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You've Never Had A BLT Like This Before

It’s officially soup season and this fun new take on classic homemade tomato soup with hit the spot with whole family. The inspiration is a BLT sandwich, and when you take your first spoonful it will give those satisfying flavours of the lunch staple but in a warm bowl of soup. This is a perfect recipe for freezing to use as an easy weeknight or lunch solution, too!

BLT Roasted Tomato Soup 

Ingredients
  • 1 large can whole plum tomatoes (28 oz)
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil (45 ml)
  • 1 large Vidalia or Spanish onion, peeled , cut into 1/8th
  • 2 cloves garlic , whole ,peel on
  • 1 fresh sprig marjoram or oregano
  • 2 fresh sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups chicken stock (750 ml)
  • 1 Tsp. honey (5 ml)
  • ½ cup cream (125 ml) , optional
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
 
Toppings
  • thinly sliced toasted bread
  • bacon bits
  • diced avocado
  • shredded romaine lettuce
 
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a medium roasting pan pour canned tomatoes with juice, into one half.  Drizzle other half with olive oil and add chopped onion, garlic and herb sprigs and toss well to coat in oil (don’t mix the tomatoes with onions at this point).  
  3. Roast at 375 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until onions are soft and  golden and garlic can easily be squeezed out of skin. 
  4. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  5. Squeeze out garlic pulp and discard skins.  
  6. Transfer all veggies to a medium pot with any pan juices and garlic pulp. Add bay leaf, chicken stock, honey and bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce to medium low heat and simmer covered for 15 – 20 minutes, just to soften completely.
  7. Season with salt and pepper. 
  8. Add cream, if desired and simmer uncovered for 10 more minutes or until slightly reduced. 
  9. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
  10. Serve in bowls sprinkled with desired toppings
Serves 6       

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