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Author Notes: This classic recipe can be heated, chilled or used as a beautiful tomato sauce with pasta. It uses summer tomatoes that are so plentiful this time of year. —Destination Cuisine
- 14 ripe tomatoes
- 8-10 whole garlic cloves
- 4 tablespoons Olive Oil plus additional to coat tomatoes
- 2 Medium onions chopped
- 3 tablespoons Kosher Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
- 28 ounces Tomato Puree, canned
- 1 teaspoon Chicken bouillon base
- 1 cup Water
- 3 cups Whole Basil Leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon Thyme
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream or Half and Half
- Kosher Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste
- Preheat Oven to 450 degrees
- Cut ripe tomatoes into 8 pieces and spread on an oiled jelly roll pan. Add whole, peeled garlic cloves
- Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and whole garlic cloves and toss with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
- Roast for 25 minutes until tomatoes and garlic are soft. Let cool. Do not pour off the juice in the pan.
- Heat about 4 Tblsp of olive oil in a large pot. Saute two medium chopped onions until soft and lucent.
- Pull out the roasted garlic from the tomatoes. Chop and add to onions.
- Add red pepper flakes.
- Add 28 ounce can of tomato puree, 3 Cups whole basil leaves, the roasted tomatoes and juice, Italian Seasoning and Thyme.
- Mix 1 Tsp. chicken bouillon with water. I use the tomato puree can to mix the water and chicken bouillon base. Add to the pot.
- Once it's brought to a small boil, turn heat down and simmer for at least 45 minutes.
- IMPORTANT. Let cool before blending the tomatoes.
- I use an immersion blender but a food processor or blender works equally well. Remove 1/2 and set aside to use as a nice cool soup.
- I use the remainder to add the cream while continuing to blend.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Suggestions for a garnish...shredded fresh basil leaves, sour cream, or gorgonzola chunks. This makes for a great soup, hot or cold as well as an excellent sauce for pasta.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Warm Weather Soup