Toast and soup to warm the bones today! New England weather is not letting up this year, so in an effort to keep our spirits bright we focus on good comfort food.
Today, we’re enjoying a spin off the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combination we enjoyed during snow days as kids. Our grown up version looks a little something like this…
Pesto Roasted Tomato Toast
For homemade ricotta cheese:
- 8 cups whole milk
- 2 cups reduced-fat buttermilk
For the toast:
- 1 slice bread, toasted
- 2 Tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen Basil Pesto
- 2 small tomatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1 Tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Baby fresh basil leaves, for garnish
- For the ricotta cheese, stack 4 large squares of cheesecloth in a colander, leaving overhang.
- Combine milk and buttermilk in a heavy, large pot. Place pot over high heat. Stir almost constantly as mixture heats and curd begins to form.
- When temperature registers 175-180ºF, curds will separate from the whey and float to the top. Turn off heat.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer the curds to the prepared colander. Gather cheesecloth and press gently. Do not remove too much liquid or the ricotta will be dry. Let rest in colander 15 minutes.
- Transfer ricotta to a storage container. Sprinkle with a little salt and stir. Cover and chill about 2 hours. Can be made a day ahead, keep chilled.
- Combine Basil Pesto and ricotta cheese.
- Place tomato slices on a rimmed baking sheet, do not over crowd. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Cook under the broiler until slightly charred. Turn slices over and continue to broil until slightly charred on other side.
- Toast pine nuts in a 400 degree oven for 4-6 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown.
- Spread ricotta and pesto mixture over toast. Top with roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, freshly grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves.
With our Pesto Roasted Tomato Toast – some Charred Tomato and Fresh Herb Soup! The recipe calls for grilled tomatoes, but we roast our tomatoes during the winter months. Just roast until the skin begins to blister.