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Asellina Roasted Tomato Soup


Asellina Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasting tomatoes for this soup intensifies flavors and makes this a perfect, warming dish throughout the chilly winter. It can be found on the lunch menu at Asellina Ristorante in New York City.

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  • 3 Pounds ripe plum tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ Cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1½ Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ Teaspoon Calabrese chile peppers
  • 1 28-ounce can plum tomatoes, with their juice
  • 4 Cups fresh basil leaves, packed
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 3 Ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (preferably 24-month old)


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Roast the tomatoes with ¼ cup of the olive oil, salt and pepper in a baking sheet for 45 minutes.

In a stockpot set over medium heat, sauté the onions and garlic with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, half of the butter, and the Calabrese chile pepper for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, and vegetable stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. And the cheese and the other half of the butter let melt and serve hot.