Growing up, there were very few foods everyone in our family unanimously agreed to love. (Bless my mom.) Besides loving ice-cream, the only time everyone in the Meek family came around the table and got excited about dinner was when a pot of soup took center stage. Chili, taco soup, potato soup, tomato soup, you name it — everyone was happy and full after soup nights. Our family bonds over filling up big bowls and crushing crackers, sprinkling cheese, dipping grilled cheeses and scooping tortilla chips until every bite is gone — then filling up our bowls again.
One of my moms go-to’s when the fridge felt empty and she didn’t have time to make a big dinner was to heat cans of tomato soup and start buttering bread for grilled cheeses. One of the most comforting meals and one that was bound to please. I think she learned from the best. She told me this was exactly what Louise used to do when she didn’t have time to fix a big lunch on Sundays after church. My parents would go over to my grandmother’s house for lunch and she would fix tomato soup and grilled cheeses for everyone to eat.
The simple and comforting power of soup and the way it can satisfy so many stomachs — especially of the people I love most is one of the reasons I most love fall. Not to mention I love throwing everything delicious in a pot and using crusty bread as a utensil for eating — that is my kind of meal. So, in celebration of fall and eating one of the most comforting foods of all, I give you Roasted Tomato Soup — it’s quite a step up from the soup you’ll pour out of a can and surprisingly not much harder. Buy the best tomatoes you can find, roast them up, call some people you love and tell them soup and grilled cheeses are on the menu. I promise it will be delicious in more ways than one.