Cream of Roasted Tomato Soup
8 large tomatoes, cored and quartered
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for the tomatoes
1 sprig rosemary
3 sprigs thyme
1 cup Whipping cream
Sugar, if needed
Coarsely ground black pepper
4 thick slices country bread, toasted and brushed with olive oil, for serving
Heat the oven to 375 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the tomatoes cut-side down. Add the garlic cloves (with skins on). Sprinkle with olive oil and season with salt. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and caramelized, about 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.
Add the 1/4 cup olive oil, the rosemary and thyme to a small saucepan and place over low heat. Let warm until you begin smelling the herbs, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.Peel the tomatoes and add the pulp and juices to a soup pan. Squeeze the garlic from its skin and add it to the pan. Place the pan over medium heat, and begin mashing the tomatoes with a potato masher until it’s pulpy, but not chunky (if you prefer to use a food processor, go ahead – just make sure you leave it pulpy). When the mixture is hot but not boiling, stir in the cream. Season to taste with salt. Add a pinch of sugar, if needed. Ladle into bowls and season with fresh ground coarse Black pepper.
This soup is perfect for eating with toasted/ grilled sourdough bread and a selection of cheeses and pickles.