6 large Tomatoes, halved
2 medium or 1 large Red Bell Pepper, deseeded and quartered
1 large Red Onion, peeled, halved and each half is cut into 3 equal pieces
4-5 large cloves of Garlic, unpeeled
2-4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Sea Salt to taste
1.Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C and line the baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium foil.
2.While the oven is getting heat, prepare the vegetables for roasting. Halve the tomatoes and quarter the deseeded red bell peppers and peeled red onions. Take all these vegetables in a large mixing bowl and add garlic cloves in their peels. Now drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top and mix them all well.
3.Spread the vegetables in a single layer (skin side down) on a lined baking tray and pop it in an oven.
4.Let the vegetables roast for 20-25 minutes until tomatoes start to collapse and the onion and bell peppers start to brown and caramelise.
5.Turn the onions and bell peppers if they start getting overly dark in the halfway to prevent them from burning. Remove the garlic cloves from oven after 12-15 mins of roasting time or once they turn golden and oozy from inside.
6.Peel the garlic and add them to the roasted vegetables. Blend the roasted vegetables with the help of a hand blender or food processor to chunky or smooth puree based on how you prefer it. I like mine little chunky textured while my two boys prefer their soup really creamy.
7.If your are using a mixer grinder, please take little care while pureeing the roasted vegetables as they will be really hot and can scald your hands if care is not taken. Blend them in batches after they slightly cool down.
8.Transfer the pureed roasted vegetable to a pan and add 3-4 cups of vegetable stock or plain water. Heat the soup and add sea salt to taste. You can also add smoked paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder or crushed peppercorns to taste. I prefer not to as I like the smoky flavour of the roasted vegetables.
9.Serve this utterly delicious Roasted Pepper and Tomato Soup on its own or make a meal out of it by serving it with a toasted bread or grilled cheese sandwich.