Roberta Boyle inspired me to try this Tomato Roasted Garlic Soup from the Oprah Magazine Cookbook. From her description of making it, it sounded ridiculously easy with such positive results I just had to try. I did, however, change the recipe a little and add my own touches here and there.
Roberta is right. This is a very easy recipe that makes a big generous batch of soup that is absolutely lovely to eat.
The only thing that really takes time is making roasted garlic. I had roasted some the day before with these beautiful grape tomatoes.
You begin the soup-making process by sauteing the roasted garlic with onions and celery. Then you cover the pot for three minutes. I did deviate a little here, I added some oil from my sundried tomato jar to once again boost the tomato-y flavour and add depth.
The next part is so easy! You just throw in two 28 ounce cans of tomatoes and a bunch of spices. Seriously, that's it. I did not add the water, I personally did not want to dilute the flavour at all.
I could not leave those tomatoes whole like that so I mashed it all up with a potato masher. You bring the soup to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. I did not find everything to be very softened at this point so I let it go for 30 minutes altogether and then removed the bay leaf. I tasted the soup and found that it needed a lot of salt and pepper. I added a little, stirred, tasted. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. It is shocking how much salt is necessary for a good soup but I had bought cans of no-sodium-added tomatoes so I really had to keep seasoning. It still lacked something so I added about 1 tbsp of good balsamic vinegar. Now we're talking!
I had just a dollop of heavy cream in the fridge which I added to the soup before blending to make it even more velvety and luscious.
Delicious! I am not even a huge fan of tomato soup but I am now a fan of this recipe, done my way. I had it for lunch yesterday with a cheesy onion bagel and green tea lemonade. Divine! I am going to make sure to have it again for lunch today, I enjoyed it that much. Even though most of the tomatoes in this recipe come from a can, this does not taste like canned tomato soup. It tastes like summer in a bowl with a peppery balsamic punch. Wow!!! Seriously tasty.