Whether you're seeking a hearty meal for a chilly evening or a nutritious dish to warm your soul, this Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire. Let's embark on a culinary journey that transforms simple ingredients into a bowl of pure comfort and gastronomic satisfaction.
Enjoy with the best gluten-free bread or a grilled-cheese.
This recipe takes advantage of the natural sweetness of fresh Italian tomatoes and the smoky undertones of roasted eggplant, creating a delightful blend of textures and tastes. The magic happens as these ingredients come together on a baking sheet in the oven, intensifying their flavors through caramelization. To enhance the depth of the soup, we've included a step where the vegetables and chicken broth are blended to perfection, resulting in a silky-smooth consistency.
5 large fresh Italian tomatoes, halved
1 red pepper, diced
1 medium-sized white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, cut in half
1 asiatic eggplant, sliced
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian option)
1. Preheat the Oven
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Prepare the Vegetables
Place the halved tomatoes, diced pepper, diced onion, minced garlic, and diced eggplant on a large baking sheet.
3. Drizzle with Olive Oil
Drizzle the vegetables with olive oil, ensuring they are well-coated. Toss the vegetables gently to evenly distribute the oil.
4. Season with Salt and Pepper
Sprinkle salt and pepper over the vegetables to taste. You can adjust the seasoning based on your preference.
5. Roast in the Oven
Roast the vegetables in the preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until they are nicely caramelized and tender. Make sure to toss them halfway through the cooking time for even roasting.
6. Add Vegetables and Broth to Blender
Transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender. Add the chicken broth to the blender as well.
7. Blend Until Smooth
Blend the mixture until you achieve a smooth puree. You may need to do this in batches.
8. Transfer to a Pot
Pour the blended mixture into a pot and place it over medium heat.
Let the soup come to a simmer. Allow it to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld.
10. Adjust Seasoning
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference. If you prefer you can even add a little bit of fresh cream.
Ladle the soup into bowls, and serve hot.
This soup isn't just a blend of ingredients; it's a journey through time, a familiar melody that resonates with the heart. As you relish the last remnants of this delightful creation, may it leave you not just with a satisfied palate but with a nostalgic smile, connecting you to the timeless joy of homemade comfort food.