Ina Garten's Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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It's that season again... when the temperatures drop across not so sunny Los Angeles, resulting in Angelenos dressing head to toe in beanies, scarves, puffy coats, Uggs and more. I should know because I'm one of them! I like cold weather but not when I have to be outside. Nope. Not happening. Where’s my blanket and book? However, chilly, rainy and downright cold weather is when I immediately think to make soup. Not just any kind, but always Ina Garten’s Roasted Tomato Basil Soup. 

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I first heard about the flavorful soup, when Chrissy Teigen (whom I adore), made it not once but several times on Snapchat. Since then, I make a large pot of it every winter; enough to freeze for times when it's cold out and I don't want to cook. I guarantee that if you like tomato soup, then you'll thoroughly enjoy this recipe. It's easy to make and super delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds (about 12) ripe plum or Roma tomatoes, cut in four quarters lengthwise

  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)

  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice

  • 4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • 1 quart (4 cups) vegetable stock

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

  2. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes

  3. In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions cook down and become (almost) translucent

  4. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and vegetable stock

  5. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet.

  6. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes

  7. Pass through a food processor for a smooth yet textured consistency. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!

Servings: 8    Prep time:  15 mins.   Cook time: 1 hr. 45 mins.

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