuming but add being a medical student…wow! I love those salads. I need to find them and bring them to work with me……the tomato soup, now that looks delicious!

  23. Roasted tomato soup is one of my favourites πŸ™‚

  24. I do so love real tomato soup and all the better when it is roasted – definitely going to be making this tomato season – good luck with studies and congrats:-)

  25. Rushed lunches are no fun! But what an exciting adventure! This soup looks so yummy and I can’t wait to try it!

  26. This roasted tomato soup is the best way to start the soup season. And mozzarella toast dipper sounds super YUM!

  27. This soup sounds delicious! We’ve had nonstop rain for about the past week here in North Carolina, so this would be perfect.

    I hear you about the caffeine patch, too. Can someone get on that?

  28. How did you know this is my favorite soup flavor of all time. Pass me a giant bowl!

  29. It doesn’t feel like soup season here in Vegas, but I am excited to get home and start making soup – roasted tomato is one of my favourites.

  30. You know this girl loves the heat. But you know what else I love? The Fall and soup! And it’s cloudy today, so yay…soup season is on! Love this one.

  31. I’m so psyched you posted this. It looks amazing and seems like just the freshness I need that I can also prep in advance! Love it!

  32. I hate those days when I book myself such that lunch is squeezed in 10 minutes. It’s never fun, but you show it can at least be delicious!

  33. OMG.. congrats on medical school. so exciting! I’m so lazy about my blog and I just work.. I can’t imagine how you are going to make time for the blog now.. I’m sure lots of quick recipes will be coming. πŸ™‚
    Soup looks incredible.. need this on rainy days especially!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Congrats again!

  34. You’re a medical student??!!! Now I’m even more in awe of you!
    I love tomato soup, and roasted is just the best. Add in those mozzarella toasts and I’m pretty much in heaven πŸ˜‰

  35. Tina says:

    I’ve sad it before, you are superwoman! I don’t know how you find the time. I think I could lose weight just following you around for a week. Exhausting.

    Thanks for posting that soup recipe and sharing the salad info. I am on board with all of it, great foodstuff!

  36. easypeasy says:

    This looks absolutely perfect for soup season! πŸ™‚

  37. I love roasted tomato soup ridiculously good. I can only handle 1 liquid stimulant a day!. I haven’t been getting your feed for some reason. I’ve missed you

  38. grace says:

    this looks like a job for my immersion blender, which i love to use! very tasty and seasonally appropriate soup, joanne. πŸ™‚

  39. Susan says:

    It went from 70s to 50s in a blink and I’m so ready for some comforting soup! This looks delicious and mozzarella dippers – oh yeah!

  40. This soup looks delicious! Roasted tomatoes are so flavourful! Love the idea of those mozzarella dippers! πŸ˜€

  41. I have been eating a soup and salad combo for the past few days, and it is seriously my favorite! Although my salad is seriously lacking.. just spinach and dressing. I must try this salad brand sometime!

  42. Mira says:

    Wow, you are going to get even busier! This soup sounds delicious! Pinned!

  43. Christine says:

    This soup looks delicious! Can’t imagine how you balance all you do. You’re amazing!

  44. A caffeine patch?? Sign me up. Also, I will take a big bowl of this soup πŸ™‚

  45. Katerina says:

    Two thumbs up for soup period!

  46. Johanna GGG says:

    Those salads look excellent and exactly what you want if you can’t make something healthy yourself – good luck with the medical student life – sounds challenging but if worse comes to worse you can probably help a lot of patients’s heath by just giving them some of your amazing cooking πŸ™‚

  47. Congrats, Joanne!!!! So thrilled for you!!!! and damn, this soup is gorgeous! also, love the Eat Smart Salads!!

  48. This soup sounds fantastic Joanne! I’m sure it pairs wonderfully with those yummy salads!

  49. Hotly Spiced says:

    Those salads sound very convenient and perfect for people working long hours and rushing from one patient to another. And I do love a roasted tomato soup. You sound incredibly busy, Joanne but I’m sure it’s wonderful to be working with patients xx

  50. Marissa says:

    I’m so excited for you Joanne! A new chapter…and this soup looks like autumn in a bowl.

  51. Eva R. says:

    This looks amazing, Joanne! Until soup season hits down here in Florida, I will definitely be living vicariously through you! P.s. I fully support your caffeine kick. Enabler? Maybe, but whatever. Worth it.

  52. Kelly says:

    Congrats, girl! So happy for you! πŸ™‚ I love the color of this gorgeous soup! It sounds perfect with those salads!

  53. Chris says:

    Hey, congratulations! Hard to believe you are finally there after all of that hard work, great job!

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