It has been freezing here in Berkeley for the last week or two and a warm bowl of soup was just what I needed. I found some lovely San Marzano tomatoes at the farmers’ market and this recipe from Epicurious got rave reviews, so I thought I’d give it a go.
It’s a lovely soup. The recipe calls for 6 cups of stock, which is way too much. Use 4 to get a thick, hearty soup. It would be a good base for a minestrone or to add a small pasta noodle shape to it, in which case, the extra broth would probably be needed. Don’t skimp on the herbs and use good, firm plum tomatoes to make this.
Roasted Tomato Soup
Recipe from Epicurious
3 pounds plum tomatoes, halved lengthwise
8 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1 1/4 teaspoons dried
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh thyme or 1 1/4 teaspoons dried
1/4 teaspoon (or more) dried crushed red pepper
6 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
6 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and grated parmesan, to serve
Preheat oven to 400°F. Place tomatoes, cut side up, on large baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle tomatoes with 3 tablespoons olive oil. Roast until tomatoes are brown and tender, about 1 hour. Cool slightly.
Transfer tomatoes and any accumulated juices to processor. Using on/off turns, process until slightly chunky.
Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, rosemary, thyme and dried crushed red pepper. Add chicken stock; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until soup thickens slightly, 15 minutes or so. Remove from heat.
To serve, season with salt and pepper, stir in the chopped, and a bit of grated parmesan.