This delicious tomato soup was inspired by last week’s Harvest Moon and all the vine ripened tomatoes gathered from my mom’s generous vegetable garden. In mid September, we had a couple of good frosts so I had a number of tomatoes just begging to be transformed into a delicious and comforting meal.
For us folks living in the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox (or beginning of Fall) arrived this past Sunday afternoon. Feeling a “little under the weather” (the cold and flu season is now upon us), the girls and I said goodbye to the end of the summer in our comfy pjs and welcomed the Fall with a warm bowl of soup.
Originally, my intention was to add some coconut milk to the roasted veggies and broth, but instead I opted for hulled millet to make each bowl uber-nutritious and filling. When cooked and blended, millet can be creamy in texture. This makes it one of the most versatile grains.
As well, hulled millet is packed with fiber, B vitamins, essential amino acids and protein (that’s right – protein!), but don’t get too bogged down with the nutrients in foods. Adding any whole grains to your diet will assist your body in creating or maintaining a healthy environment. When choosing and consuming foods, just remember “whole” and try to vary it up.
This is my Harvest Moon Soup. 🙂 Easy and so comforting.
ROASTED TOMATO SOUP
- 4 very ripe medium-sized tomatoes
- 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cups vegan and gluten-free broth
- 1/2 cup hulled millet, rinsed
- sea salt and ground pepper
- dried basil or parsley
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut tomatoes, onion, and red pepper into wedges. Toss cut veggies, including the unpeeled garlic (nothing like roasted garlic!), with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and ground pepper.
Roast veggies on a baking sheet for about 45 minutes until lightly browned and tender. Once roasted and a little cooled, squeeze garlic cloves to release the peel. Transfer roasted veggies and peeled garlic to a soup pot. Add soup stock and hulled millet; bring to a boil. Turn heat to medium, add salt, pepper, and dried basil to taste. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes. If you want a creamier soup with little or no texture, simmer the soup longer (about 30-40 minutes) until the millet is very soft.
Using an immersion blender, blend together all the ingredients. You may also cool the soup and transfer to a food processor for blending.
Serve soup topped with diced basil or parsley.