Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup

6 C cherry tomatoes
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
1 tbsp sweet dried basil
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 C half and half (optional)

Preheat oven to 400. Combine cherry tomatoes, 2 tbsp olive oil and salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir until tomatoes are well coated. Pour tomatoes onto a baking sheet, spreading out into a single layer and bake for 45 minutes. After tomatoes have baked, in a large pot heat the butter and remaining olive oil. Add garlic and onion and saute until onions are translucent. Add canned tomatoes, chicken broth, basil, red pepper flakes and roasted tomatoes including the liquid from the baking sheet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and partially cove. Cook for 40 minutes. Blend soup until smooth in a food processor or blender. Return to pot and add half and half. Warm over medium heat, but do not boil. Serve hot.

(inspired by Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, by Cafe Chocolada)