This year, we managed to grow our own tomatoes in a tub in the garden. Just a couple of trusses, and a small yield, but homegrown and full of flavour. We also included a basil plant, which we bought, with the tomatoes. “What grows together, goes together” is very true.
Meanwhile, there were a few tomatoes (from last week’s shopping) hanging around in the fridge. A soup was the logical solution to make the most of them.
Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 7/425F/220C
- 5 Large (Almost over-ripe) Tomatoes chopped
- 1 Sweet Red Ramiro pepper, halved, de-seeded and chopped
- 1 Clove of Garlic, peeled and sliced
- A sprinkle of dried Oregano
- A drizzle of Broighter Gold Basil Infused Rapeseed Oil
- 1 White Onion, finely diced
- 25g Butter an a few drops of Basil Infused oil to sauteé the onion
- 1 Litre Vegetable or Chicken Stock
You can use olive oil if you don’t have rapeseed oil, and a Red Bell Pepper instead of a Ramiro.
Cut the tomatoes into quarters, and place into a roasting pan, along with the chopped, de-seeded pepper, oregano and oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
Sauteé the onion with the butter and oil in a large saucepan until translucent. When the vegetables have finished roasting, add these to your saucepan, along with the stock, and bring up to a simmer for about 20 minutes. Blend the mixture with a hand-held blender, or food processor. Season to taste, and drizzle some oil over the top.
The soup is now ready to serve. You can turn this into a Minestrone-style soup, by adding some broken spaghetti and fried lardons of bacon. Another flavour enhancer for this, or any tomato based soup would be to add a small piece of parmesan cheese. A leftover piece is perfect. Just pop it in and let it work it’s umami magic!