Guest Post: Tomato Soup for the Soul

It is undoubtedly one of the toughest things in life when a loved one passes away. I know all of our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with Mara and her family as they mourn the loss of her father. Because thoughts, prayers and hugs (even virtual ones) are the little things that get us by as we find some semblance of normalcy continuing on in our lives just a bit emptier, a little less whole and a lot more in need of love. The beauty of life, however, is that we do endure. We have the ability to take the good memories of our loved ones and store them in special lockboxes in the deepest caverns of our brain to never ever be forgotten. Then, as hard as it can be sometimes, we get to share, laugh and be thankful for the memories and time we did get to spend with them before they descended into the blissful unknown. You see, we've all been there, and if we've been so lucky as to not experience the death of someone near and dear yet, it will happen. And when it does, soup helps. A lot.
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Roasted Red Pepper Marinara Soup with Italian Dunker Croutons 2 cups prepared Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, roughly chopped 2 cups vegetable broth2 slices of thick, good bread, chopped into 1-inch cubes 1 T olive oil 1 t garlic powder salt + pepper, to taste 1/2 cup shredded mozzarelladried or fresh basil, for garnish Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a blender or food processor, puree the marinara sauce and roasted red peppers until smooth. Then, in a cooking pan over low heat, cook the marinara red pepper mixture with the vegetable broth until it comes to a low boil. While the soup heats up, drizzle your bread cubes with olive oil and toss with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place on a sheetpan and cook in the oven for several minutes until lightly browned. Take the croutons out of the oven and turn it to a low broil. Rearrange the croutons on the sheetpan so they are placed close together in one layer. Take your cheese and sprinkle over the croutons. Place under the broiler for 2 to 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Once your soup comes to a low boil, pour into bowls and top with croutons Garnish with basil, if desired. Makes 2 large servings or 4 small, appetizer servings
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While nothing in the world has the ability to bring back loved ones, there's something about curling up in a fleece blanket on the couch with soup, a warm mug of tea and a good book that can work wonders for the soul. Slurp. Read. And endure. With love, Holly (Your Neighborhood Everythingtarian)
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10 Responses to Guest Post: Tomato Soup for the Soul

  1. Roz says:

    Hi Holly, I love your connection between conforting someone is tough times and soup!!! My thoughts are with Mara and her family, and my thanks to you for this delicious looking recipe!!! All the best.
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  2. Roz says:

    Good grief….how many typos could I have had in one little comment??? “comforting” and IN tough times…oops!!!
    Roz´s last blog post ..A brief blast of winter and baking

  3. the healing qualities of soup are so true… this one really looks perfect, warm, and homey. thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. love this!!!
    Salah (My Healthiest LIfestyle)´s last blog post ..Arnie and Me

  5. Wow, with all of the snow that got dumped on me today, this looks like the perfect meal! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  6. Monica says:

    This sounds heavenly and looks amazing!
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  7. Holly, this was such a sweet post. I loved it. The soup looks so comforting and delicious.
    Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat)´s last blog post ..Chicken Pot Pie Casserole!

  8. sofia says:

    what a lovely post. finding comfort in whole, warming foods such as this soup is a perfect way to help oneself heal. to mara: i don’t read your blog regularly (until now!) but i am extremely sorry for your loss. and to holly: a lovely post to read – thank you!
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  9. Maya says:

    Beautiful photo, Holly!

  10. Rhonda says:

    I like the simple ingredient list. I agree that soup is a comfort, it heals in so many ways…maybe it’s all the love that’s put into it when it’s prepared?
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