Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas

Have you guys been to my Facebook page recently? I started posting notes over there about random events and things going on. A couple days ago, I wrote about the Muir Glen tomato tasting and cooking class I attended. They gave everyone in attendance a 2011 Muir Glen Organic Reserve Gift Basket to try their tomatoes at home.

Since the weather has been all over the place, I decided to make some soup the other day when it was downright chilly out. I’m not really a tomato soup fan. Growing up, my younger sister LOVED tomato soup. My mom would heat up a can of the condensed stuff and she would dig right in. I would always be forcing it down my throat but I hated every second of it. I was traumatized and I swore I’d never try tomato soup again.

But I’m glad I did! This soup had a great smokey flavor from the fire roasted tomatoes, roasted red peppers and smoked paprika. It also had a subtle heat that came through at the end thanks to the green chilis. The roasted chickpeas and almonds on top gave a nice textural contrast to the soup.

I used three of my cans of Muir Glen tomatoes. Muir Glen only sells their reserve tomatoes for a limited time and you can only get them online ($10 for the gift basket). When I mentioned that I planned to give away my gift basket, they offered to give me an extra gift basket so I could try the tomatoes myself and one of you could too!

The 2011 Muir Glen Organic Reserve Gift Basket includes:

  • One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • One 14.5 oz can Reserve Harvest Sunset Organic Diced Tomatoes
  • One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
  • One 14.5 oz can Muir Glen Organic No-Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
  • A recipe booklet featuring a variety of recipes created by award-winning chefs from around the country made with the 2011 Reserve Tomatoes

Giveaway rules Giveaway closed:

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  • Enter by midnight (EST) on Thursday, November 10th
  • Enter below by answering this question: What foods did you dislike growing up but have learned to love (or at least enjoy) as an adult?
  • For an additional entry, Tweet the following about the giveaway: “I want to win some Muir Glen 2011 Reserve Tomatoes from @beantownbaker Enter at” then come back here leaving another comment saying that you tweeted

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Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Roasted Chickpeas

Yield: Serves 4


For the soup:
1 roasted red bell pepper
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
1 14.5 oz can fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin

For the roasted chickpeas and almonds:
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup sliced almonds
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil


To make the soup:
On the stove top, heat olive oil and the minced garlic. Cook for a minute or two and add the tomatoes and cream. Stir, then add salt, cumin, and the paprika. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Next, add the roasted red pepper to the soup and then puree with an immersion blender (or food processor/blender).

To make the roasted chickpeas and almonds:
While the soup is simmering, combine the chickpeas, almonds, garlic, and spices on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Toss with your hands to distribute spices. Drizzle with olive oil and stir until well coated. Roast at 450 F degrees for about 10 minutes, stirring once.

To serve
Ladle the soup into serving bowls and top with the crispy chick pea and almond mixture.

Recipe adapted from Keep It Simple Foods, originally from Cooking Light

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16 Responses to “Caramelized Apple Grilled Cheese”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 11, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    This looks great! After apple picking last year, I was desperately searching for ways to use the apples in savory ways. Now one of my favorite recipes is a calzone filled with apples, proscuitto, brie and sage. SO good!

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    The Red Headed Mama — October 11, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    My husband used to laugh at me when I told him that as kids we would do apple pie filling and cheese in the hobo pie maker. It was fabulous…I’m going to show him this post to prove that I’m not crazy. We’re apple picking this weekend, so I’ll be sure to try this out!

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    Melissa — October 11, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I definitely need to think of some savory ways to use up all of the apples we pick every fall, and stop making sweets! This looks like a great recipe!

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    Heavenly Housewife — October 11, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    What a great apple treat. I’ve got loads of apples this years from my trees and am looking for yummy recipes to use them up. After all, a girl can only eat so much apple sauce LOL.
    *kisses* HH

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    Cupcake Activist — October 11, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I didn’t realize this was going to be a sweet sandwich. It looks so yummy! I once had a grilled cheese sandwich with thinly sliced apples in the middle and it was delicious!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I love what you did with your leftover apples! This looks incredible…love the apple and cheese combinations!

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    7 — October 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    This recipe looks really tasty! I tried a similar flavor combo, but it was apple, cheddar omelete. I needed as apple with more flavor- the one I used wasn’t tart enough!

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    nutmegnanny — October 12, 2010 at 2:40 am

    What a great way to use up apples…yum!

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    Val — October 12, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    This made my mouth water. I have to make this soon.

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    Boston Food Diary — October 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Looks delicious Jen! I love the combination of apples and gouda! After my apple picking adventures I am definitely seeking lots of good apple ideas as well!

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    Rachel Cannon Humiston — October 12, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    This looks like a great comfort food sandwich! I spent yesterday baking apple pies and snacking on cheese and crackers. I snuck in a few apple slices on my cheddar & crackers – yum!

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    Evan B — October 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Um YES please! ps. everyone in the office loved your brownie recipe- it has totally become my go-to 🙂

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    Jen — October 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I love making grilled cheese with a really great goat’s milk gouda–it’s our new favorite grilled cheese–but I think I’d die and go to heaven if I made it this way! thanks for sharing.

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    newlywed — October 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    This looks delicous! I love the combination of apples and cheese. It is great to see a savory apple recipe…I have lots too!

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    .dear.jenny. — November 25, 2010 at 1:48 am

    HUSH! oh my…looks amazing!!

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    Souffle Bombay (Colleen) — January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I HAVE to try this!!!

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