Recipe by Derf
So delicious made from freshly harvested, vine ripened tomatoes; the taste cannot be matched. Bery much worth the time and effort! From Canadian Living magazine.
Top Review by Sackville
The taste of this was marvellous, even if the soup was a little thin. I wonder if this was because of some confusion on how many tomatoes to use. I had about 20 plum tomatoes, but there is no way they weighed four pounds -- more like 1-1/2 pounds. Next time I would add a few more tomatoes or simmer a little longer just to make it a touch thicker.
- 20 plum tomatoes, fresh vine ripened, newly harvested (about 4 lbs)
- 1⁄3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, smashed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 fennel bulb
- 1 onion, chopped
- 4 cups vegetable stock or 4 cups chicken stock
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Directions See How It's Made
- Core tomatoes and cut in half lengthwise; arrange, cut side up, on foil lined rimmed baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the oil, garlic and half each of the salt and pepper; brush over tomatoes.
- Bake in 350°F oven until softened and shriveled and bottoms are browned, about 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, trim fronds from fennel bulb and reserve; cut off stalks and discard.
- Cut fennel in half lengthwise.
- Trim out and discard core; cut fennel into 1/2 inch cubes.
- In large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil over medium heat; cook fennel, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 8 minutes.
- Add 1 1/2 cups water; reduce heat, cover and simmer until very tender, about 20 minutes.
- Pour into bowl.
- Add 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil into pan; cook onion over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes and stock; bring to boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Transfer tomato mixture to blender or food processor; puree until smooth.
- Return to pan.
- Stir in cooked fennel, basil and remaining salt and pepper.
- (Make ahead: let cool and refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.) Heat until steaming, about 5 minutes.
- In bowl, whisk vinegar with remaining oil.
- Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with drizzle of vinegar mixture.
- Arrange reserved fronds over top.