Anderson favors the classic tomato soup accompaniment: a grilled cheese sandwich. He likes to use French baguette for the bread, and prefers an assertive cheese such asDrunken Goat, a Spanish goat’s-milk cheese that has been cured with red wine.
To give his tomato soup maximum flavor, Anderson roasts the tomatoes and mirepoix, then combines them with tomato paste to deepen the flavor. He finishes the soup with crème fraîche to give it an especially silky texture.
- Medium carrots, 4 (roughly chopped)
- Medium yellow onions, 2 (roughly chopped)
- Medium leek, 1 (roughly chopped)
- Tomatoes on the vine, 4 pounds (quartered, vine reserved)
- Thyme sprigs, 8
- Kosher salt, 1 tablespoon (plus more to taste)
- Freshly ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon (plus more to taste)
- Extra-virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons
- Water, 8 cups plus 3 tablespoons, divided
- Tomato paste, one 6-ounce can
- Crème fraîche, ¼ cup (plus extra for serving)
1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Into the bowl of a food processor, add the:
- Chopped carrots
- Chopped onions
- Chopped leek
2. Turn the ground vegetables out onto a rimmed baking sheet, spread into an even layer. On another rimmed sheet pan, place the:
- Tomato quarters
- Thyme sprigs
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil
3. Rotate the pan with the ground vegetables and continue roasting until the tops are browned, about another 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and scrape the roasted vegetables into the pot with the vegetable liquid and tomato vine (set the pan aside). Add:
- 8 cups water
Start bringing the water to a boil over high heat.
4. Set the sheet pan used to roast the vegetables over a medium burner and add the:
Cook until the tomato paste darkens, about 45 seconds, then add the remaining:
- 3 tablespoons water
Use the wooden spoon to stir and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add this mixture to the pot with the vegetables, tomato vine and water. Once the water has come to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the stock tastes full-flavored, about 40 minutes. Set a fine-mesh sieve over a large bowl and strain the stock. Clean the pot and pour the strained stock back into it.
5. Meanwhile, heat the broiler to high and cook the tomatoes under the broiler until they are nearly black on top, about 5 minutes.
Discard the thyme sprigs.
6. Scrape the roasted tomatoes into the pot with the strained stock and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the tomatoes collapse completely, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and cool 10 minutes before blending in batches or use an immersion blender to purée the soup. Once the soup is smooth, add:
- ¼ cup crème fraîche
Blend again and add more salt and pepper if needed. Divide into 2 bowls and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche.