First things first, I hope you had a kick ass Thanksgiving weekend filled with love and connection amongst you and all your family and friends.
I had some fresh-from-the-garden heirloom tomatoes that were getting super soft and I really don't like the taste of soft tomatoes in my salad, so I decided to make one of my favorite kinds of soup.
I love tomatoes and I also love anything tomato/ketchup flavored. Always have, always will.
Fun fact: When tomatoes are cooked, it actually increases the antioxidant activity. So they're actually healthier for you when they're cooked. Crazy, eh?
I really enjoyed cooking this recipe because I didn't have to "finely chop" anything. It's nice to have a break from the precision once in a while.
- Roughly 10 medium sized tomatoes (Any kind)
- 1 onion
- 1 head of garlic
- ½ cup of fresh basil
- 1 tsp of dried thyme
- 1 cup of stock
- 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
- Cayenne pepper (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 425’F.
Cut the head of garlic in half. Drizzle 1 tbsp of EVOO on the exposed part and wrap in a piece of tin foil. Put in the oven to roast for 45 minutes. Note: Roasting garlic gives it a sweet flavor...believe it or not.
Chop the tomatoes and onions in rough quarters (Don’t worry about making them look perfect). Place in a bowl. Add ½ cup of torn up basil and dried thyme. Drizzle with ¼ cup of EVOO, salt, and pepper. Stir it up with a spoon or your hands. (I totally believe using your hands with your food while you cook adds more love to your dish which makes it taste even better. <3)
Place in the oven to roast for 30 minutes.
When the garlic is done, take it out and squeeze out the garlic from the head and place in the food processor. When tomatoes are done, take them out and add to the food processor, along with 1 cup of hot stock, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Note: If you want your soup thin, use a blender. I like my soup a little thicker which is why I used a food processor.
Distribute evenly into bowls. Add a dash of cayenne pepper for a really beautiful kick.
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