Roasted Tomato Soup recipe

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Roasted Tomato Soup

2 pounds combination vine ripened and Roma tomatoes, halved, cored and de-seeded

1 can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes

2 small red onions, peeled and quartered

1 large shallot, peeled and sliced

1 quart low-sodium chicken stock

2 dried bay leaves

¾ cup cream

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the fresh tomatoes, onion and shallot on a sheet pan in one layer. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste and toss to coat. Roast for 30 minutes or until they begin to caramelize.

2. Melt the butter in a medium stock pot and add about a tablespoon of olive oil. Scoop roasted vegetables into the pot and add the chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and bay leaves. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

3. Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth, before returning it to the stockpot. Add the cream, taste and adjust seasonings accordingly. Serve hot with a teaspoon of sour cream on top, fresh chiffonade of basil, or bay leaf to garnish (optional).

Serves 4-6.

One of the best things you can do to impart flavor to vegetables is to roast them in the oven on high heat. With just a little salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil, you let the oven do the work and reap the rewards of a great soup base or side dish. It’s a foolproof and healthy way to bring fresh seasonal vegetables into your diet, and can be modified based on your preferences and what is available throughout the year.

This particular recipe is a hearty roasted tomato soup and is a simple and cozy dish with some crusty bread or a grilled cheese sandwich on the side. You can take this method and substitute mushrooms, butternut squash, or a variety of other options for the tomatoes. Feel free to swap out the Romas and vine-ripened tomatoes for whatever looks good at the store or is on hand at the time. The crushed tomatoes used here also help to ensure that a full flavor is achieved even if the fresh ones are lacking, so look for fire roasted if possible to optimize this boost.

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