Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup
by Michael Chiarello
4 Servings

Ingredients Amount
Olive Oil 3/4 cup
Chopped Tomatoes 1 – 14 oz. Can
Salt, Unleash Your Inner Foodie Tuscany Pepper Blend To Taste
Celery, diced 1 stalk
Carrot, diced 1
Yellow Onion, diced 1 small
Garlic clove, minced 1 clove
Chicken Broth 1 cup
Bay Leaf 1
Butter, unsalted 2 Tblsp.
Fresh Basil Leaves, chopped 1/4 cup
Heavy Cream 1/2 cup

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Strain the chopped tomatoes, reserving the juices, and spread onto a baking sheet, season with salt & pepper, to taste, drizzle with 1/4 cup of the olive oil and roast until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion and garlic, cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
4. Add the roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, chicken broth, bay leaf and butter. Simmer until vegetables are very tender, about 15- 20 minutes. Add basil and cream. Puree with a hand held immersion blender (or put in blend/food processor) until smooth. I like to keep it a little chunky.
5. Enjoy!