Chilled Roasted Tomato & Garden Herb Soup - roasting makes flavor richer
Peggy Lampman | Contributor
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The rewards of growing your own herbs are abundant — if you've room to plant enough of them, there always seem to be several that need pinching back. This is a nice recipe for utilizing these odds and ends from your garden or pot.
Here's a serious recipe short-cut to the one penned below - you'll lose some of the flavor but it's still pretty dang good if pinched for time: Roast tomatoes, per recipe, and puree reducing liquid in recipe to 1 1/2 cup of stock. Stir in herbs (making sure chives are a part of the herb mix) and chill.
Regarding chives, now so abundant, Bon Appetit wrote (March, 2013) a great article about using chives when cooking; check it out if your garden or herb box is overloaded.
Yield: 4 servings
Roasting Time: 75 minutes (inactive)
Soup Simmer Time: 30 minutes (inactive)
Active Time: 15 minutes
12-14 plum tomatoes, washed then cut in half lengthwise
Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed
1 1/2 cups leeks, white and light green parts only, well washed and chopped
1 small fennel bulb (cored) or 2 celery stalks, washed and chopped
2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1/4 cup well-chopped basil
1/3 (or more) cup chopped chives
2 teaspoons well-chopped tarragon
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet and brush with 4 tablespoons of olive oil then season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.
3. Roast tomatoes until aromatic,very tender and shriveled, about 75 minutes
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven. Stir in leeks and fennel or celery and sauté 5-7 or until just tender; stir in garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
4. Stir in roasted tomatoes, with their juices, stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
5. Pour ingredients into a blender or food processor and process until well-combined. Stir in basil, chives and tarragon and chill at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper just before serving.
Peggy Lampman is a real-time food writer and photographer posting daily feeds on her website and in the Food & Grocery section of Annarbor.com. You may also e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.