Make up batches of this soup now while tomatoes are in-season and inexpensive and freeze for winter – you will be instantly reminded of summer on a dull day.
The garlic croutons are a great way to use up stale bread and will happily keep in an airtight container for at least a week. The exact quantity of bread is going to depend on the type you are using – I used a grainy loaf for these croutons which was about 500g
before removing the crusts.
Roasted Tomato & Capsicum Soup with Garlic Croutons
This light soup is ideal for summer eating – for a complete meal finish with a selection of cheeses. Or serve as a first course for a summer dinner party.
about 1kg tomatoes, halved
2 (300-400g) brown onions, chopped
¼ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
2-3 (100g) prepared grilled red capsicums
3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
1 tbsp caster sugar or to taste
salt, to taste
2 tbsp grated or shaved Parmesan cheese, for serving
BAKED GARLIC CROUTONS
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, peeled and flattened with the back of a knife
1 loaf day-old bread of your choice, sliced, crusts removed, cut into 2.5 cm squares
1 To make croutons, preheat oven to 150°C. Melt butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, taking care not to burn. Remove garlic and discard. Add bread cubes to butter mixture and toss to coat. Transfer bread to a baking tray and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crisp. Use immediately or allow to cool and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
2 For the soup, preheat oven to 200°C. Place tomatoes, cut side up, in a single layer in a baking dish. Scatter with onions.
3 Place olive oil, garlic and rosemary in a small bowl and mix to combine. Drizzle over tomatoes and onions and bake for 45-60 minutes or until tomatoes are very soft.
4 Place the contents of the pan and capsicums in a blender and blend to make a smooth puree. Place a sieve over a large saucepan and push puree – while this step is not absolutely necessary it does produce a soup with a smoother texture.
5 Place tomato mixture in a large saucepan, add stock and bring to simmering. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Season to taste with sugar and salt.
6 To serve ladle into bowls, pass cheese and croutons separately to scatter over soup just prior to eating.
Happy cooking and eating.
Recipe by Rachel Blackmore
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