First Tomato Soup batch - I steamed all the vegetables on the stove.
Third Tomato Soup batch - I used more vegetables, learning they really shrink significantly in the roasting process. I also added roasted whole garlic bulb.
Grilled Vegetable Tomato Soup
8 quarts of slightly thickened tomato juice(if using your own or farm grown tomatoes to make the juice, best to use meaty tomatoes, like ROMA tomatoes)
3/4 to 1 cup sugar, depends on the sweetness of your tomatoes, add less sugar and gradually add more if needed.
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2tsp to 1tsp chili flakes(optional)
Grilled Vegetable Base
8 medium large carrots
7 medium/ large onions
1 parsnip root
3 red bell peppers
1 large celery bunch
2tsp kosher salt
2tbl olive oil
pinch of ground black pepper
1large garlic bulb, whole
pinch of kosher salt
1tsp olive oil
pinch of ground pepper
Aluminum foil tray, aluminum foil
- Preheat grill on high, or oven at 420F
- Line 2 to 3 large baking sheets(if using oven)/aluminum foil trays(if using grill) with aluminum foil. Brush some olive oil on.
- Wash vegetables, peel carrots, parsnip root, remove inside of the peppers, peel onions.
- Slice vegetables into thick slices.
- Combine all the vegetables with 2tsp kosher salt, 2tbl olive oil,and pinch of ground pepper. Set aside.
- Prepare whole garlic glove for roasting: cut the head of the garlic bulb. Only as low as the first cloves. Cut the top so the cloves are exposed. Place garlic bulb cut side up on a piece of aluminum foil, pour 1tsp olive oil directly on the garlic, sprinkle pinch of kosher salt and ground pepper. Wrap garlic bulb tightly with aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Divide seasoned vegetable among prepared sheets/aluminum trays. Place the garlic wrapped in foil on one of the sheets/trays.
- Roast on the grill, covered with the grill hood, for about an hour, or until vegetables are soft and are reduced in volume, slightly golden in color but not burned.
- If using oven : roast in the oven until soft and caramelized but not burned.
- Remove vegetable from heat and let cool slightly.
- Unwrap garlic bulb from the foil and push roasted cloves out gently, they will be very soft.
- Process all the vegetables in the food processor until you have some what smooth mixture, don't worry it will be slightly chunky.
- I assume you have plain tomato sauce ready in the pot, add vegetable base to your plain tomato sauce, using a whisk stir well until combined. Add sugar and salt stir well and taste.
- Bring mixture to boil, lower the heat setting to low and simmer for 45 minutes or longer.(I usually let it simmer on low for at least an hour. I like my soup really thick.) Don't forget to stir. This process is important for the flavors to blend. Don't skip it.
- Let the tomato soup cool slightly and then process the whole batch in the blender until smooth.
- At this point you can enjoy the soup and/or fill your sterilized jars with the soup and process filled jars in the water bath for 15-20 minutes.
- This soup works excellent as a base for anything that has to do with tomato sauce.
- I like it really thick, if you prefer thinner soup, just before eating dilute it with some milk or heavy cream.
|Serving suggestion: serve with toasted bread, homemade dry tomatoes and cheese, I used Feta but any cheese will do.|