AP Studios / RECIPE: Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup With Cougar Gold Cheese Crostini


With the temperature dropping, it’s the perfect time of year for steaming hot tomato soup.  This recipe, taken from our newly released cookbook The Crimson Spoon: Plating Regional Cuisine on the Palouse, combines the creamy, tart flavor of fire-roasted tomatoes with fresh basil and thyme – so good you’ll forget it’s good for you.

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Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup with Cougar Gold Cheese Crostini

{Makes 4 cups, serves 4}

2 Tablespoons olive oil

3/4 Cup finely diced onions

1/2 Cup finely diced celery

1/2 Cup finely diced carrots

2 Tablespoons finely chopped garlic

2 Tablespoons flour

3 Cups unsalted or low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock or broth

1 Can (14.5 oz) diced fire-roasted tomatoes

1/4 Cup tomato paste

2 Teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil

2 Teaspoons finely chopped fresh thyme

Kosher salt

Fresh ground black pepper

Thinly sliced (chiffonade) fresh basil

Cook onions, celery, and carrots in olive oil in a stockpot until translucent.  Add garlic and cook until translucent.  Stir in flour and cook, stirring until a pale brown color, about 2-3 minutes.  Gradually stir in stock, bring to boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Stir in tomatoes and tomato paste; simmer 20 minutes.  Puree soup in a food processor or with a hand immersion blender until smooth.  Stir in basil and thyme; season with salt and pepper.  Garnish soup with basil.


Cougar Gold Cheese Crostini

{Makes 8 crostini}

8 Baguette slices

2-3 Tablespoons olive oil

8 Slices Cougar Gold Cheese, or artisan-style sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat broiler.  Brush baguette slices on one side with olive oil; broil until golden brown.  Top with cheese; broil until cheese is melted and lightly browned.


About the photographer: EJ Armstrong is the chief art and cookie addict at the Black Building. She has thirty years of experience in the visual world, making her the lead nagger, design junky and advice columnist. You can find her on Instagram @avisualist or see more of her photography here.


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