There are two awesome things about this recipe. One, that the summer veggies are incredibly cheap this time of year at the farmer’s market, if not available in your own garden, and smell amazing while roasting. Two, that the core recipe is incredibly versatile, and can be changed by adding whatever spice you want. In my case, I had an ex coworker give me a jar of Penzey’s balti mix that I ended out trying with this, and all the spices (there are entirely too fucking many for me to list out individually) played incredibly well with the veggies.
This was also my first time testing out the immersion blender that the amazing paintboxsoapworks got me, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING not having to put all of this in the blender in batches. If you can get one, do it, it’ll make your life so much easier/saner. I probably could’ve gotten it a bit finer, but honestly, this was my first time trying it out, so now I know it for next time!
- 4 carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into two inch pieces
- 4 large tomatoes, quartered and seeded
- 2 medium zucchinis, halved lengthwise and cut into one inch pieces
- 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
- half of one large onion (yellow or white), sliced
- 1 T fresh thyme leaves (I didn’t have fresh so I went with 1 t ground)
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- 2 T olive oil
- 2 C chicken stock (can substitute vegetable stock to make it vegan)
- seasoning of choice (recipe recommends .5 t smoked paprika, I went with several shakes of balti seasoning)
Heat your oven to 400, and place your vegetables on the sheet, placing the garlic at intermittent distances. Sprinkle with sea salt, thyme, and pepper, lightly drizzle on the olive oil, and toss to coat everything.
Roast your vegetables for 45 to 50 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and caramelized. Add your vegetables to the pot with the broth, your seasoning of choice, and more salt and pepper if you so choose. If using an immersion blender, use in the pot and blend until smooth. If using a regular blender, pour your broth and veggies in in batches, blending until smooth and uniform. Either way, heat it through over medium heat to finish.
Have a slice of bread on the side to dip/mop up extra soup, and enjoy a good taste of summer!