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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13 Responses to “Homemade Green Bean Casserole”

  1. #
    Cathy B. @ Brightbakes — December 7, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    wow..great to see a green bean casserole with ingredients that are actually found in nature! 🙂 thank you!
    cathy b.

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    Carolyn — December 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I think this homemade version has to beat the pants off the one with canned mushroom soup. I mean, with portobellos and shitakes? Yes please!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve only tried the “classic” green bean casserole for the first time like a month ago and I’m definitely recreating it this weekend – cream of mushroom and all! Yours, however, looks gourmet and unprocessed!

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    Sinful Sundays — December 7, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    i’ve never had Green Bean casserole and want to try it so badly! I may just make the processed version to see how it tastes. Yours looks way more fabulous than I could probably ever get mine to be!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 7, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Yummmmm- well done in getting rid of the processed sections and going for the natural approach!!!! Looks delicious!

  6. #
    Melissa — December 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never had green bean casserole but this makes me want to try it! Yours looks really good.

  7. #
    stephchows — December 7, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    home made green bean casserole! I didn’t know it was possible! 🙂 Personally I’m in the hate category… but I’d be willing to try this version 🙂

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    Shannon — December 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    definitely looks better than the “traditional” version!!

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    Shannon — December 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Oooh, I am so excited about this! A friend requested green bean casserole for a small holiday party that I’m hosting, but I really, really didn’t want to make the regular version of it. This is perfect!

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    sabjimata — December 8, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    everything’s better homemade!

  11. #
    Lulu — December 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    This sounds like a very useful veggie side dish come the post-Xmas dinners. I did notice recently that oriental shops also sell roasted shredded crispy onions, if you find yourself very short of time one day (they are not expensive).

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    Stella — November 17, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Definitely the best green casserole recipe! I’ve been making Alton s recipe for years.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

      Isn’t it great?!?

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