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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Sophie Dahl's Roasted Tomato Soup w/ Thyme

Recently i started a free trial with Quickflix – an online DVD rental company and one of the DVD i rented was Sophie Dahl's cooking show, which sadly ended only after one season. I really like watching her cook and her voice and demeanour is so calm and relaxing.

Anyway, i decided to try one of her recipe which looks so simple and delicious. and it really is simple! and delicious! and just nice, i used the springs of thyme in my herb garden.


If you know me, i don't like tomatoes and i don't eat tomatoes, but i do like drinking tomato juice. weird. but yah. but i really want to eat more tomatoes. so when i saw Sophie make this roasted tomato soup i decided i should try it! and so should you!

Ingredients (Serves 4-5)

2kg plum ripe roma tomatoes, halved
1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
2 large red/brown onions, quartered
few springs of fresh thyme
1 tbsp caster sugar
salt & pepper
a few tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
a few drops of balsamic vinegar
dried herbs
(optional) veg stock
(optional) cream


Preheat oven to 190 degrees.


Place tomatoes, garlic, onions & thyme in a large roasting dish and season well with salt, pepper, dried herbs and sugar. Drizzle in the oil and mix well.


Place the roasting dish into the oven for 45-60 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool slightly.

Squeeze the cloves of garlic out of its skin and remove the springs of thyme.


After roasting, the tomatoes release a lot of sweet juices.

Blend in a food processor. Or else, just place the tomatoes, onions, garlic and the juices in a large saucepan and use a hand blender, it takes a little while longer but it still works really well.

The consistency was perfect for me. but in case you find it too thick, you could always add a little stock or cream.

Add a few drops of balsamic vinegar – it definitely ups the flavour.


-> So simple. So delicious!

To go with this for dinner, i baked 2 loaves of bread and fry up a few country chicken sausages.

And with the leftovers, i placed them into container and froze it for future dinners!


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