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Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup


Ingredients

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  • 4 pounds plum tomatoes (halved and seeds removed)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil; minced
  • Special equipment: an immersion blender

Instructions

  1. 1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the tomatoes cut-side up in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the sugar. Scatter the thyme sprigs over the tomatoes.
  2. 2) Roast until the tomatoes are wrinkled and soft, about 1 hour. Let cool until cool enough to handle. Discard the thyme sprigs. Gently peel off and discard the tomato skins.
  3. 3) Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook until the onions start to lightly brown around the edges, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock and bay leaf and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes.
  4. 4) Reduce the heat to low, add the cream and basil and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove the bay leaf and use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Season to taste with about 2 teaspoons salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Serve warm.