The world tends to fall into two categories of people. Dog people, cat people. Republicans, democratics. And then there are salty and sweet. Some people crave salty flavors, and some, like me and probably you, crave sweet.
People sometimes ask me if I cook anything besides sweets, and the answer is, duh. I have to eat too. I prefer sweet because my palate just picks up on sugar so much better. Whenever I cook salty, my guests are usually reaching for the salt. I just can’t – for the life of me – taste whether I’ve put the right amount of seasoning in or not.
But one of my favorite salty things to make are soups. They are easy, cheap and really a mood changer. Who hasn’t ever been been cheered up by a steamy bowl of soup? It’s like that Campbells soup commercial where the snowman comes into the house, sits in front of a hot bowl of soup and slowly the snow melts away to reveal a boy, who is somehow bone-dry and rosy-cheeked, which just doesn’t make sense…but, well the idea is correct. Soup warms your soul.
Fortunately for me, tomatoes were on sale at my market for 2 kilos for 8 pesos. A real steal and perfect for this recipe that Smitten Kitchen adapted from Bon Appetit. The ingredients are super minimal: tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, broth, salt and pepper. The flavors are intensified thanks a long, slow roast in the oven. And the active cooking time is minimal. All in all, a great recipe.
Roasted tomato soup
- 3 pounds (around 1 kilo and half) tomatoes, quartered
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 head of garlic (you’ll only use 2 or 3 cloves in the soup, but you can save the rest to spread on toast mmm)
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- Salt and pepper
1) Put tomatoes and whole, unpeeled head of garlic in large glass baking dish. Sprinkle generously with sea salt and cracked black pepper. Roast at 400°F (200°C) for 1 hour.
2) Let cool slightly. Unpeel 2 or 3 garlic cloves.
3) Put garlic and tomatoes in food processor and process until smooth.
4) Transfer to large pot and add the broth. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
5) Enjoy with toasty grilled cheese!