Roasted Tomato Soup
Slow roasting tomatoes is a great way to preserve them all winter long. You can store them in the freezer and pull them out whenever you need to add a burst of flavour to soups and stews. For a quick appetizer, top a toasted crostini spread with creamy goats cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
- 20 medium garden tomatoes
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 4 celery stalks, diced
- 2 eeks, while and light green parts, sliced
- 2 tbsp roasted garlic*
- 8 cups vegetable stock, more as needed
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- Position 1 rack in the upper third and 1 rack in the lower third of an oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise. Add 2 tbsp of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place the tomatoes, cut side up, on 2 baking sheets. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and slightly caramelized, about 2 hours, rotating the pans from top to bottom and 180°F after 1 hour.
- In a Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil. Add onion, celery and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add roasted tomatoes, any accumulated juices and the roasted garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add stock and the thyme, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes more.
- Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Adjust the consistency as needed with more stock and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately.
Serves 6 to 8.
Roasted Garlic: Peel away most of the papery skin from the head. Trim about ¼-inch off the top to expose the cloves. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake at 400°F for 40 minutes or until centre clove is completely soft when pieced with a fork and is deeply golden in colour. Roasted garlic can be refrigerated up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months.
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