1.25.2009

my favourite roasted tomato soup

Photobucket OK, I have to admit that I am almost tired of hearing how easy every recipe is to make. Let's face it, if you're tired, and cold and exhausted, nothing is easy to make because it requires washing your already nearly raw-from-winter-dryness hands, and who wants to cry over the death of an onion? But I suppose it does beat the alternative of endlessly listening to tummy growls. I am still not sure if I love this soup because it tastes good, or just because it is so delicious and it's so easy to make. It really is easy. Plus the recipe is from a very dear friend, who said I just have to make this recipe. And a recipe from a friend makes even the simplest dish even a bit more special doesn't it? But the trickiest part of making a large batch of anything is finding containers to put the soup in, because it really is ridiculously easy, and feeds us for us for lunch for a week. Have I mentioned yet that this is easy? ummm... I should also probably admit that finding containers to store food in at my house can be like finding the bay leaf that's hidden somewhere in the steaming pot, but it's just not showing it's face.... well you can always find a lid and a container, but not always one that matches the other. I guess that's why I do the cooking, and leave filling containers up to Jeff... But this is one of the times where starting with really top-notch ingredients is a win-win, and actually worth the small effort. Plus, I do like this recipe because it requires running the oven for hours on end, and that is always a good thing in the midst of the winter blahs. Start with the best tomatoes you can find. And I sincerely guarantee that using the best tomatoes will make a difference. I am addicted to these tomatoes. I know it might seem excessive, but I will chuckle when I see that little dab of tomato on your chin after you've finished licking the bowl. Photobucket This is an all-night or all-day recipe, but it really is worth the wait. It's an easy wait. I feel like I've worked so hard, but really just turned the oven on. It is easy to create personalized versions of this soup, with either a few coups of black beans, and chopped cilantro. Alternatively, a few fiery red chilies, as a nice warmer as well. Photobucket Roasted Tomato Soup 100 oz. canned and peeled (try San Marzano) tomatoes 2 medium onions 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and halved 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tsp salt (or to taste) 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Peel and chop the onions. Heat the olive oil in a dutch oven, or deep-sided sauté pan. Sauté the onions, and garlic on medium on high heat, until a they are a deep golden brown in colour. Add the salt, and the tomatoes. 3. Place the pot with a lid, place in the oven and wait. At least 8 hours, but a bit longer is good too. Puree the soup, adjust the seasoning, and serve.

28 comments:

Jessie said...

Oh my, this sounds amazing! And it's totally my kind of recipe...not too many ingredients, stick it in the oven and forget about it. I'm intrigued by those tomatoes. Never seen that brand down here. Wonder if I can get 'em in Boston.

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

VeggieGirl said...

STUNNING!!

Zesty Cook said...

This looks amazing Gail!

BB said...

Same soup for lunch for a week :D That's really too much lol

I don't like such thick soups much however this one looks nice.

I just imagine some thinly chopped chives on top. Would that go well with the soup?

veggiecamper said...

My mum once commented about roasted tomato soup, "How do you roast soup?"

;-)

Sock Monkey Eats said...

t if you reserved some of it to leave a bit chunky, before you puree the rest for soup, the chunky stuff would make a good simmering sauce for chicken.

Vanessa said...

On a side note- in order to be called San Marzano, the tomatoes need to carry the DOP sign (more about it herehere:
Sometimes it's an overkill, I know, but it really helps local producers keep their livelihood...
:)

duodishes said...

Tomato soup in the oven. Talk about slow roasted! The color is gorge!

Jan said...

Looks fantastic! Love the pictures too.

chuck said...

It's snowing here right now and I could sure use a bowl of roasted tomato soup right now. That recipe really does sound easy. Will have to give it a try :)

Andrea said...

Yum Gail! I'm going to make this!

Joley H. said...

I would love to try this in the crockpot. That is, saute everything first and then simmer on low all day and then puree.
This is easy - thanks for sharing this!

Olga said...

That sounds absolutely perfect right now! With grilled cheese sandwich :)

Raposa said...

wow this sounds fantastic! I've been deep into soup mode lately & have been looking for a good & truly easy tomato soup. thank you for sharing this one!

Kim said...

Ok...now I'm craving tomato soup! It has always been my favorite as a little girl, I remember my mom making it when I was feeling sick or sad and it always made me feel better!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Gail~ I'm am linking up... I have a hard time finding you!
Now I can pop in anytime.

Elise said...

This looks so beautiful and sounds perfect for winter!

I love your blog, you're on my blogroll :) happy tuesday!

gail said...

Glad you like the soup! Let me know how it turns out!

Cheryl A said...

Yummy!
Do you drain the tomatoes first?

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Mmmmm does sound simple and delicious! Would be great with a grilled cheese sandwich.

gail said...

Cheryl - I just leave the tomatoes as is.

Cynthia said...

It's easy to see why this is your favourite. Such stunning colour.

Cenk said...

Oh wow! This will be my dinner tonight. Such a fantastic color.

Anonymous said...

This looks soooooo yummy. Where do you get these tomatoes in Calgary?

nutritiontokitchen said...

I totally agree with you - no matter how easy it may be to make something for dinner, it takes a lot of effort taking all your stuff out, washing veggies, cooking for a few minutes, then cleaning the whole thing back up (I feel exhausted just thinking about it!). Anyways, beautiful pics as always :)

gail said...

anonymous - I get the tomatoes at Bite Groceteria in Inglewood (guiltily - by the case!!)

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try it out. I have a bad cold, and this soup will hit the spot.

Do you use a lid on the pot when the soup is in the oven?

gail said...

anonymous - oops! Yes, I leave the lid on. Added to the recipe now :)

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