Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Father's Day Wish

Happy Father's Day to all you dads out there. You are in our hearts more than you know. Some of us will be celebrating with our fathers with a dinner, or cake or just a visit. For those of us who have lost our fathers...well, we think of you year round .... but today - we miss you very much.

What better dish to highlight now than one from Gwyneth Paltrow's book My Father's Daughter.

Slow-Roasted Tomato Soup
from My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or more, as desired)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 fresh, large basil leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with juices
16 pieces slow roasted tomatoes (8 whole tomatoes), roughly chopped
Sea salt and ground black pepper


Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft – be careful not to burn. I actually let my garlic bur because I thought I would look away for just a moment and yeah…next thing you know I am tossing out burnt garlic and slicing more cloves.

Anyway, add the basil leaves, tomatoes and juice, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer it uncovered for 40 minutes.

If you are making version #1 of Gwyneth’s recipe then you ought to break some of the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. (I made version #2…more on that in a minute) Add the slow-roasted tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.

Now, on to version two which is to say, do all the steps above but add milk.
Tip into food processor and blend.

You may need to heat it up a bit more. I happened to have made a loaf of buttery white bread that morning so what a perfect companion to this soup.

Linking this to Kahakai Kitchen and Souper Sunday event


Absolutely loving this book.

Happy Father's Day. I miss you Dad.


Katerina said...

It is a day that either we cherish the memory of our fathers or their presence still in our lives. In any case this warm soup is the perfect meal!

Pierce said...

Thank you Katerina!

~~louise~~ said...

Your words are so trye, Tina. You've chosen the perfect book and the best ever recipe to convey "our" sentiments. Thanks for that!

I figured out why I had a problem leaving a comment before. The "posted by" words were covering up the comment section. I wiggled through this time:)

Thanks for sharing...

The letter S is taken. So, I put you down for the letter H. Can't wait to see what you tote, lol...

Debra Eliot said...

A really touching tribute to fathers. I have heard really good things about Gwyneth's book and if this soup is any indication of what is in it, I must have it! :) (Great, just what I need, another cookbook!)

Pierce said...

Thank you Louise, I have the letter H. Plans in the works.

Debra, thanks so much. I am enjoying the stories in this book as much as the recipes.

Deb in Hawaii said...

I have the cookbook but have yet to actually cook from it. ;-) The soup looks delicious--I love slow roasted tomatoes--so much flavor.

Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week!

Pierce said...

Deb, I think you are going to love this book. Lots of easy and healthy recipes in it. I cook from it alot.

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