Sam’s Secrets – Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup
A hot bowl of homemade soup has to be one of the most inviting meals on a cold day. Combine it with a slice of warm fresh bread, and you have a meal that is sure to please anyone.
A lot of restaurants use thickening agents such as cornflour or a roux to get the right consistency … Not here at the Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue! I like to pack my soups full of vegetables, giving you a tasty nutritious soup full of goodness.
My Tomato & Basil soup is always a winner with delegates. One tip I can give you is to halve your tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a good quality extra virgin olive oil, then roast them off in the oven with onions and garlic before adding to your soup pot. This intensifies the flavour of the tomatoes and will be the difference between a good soup and a great soup.
Roasted Tomato & Basil Soup – The Recipe
I kg fresh tomatoes (about 4 cups, halved)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, peeled
2 large onions, sliced
2 large carrots sliced
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cups vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
Handful of chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 450F/230C.