Fire Roasted Tomato Soup with Hand Cut Croutons

Serves: 6

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Prep Time: 10 min

Calories: 518



1 28-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes

8 garlic cloves, peeled

½ cup olive oil, divided

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

1 large onion, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 sprig rosemary

1½ cups torn crusty bread

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°. Crush tomatoes with your hands into a 13×9″ baking dish; scatter garlic over and drizzle with 1/4 cup oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing halfway through, until garlic is very soft and tomatoes are jammy, 35–40 minutes. Using a potato masher or fork, mash to break up garlic and tomatoes.

Step 2

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot, and cook, checking and stirring occasionally, until onion is very soft, 25–30 minutes (this long, slow cooking draws out maximum flavor). Increase heat to medium-high, add tomato paste, and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened in color, about 2 minutes. Add roasted tomato mixture and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, 15–20 minutes. Let cool slightly.

Step 3

Meanwhile, strip leaves from rosemary sprig and toss with bread and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil on a clean rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Toast, tossing once, until croutons are golden brown, 6–8 minutes.

Step 4

Working in batches, purée tomato mixture in a blender until very smooth (make sure lid is slightly ajar to let steam escape; cover with a towel). Transfer to a large bowl or pitcher.

Step 5

Pour soup back into pot. Taste and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.

Step 6

Serve soup topped with butter and rosemary croutons.

Step 7

Do ahead: Tomato soup and croutons can be made 4 days ahead. Let soup cool; cover and chill. Store croutons airtight at room temperature.


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