Sweet Basil Roasted Tomato Soup
photo by kiwidutch
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 2 1⁄2 lbs fresh tomatoes (mix of fresh heirlooms, cherry, vine and plum tomatoes)
- 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 2 small yellow onions, sliced
- on the vine cherry tomatoes (to garnish) (optional)
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- salt & freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
- 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 1⁄2 cup fresh basil leaf, chopped (optional)
- 3⁄4 cup half-and-half
- Preheat oven to 450º F.
- Wash, core and cut tomatoes into halves. Spread the tomatoes, garlic and onions onto a baking tray. If using vine cherry tomatoes for garnish, add them as well, leaving them whole and on the vine. Drizzle with 1/2 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes or until caramelized.
- Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven and transfer to a large stock pot (reserve vine cherry tomatoes for later). Add 3/4 of the chicken stock, bay leaves and butter. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.
- Wash and dry basil leaves. Add to pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Return soup to low heat, add half and half and adjust consistency with remaining chicken stock, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Garnish in bowl with 3 or 4 roasted vine cherry tomatoes and a splash of half and half.
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This is wonderful.. I roasted larger vine tomatoes and some cherry tomatoes and some extra onions and garlic the roasting gave them an extra wonderful flavour that I think would definiately be missing if you skipped this step. I reduced the EVOO as well becuause half a cup seemed an awful lot and to be honest adding only 2-3 tablespoons worked great on my tomatoes so I didn't miss the rest of the oil at all. I also used home made chicken stock, that contained no salt and decided to omit the half and half to make this even healthier. I loved this so much that a few days later I made it again, a double batch this time and put it in batches in the freezer for some super healthy and tasty work lunches. Please see my rating system: an excellent 5 stars for a recipe that ticks all the boxes for flavour, ease of making, and healthiness. Thanks!