Roasted Tomato Soup

Ingredients

1 can
San Marzano tomatoes, coarsely chopped (28-oz. can)
3⁄4 cups
extra virgin olive oil
 
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1
stalk celery (trimmed and diced)
1
carrot (trimmed and diced)
1
yellow onion (peeled and diced)
3 cloves
garlic (peeled and minced)
1 1⁄2 cup
chicken or vegetable stock
1
bay leaf
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter
1⁄4 cup
fresh basil leaves (chopped)
1⁄2 cup
nut/rice milk (optional)
Yields:
servings

Instructions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Strain the chopped tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread them on a baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.  Meanwhile in a saucepan, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 10 to 15 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juices, chicken stock, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15 - 20 minutes. Add basil and nut/rice milk if using.  Puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until smooth. Serve warm.IMPORTANT! Always use great caution when pureeing hot liquids. If you have time, allow the soup to cool before blending. Never fill the container more than half full and cover the lid with a folded kitchen towel and hold it in place before you turn on the blender. The initial surge of the blender's contents can cause the lid to pop open, possibly scalding you if still hot and certainly making a mess of your kitchen.

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