Happy Halloween! Even though this roasted tomato soup isn’t a “treat” per se, the spider web topping is a definite crowd pleaser and this tasty recipe will give everyone a healthy start to the evening’s festivities. If you are reading this and Halloween is over, this is a fantastic soup and I’ve got some tips to make a creamy design that is fitting for any holiday!
This roasted tomato soup gets a flavor boost by caramelizing chopped tomatoes from a can in the oven. Yep! This extra little step really makes a difference in the taste. Carrots, celery, onions and garlic round out the flavors. So, it’s pretty healthy in my book. It’s an adaptation of Michael Chiarello’s recipe for homemade tomato soup. I cut back on the oil and butter and added the spider web topping.
In order to make this roasted tomato soup extra special, I added a spider web topping made of 3 parts sour cream and 1 part milk. Let your inner artist out and get creative. This little trick works any time of year and the decorative possibilities are endless…flowers, leaves, Christmas tree, letters, stars…and on and on and on.
To make the cream, stir together 3 Tablespoons of sour cream and 1 Tablespoon of milk (or vegan substitutes.)
Here’s a cheap and easy way to pipe out the mixture. Place a plastic bag inside a cup and fold down the outer edges (see picture above.) Scoop the mixture into the plastic bag and squeeze it into one corner. Snip off the tip of the bag and start piping. To make a spider web design, pipe three increasingly larger circles on top of the soup. Use a toothpick to “drag” the web out, starting with the inner circle and moving the toothpick to the outer circle. You can see the process in action in this Spiderweb Soup video by Better Homes and Garden.
It’s gorgeous and tasty simply topped with fresh basil too!