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Total:
2 hr 20 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate
Total:
2 hr 20 min
Active:
50 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds plum tomatoes, halved and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar 
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 1 large onion, diced 
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • 3 cups vegetable stock 
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, plus whole leaves for garnish 
  • Chile-infused oil, for drizzling

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Special equipment: an immersion blender

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the tomatoes cut-side up in a single layer on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1/4 cup olive oil and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the sugar. Scatter the thyme sprigs over the tomatoes. Roast until the tomatoes are wrinkled and soft, about 1 hour. Let cool until cool enough to handle. Discard the thyme sprigs. Gently peel off and discard the tomato skins.

Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and cook until the onions start to lightly brown around the edges, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock and bay leaf and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the cream and chopped basil and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove the bay leaf and use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. Season to taste with about 2 teaspoons salt and some freshly ground black pepper.

When ready to serve, top with a drizzle of chile-infused oil and garnish with some basil leaves.

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