Chef Ray Garcia’s Roasted Tomato Soup

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In this recipe from Chef Ray Garcia, roasting further concentrates the flavor of these early harvested tomatoes. If Early Girls are not available, substitute large plum tomatoes or high-quality canned San Marzano tomatoes.


Roasted Tomato Soup


20 Early Girl tomatoes

4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 large yellow onion, diced

4 celery stalks, diced

2 leeks, white and light green portions, diced

2 Tbs. roasted garlic

8 cups vegetable stock, plus more as needed

2 Tbs. fresh thyme leaves


Position 1 rack in the upper third and 1 rack in the lower third of an oven. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.


Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise and transfer to a large bowl. Add 2 Tbs. of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place the tomatoes, cut side up, on 2 baking sheets and transfer to the oven. Roast until the tomatoes are soft and slightly caramelized, about 2 hours, rotating the pans from top to bottom and 180 degrees after 1 hour.


In a Dutch oven over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the onion, celery and leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes, any accumulated juices and the roasted garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add the 8 cups stock and the thyme, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes more.


Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Adjust the consistency as needed with more stock and season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, drizzle with olive oil and serve immediately. Serves 6 to 8.

10 comments about “Chef Ray Garcia’s Roasted Tomato Soup

  1. Jocelyn

    Muir Glen makes a Fire Roasted canned tomato that would probably work well in this recipe.

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  4. Paula

    This is the best roasted tomato soup I’ve ever had. I hope the chef isn’t insulted by my monkeying with it, but I added a couple roasted red peppers. The first time I made it, I used veggie broth, but the second time, I used mushroom broth, which gave it a little more body, I thought.

    It also freezes very well. I recommend an immersion blender because it’s just easier.

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