Solar Roasted Vegetable Soup

Can’t get flavorsome tomatoes at your local market? Not a problem, even mediocre tomatoes will shine after an hour or so in the Sun Oven. The times given on this recipe are just a suggestion, the longer the veggies roast the better they taste.

Sun Oven Roasted Tomato Soup

Ingredients

1 pound Roma tomatoes, halved

1 red bell pepper, quartered and seeded

1 red onion, quartered

2 cloves garlic, unpeeled

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cups vegetable broth

a pinch of sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

4 to 5 fresh basil leaves

additional olive oil for serving

Cooked pasta, about 1 cup dry (optional)

Preparation

In a large roasting pan toss the vegetables with the oil, cover and roast in the Sun Oven until the vegetables are very tender, 1 1/2 to 3 hours. Leave the Sun Oven out if completing the soup on the same day. (do ahead: the vegetables can be prepared up to this point and refrigerated overnight in an airtight container.) Put the vegetables in a food processor with 1 cup of the broth; process until pureed. Place a strainer over a large pot. Press the puree through the strainer into the pot. Add the remaining broth and the sugar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and transfer the pot to the Sun Oven until heated through, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir in pasta if using. Ladle soup into bowls, garnish with basil leaves and a drizzle of oil.

Makes 4 servings

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