Heirloom Tomato Soup Recipe
The leaves are changing, the mornings are brisk, the evenings are dark. It's officially fall in Colorado! The bright sunny days and the cool, crisp nights mean that our tomatoes are ready for harvesting.
We often have an abundance of tomatoes and get creative with cooking. The cherry tomatoes go on salads. The giant tomatoes are sliced for sandwiches and pizzas. And the uneven, blemished tomatoes? The perfect use is a rustic Tomato Harvest Soup.
Finding a recipe online or in a cookbook can be challenging because the portions are exact. "1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes in their juices." It's hard to translate that to fresh picked garden tomatoes. We had to create a recipe that could be customized for any sized harvest. The key is using one baking sheet of veggies for one batch of soup.
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper
Heavy Cream (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Halve the onions. Wash, core and halve the tomatoes. Peel the garlic. We found that 2 sweet yellow onions and 8 of the larger tomatoes did the job. If you have more tomatoes that you want to use, great! Put them on a second baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until caramelized, approx. 20-30 minutes.
Remove roasted tomatoes, garlic and onion from the oven and transfer to a large stock pot. Add bay leaves and enough chicken stock to cover the veggies. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until liquid has reduced by a third.
Wash and dry basil leaves, if using, and add to the pot. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Return soup to low heat, add cream and adjust consistency with remaining chicken stock, if necessary. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Garnish the soup with a dollop of sour cream or roasted cherry tomatoes. I like to serve with a chunk of crusty rustic bread, but my husband loves this soup with garlicky croutons.
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