Homemade comfort food is a MUST on these cooler fall afternoons. Have any extra tomatoes this week? Try making this scrumptious Roasted Tomato Basil Soup.
- 4-5 tomatoes (sliced and deseeded)
- 8 whole cloves garlic , peeled and smashed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, deseeded and diced
- 1 potato, diced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, roughly torn
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 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.
- While tomatoes are roasting, heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium-sized pot/saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, peppers, and potato; cook while occasionally stirring, until the onion is transparent and the potato begin to crisp on the outer edges (about 6-7 minutes). Stir the tomato paste into the potatoes and onion; pour in the broth; season with extra salt; cover and bring to a boil.
- 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 an immersion blender until smooth.
- Optional: Pour the soup through a strainer or colander to remove any skins and thick tomato pieces, for a smoother soup.
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