Winter Warmer: Roasted Tomato Soup

I woke up longing for a really hearty soup today.  Most of the time I wake up with food on my mind these days.  Food or needing a wee.  Those things make up 80% of my head space.  It is what it is. Anyway, I saw that we had a load of tomatoes from the farm shop that were close to being unusable and so I decided to have a bash at making some tomato soup.  It was also shaping up to be a challenging day - the weather was rough, our combined family attitude was proper grumpy and cooking/baking is my happy place.

I don't know about you but tomato soup (from a tin, of course) is the stuff of my childhood.  Served on a tray with plain white bread slathered in butter screams nostalgia and sick-days to me.  That was the vibe I was after so I rustled this up and it was just the ticket.

Roasted Tomato Soup

SERVES 4

Ingredients:  

6 large tomatoes

2 white onions

Olive Oil

Salt/Pepper for seasoning

2 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon of basil

2 cups of water

1 cup of coconut milk

Method:

+  Preheat your oven to 180C.

+  Chop up your tomatoes & onions into quarters, place on a roasting tray, toss them with olive oil & season with salt & pepper.

Roasted Tomato Soup+  Place them in the oven for 45 minutes or until they become golden and squishy.  Keep an eye that they don't brown too much or it can mess with the overall flavour.

Roasted Tomato Soup

+  Once the veg is done, in a large pot, fry off the garlic (minced or chopped) and spices, then throw in the roasted veg, including all the drippings and juices from the tray (the best bits).

+  Add the water & coconut milk, blitz with a handblender to your desired consistency - I like a little bit of a chunk to mine (or transfer carefully to a standing blender - you might want to wait for the veg to cool before doing it in one of those though) and gently leave to simmer in the pot on a medium heat for another 15 minutes. You can add more liquid than the recipe calls for if you like it a little thinner or want it to go a bit further.

+  Season again as you see fit and serve with some thick crusty bread for dipping!

Roasted Tomato Soup Roasted Tomato Soup Roasted Tomato SoupIt is so easy to make and that gorgeously rich slow roasted tomato smell will linger in your kitchen for hours after.

Now if only we could all just call in a sick day tomorrow eh?!

Mel