Wintertime Tomato Soup

"In 'How to Cook Everything Vegetarian' by Mark Bittman"
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • Put the dried tomatoes in a heatproof bowl and cover with 2 cups boiling water.
  • Drain the canned tomatoes and reserve the liquid; halve them and put in a shallow roasting pan; drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with the thyme.
  • Roast, turning once or twice, until the tomatoes are dried and lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
  • When the tomatoes are done, drain the dried tomatoes and pour their soaking liquid into the roasting pan.
  • Use a wooden spoon to scrape up all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, breaking up the roasted tomatoes at the same time.
  • Roughly chop the dried tomatoes and add them to the roasting pan.
  • Put the remaining olive oil in a deep skillet or medium saucepan over med-high heat.
  • When hot, add the garlic and cook just until it begins to color, a minute or so.
  • Add the carrot and onion and cook until they start to release their liquid, about 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then add the honey and stir until it melts, just a few seconds.
  • Add the reserved liquid from the canned tomatoes and continue stirring until the liquid dries out and darkens, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the stock, along with the contents of the roasting pan.
  • Turn the heat to high and bring the soup to a boil, then decrease heat so it bubbles gently.
  • Cover and cook until the vegetables are very tender, about 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with the parsley and serve.
  • *Wintertime Tomato and Rice Soup--add 1 cup short-grain rice, like Arborio, to the pan just after the reserved canned tomato liquid has cooked; increase the stock to 6 cups.
  • *Elegant Wintertime Tomato Soup--use an immersion blender to puree the finished soup in the pan; or cool the soup to room temperature, carefully puree in a blender, and return to the pan to reheat; stir in 1 cup heavy cream, sour cream, or any milk and heat gently.

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