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Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone

Stop the presses. This is the most flavorful tomato soup on the planet – no lies! This isn’t your run-of-the-mill tomato soup; we’re talking about a flavor-packed Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone, made with slow-smoked tomatoes. Get ready to wow your tastebuds with this easy and remarkably good soup!

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Forget what you think you know about creamy tomato soup and try this one – it is bursting with flavor from the secret ingredient: smoked tomatoes. I’ve long said that smoked tomatoes are the best thing ever, and I’ve smoked them many, many times. I add smoked tomatoes to salads, sandwiches, charcuterie boards, and more. They’re just that good.

Smoking tomatoes is also super simple, and you can tuck them into the extra space on your smoker while smoking something else. I make them on my Traeger pellet smoker, but any smoker will work.

The best smoked tomatoes are smoked low and slow so that the smoky flavor permeates the tomatoes (they’re wet, so it’s hard for the smoke to get really in there) and so that they dry out a bit, concentrating the flavors.

Smoking the tomatoes is the hardest part of this recipe – once that’s done, this Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone comes together in a snap.

Smoked Tomato Soup in a white soup bowl.

What you’ll love about SMOKED TOMATO SAUCE WITH MASCARPONE


  • Rich Flavor: Smoking the tomatoes enhances their sweetness and imparts a subtle smoky flavor, making this dish unforgettable.
  • Creamy Texture: The mascarpone cheese provides a silky smooth texture and a bit of sweetness that contrasts beautifully with the robust smoky tomatoes.
  • Easy to Make: Despite its gourmet feel, this dish is easy to prepare, making it perfect for weeknight dinners or impressing guests at your next dinner party.

Ingredients

  • Roma Tomatoes: These tomatoes have a low moisture content, making them ideal for smoking. They can be easily found at your local grocery store.
  • Olive Oil: Used to sauté the shallots and coat the tomatoes before smoking.
  • Fresh Garlic: Adds a spicy, aromatic note.
  • Shallots: More subtle than onions, shallots add a slightly sweet, delicate flavor. If you can’t find shallots, a small red onion can serve as a substitute.
  • Fresh Thyme: Its earthy flavor pairs well with the smoky tomatoes. Use a pinch of dried thyme if fresh isn’t handy.
  • Chicken or Vegetable Stock: Either works fine; the choice depends on your personal preference or dietary needs.
  • Mascarpone: An Italian cheese that brings creaminess and a hint of tang. Cream cheese can be used as a replacement but the flavor won’t be as distinct.
  • Balsamic vinegar: Adds a touch of sweetness to balance it out.
  • Salt and pepper: To taste.
Labeled ingredients to make Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone.

What is Mascarpone?

Mascarpone is a creamy Italian cheese often used in desserts like tiramisu. However, it’s versatile and can be used in savory dishes too, like this soup, where it adds a smooth, creamy element.

How to Make Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone

  1. Cut the tops off the tomatoes and slice them in half lengthwise.
  2. Toss the tomatoes in olive oil and garlic and smoke them at 180F for about an hour.
  3. Turn the heat to 250 F and smoke for an additional hour or until very soft and a bit shrunk.
  4. Saute the shallots in olive oil until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, broth, and herbs, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth – remember to remove thyme stems first.
  7. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and add the balsamic vinegar. Heat it until barely simmering, then turn off the heat.
  8. Whisk in the mascarpone and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with a drizzle made from mascarpone mixed with milk or cream.
  10. Enjoy!
Smoked tomatoes on a white platter.
Smoked tomatoes.

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • San Marzano tomatoes also smoke nicely, but avoid beefsteak or salad tomatoes because they have higher water content.
  • You can use cream cheese instead of mascarpone for a similar flavor and texture, but nothing beats the richness of mascarpone.
  • Be careful when pureeing the soup – super hot liquids can burst out of the blender. Use an immersion blender if you’re more comfortable with that.
  • This is a low-carb tomato soup so feel free to splurge on carbs at another meal.

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Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze this soup – it may be a bit thinner when you thaw and reheat it, but you can just reduce it on the stove for a few minutes to thicken it back up.

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Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone

Nothing short of amazing, this soup is all about smoky tomatoes. Smoke the tomatoes and turn them into a silky smooth, creamy, and absolutely amazing soup!
Course Soup, Soups & Stews
Cuisine American
Keyword asparagus with mascarpone, grilled bread with tomatoes, smoked tomato soup with mascarpone, smoked tomatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 159kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Ingredients

  • 10 roma tomatoes about 2 pounds
  • 1/4 cup olive oil divided
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 shallot finely diced; about 1/2 cup diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the tops off the tomatoes and slice them in half lengthwise.
  • Toss the tomatoes in olive oil and garlic and smoke them at 180F for about an hour.
  • Turn the heat to 250 F and smoke for an additional hour or until very soft and a bit shrunk.
  • Saute the shallots in olive oil until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, broth, and herbs, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth – remember to remove thyme stems first.
  • Return pureed soup to the saucepan and add the balsamic vinegar. Heat it until barely simmering, then turn off the heat.
  • Whisk in the mascarpone and season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with a drizzle made from extra mascarpone mixed with milk or cream.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

    • San Marzano tomatoes also smoke nicely, but avoid beefsteak or salad tomatoes because they have higher water content.
    • You can use cream cheese instead of mascarpone for a similar flavor and texture, but nothing beats the richness of mascarpone.
    • Be careful when pureeing the soup – super hot liquids can burst out of the blender. Use an immersion blender if you’re more comfortable with that.
    • Tomato soup needs a fair bit of salt so season to taste.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cups | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 309mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1027IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

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7 thoughts on “Smoked Tomato Soup with Mascarpone”

  1. 5 stars
    This soup turned out so good! It had the perfect touch of smoky flavor, and the mascarpone added a nice decadence. Absolutely delicious.

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  2. 5 stars
    This is the most delicious tomato soup that I’ve ever made! The mascarpone really elevates the creaminess this recipe has, plus I love how easy it is to make. I will definitely be making this again!

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  3. 5 stars
    The smokiness of the soup with the creamy mascarpone is the perfect balance of flavors. We enjoyed this with some homemade breadsticks and it was the perfect light meal. As the garden tomatoes ripen, I’ll be coming back to this recipe!

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  4. 5 stars
    This soup was such a delicious summer treat!! The smokiness in the soup was a fun surprise for my guests and everyone loved it – 10/10 recommend!!!

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