Roasted tomato soup

The ultimate recipe for tomato soup. You won't buy it from a can ever again!

serves 4

1,5 kg ripe plum tomatoes
3 cloves garlic, peeled
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
2 onions, finely sliced
vegetable stock, about 750ml (we use an organic vegetable cube)
olive oil
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 220C. Rinse the tomatoes and cut them in half. Place in a roasting dish together with the garlic, thyme and bay leaves. Drizzle generously with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes until the tomatoes are well roasted and they have released their juices.

Heat a large pan with a good glug of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sweat until soft for 7-10 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes with their juices and vegetable stock to cover. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 15 minutes.

Blend the soup in a blender or with a stick blender until smooth. Season, if needed with salt and pepper. Reheat the soup and serve as is or with creme fraiche and basil.