Monday, 17 October 2011

roasted tomato, chili and coconut soup


the humble tomato can be both dreadfully dull and fabulously fruity... get it wrong, from a huge box in a supermarket, you know what I mean... those pale orange, rock hard balls... and it tastes of very little more than water.  Get it right and with one bite your senses erupt with the essence of summer... fruity and tart with that heady scent of vine that should be distilled, bottled and sold as Eau de Maison-Vert!

... and its application is endless, from it's natural state as a gem in a salad to the very depth of a classic Italian Pasata...

The tomato is the vegetable of the month over at lovethegarden.com where, each month, they encourage us bloggers to make a vegetable a hero, to be in the chance of winning fabulous prizes... the deadline for entries for the tomato is tomorrow but details for next time can be found here.

... i'm hoping this very tasty soup will see me take the prize, it's such a fabulous combination of sweet and chili but also has a hidden depth from the pre-roasting of the tomatoes... eat your heart out Mr. Heinz!

Roasted Tomato, Chili and Coconut Soup
there's also some sunshine squash in here too, which adds a further creamy thickness to the soup.

6 medium vine tomatoes - quartered
1 sunshine squash (you could use any squash or even pumpkin) - skinned and chopped into large chunks
1 medium onion - finely chopped
1 medium red chili - finely chopped (hotness level of your choice)
half a regular can of coconut milk
1 pint of good vegetable stock
olive oil
rosemary

- place the tomatoes and squash into a roasting dish, drizzle liberally with olive oil, sprinkle with rosemary and a pinch of salt and bung it in the oven to roast for 1 hour on a low 150 until gently roasted

- saute the onions in some olive oil and a little butter over a gentle heat until tender (5-8 minutes), add the chili and saute for a further 3 minutes

- add the roasted tomatoes and squash and let them all sweat together for a moment or two before adding the veg stock and the coconut milk.

- season to your taste and let it simmer gently for roughly 20 minutes and then whizz into a frenzy with a hand-held blender

eat and of course, enjoy!

23 comments:

  1. What a fabulous challenge and also what a GREAT soup Dom ~ it has my name all over it, the flavours must have been amazing and the colour is glorious. I am a BIG soup lover and I have bookmarked this recipe for future delectation!
    Karen

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  2. What a fab soup, just what we need as autumn has suddenly arrived. It's rather chilly!

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  3. How gorgeous, the rich red tomatoes and chilli of summer meet the sweet orange squash of the autumn - Equinox soup! Not sure where the coconut comes in maybe it can play the part of the moon.

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  4. That sounds divine, I love tomatoes

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  5. This soup is so yummy and confortable!!
    Have a great evening

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  6. Lovely sounding soup. I like the idea of the coconut alongside those intense, roasted flavours.

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  7. Ah, what a beautiful looking and sounding soup. Love the addition of coconut milk. Must try it next time I make tomato soup.

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  8. Mmmm....so delicious with the coconut milk. Everything tastes so much better roasted in the oven. The color is really appealing too....

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  9. I love tomato soup and this is such an interesting combination of flavours. Perfect for autumn.

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  10. what a great combo...and perfect the miserable day we are having up here! :)

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  11. Yum!! This sounds and looks amazing! That would have made the perfect lunch today :)

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  12. I think you definitely made tomatoes into a hero here! The soup looks and sounds amazingly good!

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  13. I have to ask. What is sunshine squash.
    scrout1944@msn.com
    By the way, the soup sounds most savory and delicious.

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  14. Looks good. Soup weather has definitely arrived. BTW Sisley's Eau de Campagne fragrance is that scent bottled.

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  15. The cococut milk allows this tomato soup to rise above the rest Dom.

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  16. Thanks Dom - was wondering what to do with the half a tin of coconut milk still in the fridge - you have provided a gorgeous answer!

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  17. Yum, this soup sound fantastic! I will go out to the garden and rescue the last of the tomatoes for this soup. My daughter wanted me to try a tomato soup but just tomato soup sounds boring this instead - devine!Thanks for sharing!

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  18. what a great idea for a challenge and this soup looks perfect for the current chilly weather.

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  19. Now this is my idea of soup! Proper rich flavours and a nice chilly day outside makes me a happy girl ;0)

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  20. Oh man Dom - this is my sort of food - can't tell you how much I'd love a bowl right now!

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  21. You have been busy in your new kitchen Dom! you have 5 new posts since I last worked through my feed reader!

    Lovely soup - will you send some my way please? Anything work well with chilli and coconut I find!

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  22. Well done Dom on the competition! :)

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  23. Bloody hell Dom, you've surpassed yourself again. *clicks print*

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