Roasted Tomato Soup with Basil

Once you've tried this roasted tomato soup you'll agree that roasting the tomatoes first really does make all the difference.  It just seems to add an extra depth of flavor to the soup that isn't present in other tomato soup recipes.

Yes, you do have to set aside an hour and a half to roast the tomatoes, but once the tomatoes are cooked, making the soup is easy.

bowl of roasted tomato soup

Preparation Time:   20 minutes
Cooking Time:  1 hour 40 minutes
Serves 4


   24 roma tomatoes or 12 large tomatoes
   1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
   1 tablespoon sea salt
   Thyme leaves
   2 cloves garlic, unpeeled
   2 ½ cups water
   ¼ cup chopped basil leaves
   Low fat sour cream

How to Make

Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F

Cut tomatoes in half and arrange, cut side up, on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.  This will prevent them sticking and make them easy to remove.

Sprinkle with sea salt and the olive oil to bring out the flavors.  I also sprinkled over some thyme leaves.   Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

roasting tomatoes

Step 2

Take out of the oven and add the garlic cloves. There is no need to peel the garlic first. Return to the oven for a further 1 hour or until the edges of the tomatoes are blackened and the garlic is soft.  

roasted tomatoes

Step 3

Remove from the oven and discard the thyme leaves.  They were there to add flavor to the tomatoes and have done their job.  Gently squeeze the garlic cloves to push out the flesh, then discard the skins.

pureed roasted tomatoes

Step 4

Peel the skin from the tomatoes and add the peeled tomatoes and garlic flesh to a food processor.  Blitz everying together until a thick puree.

reheating roasted tomato soup

Step 5

Place the tomato puree and water into a pan and bring to the boil.  Then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.   Stir in the basil and simmer for a further 5 minutes.   Strain the soup if you wish or leave it chunky.


Spoon into a serving bowl and top with low fat sour cream and extra basil leaves.

More soup recipes

Check out this Tomato Soup Recipe

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