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, sliced garlic, 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!
2 thoughts on “Roasted Tomato & Ramiro Pepper Soup”
Two things I love about this post Colette. First, the idea of the home grown toms. Secondly, the shot of the soup. Delicious.
Thank you for your comment, Conor. There really is something special about trying to grow your own veg., no matter how big or small your plot may be. They have a flavour which you just cannot buy 🙂