Photo: Jennifer Davick; Prop Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
26 Hours 30 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Virginia-based chef Aaron Deal shares the light "salad-in-a-soup" he whips up when he's off the clock.

How to Make It

Step 1

Process heirloom tomatoes in a food processor 30 to 60 seconds or until pureed. Line a colander with 2 layers of cheesecloth; place colander over a large bowl. Pour tomato puree into cheesecloth. Tie ends of cheesecloth together. Chill 24 hours to allow puree to drain.

Step 2

Remove bowl from refrigerator, and gently press cheesecloth using back of a spoon to extract remaining liquid. (Yield should be about 4 cups.) Cover and chill.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 250°. Core medium tomatoes, removing stem ends. Cut tomatoes in half; place, cut sides up, on a lightly greased aluminum foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. olive oil, 1/4 tsp. sea salt, and 1/4 tsp. sugar. Bake 2 hours.

Step 4

Place 1 roasted tomato half in each of 4 serving bowls. Top with squash and next 4 ingredients; sprinkle with thyme and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add remaining 1/4 tsp. salt to tomato water, and divide tomato water among bowls. Drizzle with remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and serve immediately.

The River and Rail, Roanoke, VA

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