Roasting the tomatoes and garlic brings out a deep, savory flavor, allowing us to use less salt and save 450mg sodium per serving over traditional tomato soup. For speedier prep, use an immersion blender to puree the soup.
3 (10-ounce) beefsteak tomatoes, halved
8 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons butter
1/4 cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 (14.5-ounce) can unsalted fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
3/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons half-and-half
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh chives (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Working with 1 beefsteak tomato at a time, squeeze halves into a bowl; reserve seeds and juice. Arrange garlic and tomatoes, cut sides down, in a single layer on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 50 minutes or until tomatoes are lightly charred. Reserve juices.
Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add rice; sauté 1 minute or until toasted. Add reserved tomato juices, tomato mixture, stock, canned tomatoes, and salt to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes.
Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture. Stir in half-and-half and pepper. Sprinkle with chives, if desired.
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I loved this. As I know my oven, I realized that 40 min. was too long and did about 30. I did not take the seeds out. I did not strain it, and I was lucky to get the last of the season tomatoes here in Tennessee. It was so good,and I served it with homemade French bread and cheddar cheese. I also had garlic already minced in a jar, and I just put a couple of tablespoons in the middle. I will make this again.
I did put the peeled garlic in between the tomatoes. Roasted 50 minutes but I could see 40 minutes being sufficient. I used an immersion blender and did not strain the soup. The brown rice was a little crunchy but not a totally bad texture. We enjoyed. I made this on a Sunday afternoon. This is not a weekday recipe.
50 minutes was too long to roast the tomatoes and garlic - I took them out after 25-30 min as they were already starting to brown on the top. I removed most of the tomato skins from the soup before using an immersion blender instead of fussing with the regular blender and strainer. The flavor was very good.
Great recipe, with tweaks. everything blew up when I tried this recipe. Yucky grocery beefsteak tomatoes - used vine ripened. Garlic was a bit old and small-guessed. Low salt broth-did not add more salt. Orzo instead of rice. Oven DIED....squished Tom and garlic into convection oven...aaahh. Make sure you place the garlic in between the tomatoes so the juice will keep them from burning. Used Soy creamer, immersion blender and a bit of grated cheese...everyone loved!
The instructions for this recipe need some details and some tweaking. The 8 cloves of garlic were burnt after 50 min. If I had left them together as about 1/2 head, I think it would have worked better. I scraped out the middles of the cloves that weren't burnt. Also, I removed the tomato skins and cored them after roasting before adding to the soup. The resulting soup was decent. I will try again to actually have 8 roasted cloves of garlic to add.
So disappointing!! I was really excited to make this, and the grilled cheese with roasted tomato spread, and over extended myself. First of all, there was a mistake on the recipe that, in part, ruined our dinner. The recipe reads (as of 9/16/14) that the total time to make this is 60 minutes, but considering the tomatoes have to roast for 50 minutes and the soup is supposed to simmer for 40 minutes, plus the blending and straining, that was WAAAY off. It took me two hours. The end result, a watery, bland mess. I wish I could upload pictures here, because what I'd show is my completely trashed kitchen. Do not waste your time. At least the sandwiches were good.