By big day I mean Thanksgiving. By prepping I mean keeping a close eye on healthy eating.
All this leads to one thing in my kitchen – soup. I have loads of frozen tomatoes waiting to be used, but chili wasn’t sounding right. I needed something more exciting than the basic tomato soup, too.
I’ve come to realize that a head of creamy, sweet roasted garlic makes just about everything better. This soup is no exception. Along with the garlic, I added some black beans for texture and protein.
Roasted Garlic, Tomato and Black Bean Soup Recipe
Makes: 4 servings
1 head garlic
2 tsp olive oil
8 cups frozen whole tomatoes, thawed
2 tbsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp mascavo or raw sugar
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
Shredded Parmesan cheese for serving
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Tear off about a 4×4 inch square of aluminum foil. Cut off the top of the full head of garlic removing just enough so that all the cloves are exposed. Place the garlic in the center of the foil, cut side up. Drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap the foil around the garlic and roast for 30 to 45 minutes, until soft. Remove from the the oven and allow to cool.
While the garlic is roasted, begin to prepare the soup. Pour any excess water off of the thawed tomatoes. Place the tomatoes in a large soup pot and heat to medium-high. Allow the tomatoes to cook down, crushing them with a spoon or potato masher as they cook, for about 15 minutes. Remove and discard any foam that rises to the top.
Stir in the basil, red pepper, salt and sugar. Unwrap the garlic and squeeze all of the roasted cloves into a dish. Be sure to separate out any skin and leave only the soft flesh. Add the garlic to the soup. Remove from the heat.
Use an immersion blender to blend the soup and puree the tomatoes. You can also transfer it in batches to a blender to do this. Once everything is smooth simmer over medium heat for 5 more minutes and let the soup thicken.
Finally stir in the black beans and heat through. Serve sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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