I found this recipe on a blog called Dishing the Divine, and the specific post can be found here. She does a great job with explaining the recipe through her great photos. I used roma tomatoes – Initially, I was a little sceptical of how it would turn out with the romas, but besides needing to cook them a little longer, they worked very well! The day I went to the store for the ingredients, the basil was looking pretty sad. So, instead of leaving it out of the recipe, I used Gourmet Garden’s Basil. It comes pressed in a tube and looks like this. It worked well.
roasted tomato soup
- 2.5 pounds fresh tomatoes
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 small yellow onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste (see note)
- 3/4 cup heavy cream, optional
- cooked, sliced bacon to top (optional)
Preheat oven to 450F.
Wash, core, and cut the tomatoes into halves. Spread the tomatoes, garlic cloves, and onions into a baking try. Drizzle with half a cup of olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes, or until caramelized. Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from oven and transfer to a large stock pot. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and the bay leaves. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until liquid has reduced by a third. ***Remove bay leaves. Add basil leaves to the pot. Using a blender, puree the soup until smooth. (I don’t have a submersion blender, so I just blended it in batches in my blender.)
This is where the recipe calls for adding cream, if desired. I did not – the consistency was already perfect and I didn’t want to mess with it. You can also add extra chicken stock if it’s too thick for your liking. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add brown sugar to taste (another step that I ignored). Garnish with a splash of cream and diced cooked bacon, if desired. The crispy bacon was a wonderful touch!