Every other Monday is Farmers market Monday. My absolute favorite day. And yesterday didn’t disappoint. A giant bag of vine ripened Tomatoes for $2.
Half were a little squidgy so Soup was the plan !
I love how perfect a simple Tomato soup is. Everyone has their own style. But this one’s mine. Since this is very basic , you do really need a decent batch of Tomatoes. They are pretty much the only ingredient , so watery out of season force grown types just won’t work I’m afraid.
Ps. With a few tbs added Tomato paste you have a great Pasta sauce too …
8 Medium tomatoes
1 Red Pepper (optional )
3-4 Cloves of garlic
3-4 Sticks of Rosemary
Oil ( I used Avacado )
1 Tsp Sweetner of choice
Optional : Basil or Oregano
Preheat oven to 400°.
Chop Tomatoes into quaters. And the Pepper if using. Pop in a roasting tray with a good drizzle of Oil. Pack them in rather than nomal roasting as you want them to steam and create a liquid too. Tuck in the cloves of garlic – I leave these unpeeled, so they steam in thier own little jackets and don’t burn. Pop the Rosemary in some little gaps too. Give everything a toss in the oil , and sprinkle liberally with Salt and then drizzle on a tsp of your Sweetner. I used fruit sugar today. It just helps the natural sugars in the tomatoes. It won’t make the end product overly sweet.
Pop everything in the oven for 30-40 minutes. And lift out when everything is starting to brown and the tomatoes are seperating from thier skin. There should be a fair amount of liquid Sorry I forgot to get a photo at this point ! I was clearly thinking with my tummy.
When they come out carefully remove the whole garlic cloves and put them to one side to cool , and discard the Rosemary. Add everything else from the tray to your blender. Once the cloves of garlic have cooled pop them put of thier little jackets and add them to the blender. Give everything a blitz and check for seasoning and you should be good to go.
It’s not the crazy red you’re used to. But it tastes great I promise!
Adorn with a good sprinkle of Black pepper and Fresh Basil of you like.