CREAMY ROASTED TOMATO BASIL SOUP

Simple to prepare, delicious creamy roasted tomato basil soup. Great for an easy lunch served with bread or grilled cheese. This soup does sound wonderful. I believe that one can of tomatoes is about a pound, so I would start out using three cans of tomatoes. Hope this helps you.


CREAMY ROASTED TOMATO BASIL SOUP

INGREDIENTS
  • 1.2 kg 2½ lbs Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 600 g 1¼ lbs Grape (or Cherry) tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 8 whole cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), deseeded and diced
  • 2 potatoes (200 g 7 oz), diced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, roughly torn


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 430°F | 220°C. Place tomatoes on a baking tray with the garlic cloves. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil, season with salt and pepper, and roast for about 25 minutes, or until soft and charred on the tops.
  2. While tomatoes are roasting, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium-sized pot/saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, peppers (capsicum) and potato; cook while occasionally stirring, until the onion is transparent and the potatoes begin to crisp on their outer edges (about 6-7 minutes). Stir the tomato paste through the potatoes and onion; pour in the broth/stock; season with extra salt; cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low; simmer for about 15 minutes or until potato is just tender when tested with a fork. Add the tomatoes, garlic and basil to the broth (save 2 tablespoons of basil to use as garnish if you wish); continue to simmer until the basil is just soft (about 2 minutes). Blend soup using a stick blender until smooth.
  4. Optional: Pour the soup through a strainer or colander to remove any skins and thick tomato pieces, for a textured smoother soup.
  5. Sprinkle with extra basil, shaved parmesan cheese, and serve with cheesy, crusty bread.

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