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Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup

  • Preparation Time20 mins
  • Cooking Time45 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
4 pounds plum tomatoes, halved and seeds removed
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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 double cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus whole leaves for garnish

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. 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. Roast until the tomatoes are wrinkled and soft, about 1 hour. Let cool until cool enough to handle. Discard the thyme sprigs.

3. Gently peel off and discard the tomato skins.

4. 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. Reduce the heat to low, add the cream and chopped basil and simmer for 5 more minutes.

5. 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.

6. When ready to serve, top with a drizzle of chilli-infused oil and garnish with some basil leaves.

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