Winter Tomato Soup with Chèvre and Basil

When you don’t have tomatoes fresh from the garden…

This soup was created out of a longing for light summer food in the middle of winter!

Winter Tomato Soup with Chèvre & Basil
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 15 mins

A tomato soup to make during the cold winter months, when you don't have fresh sunripened tomatoes from the garden, bringing a little taste of summer to the table.

Category: Soup
Style: Australian
Keyword: Garlic, Gluten Free, Gluten Free Tomato Soup, Goats Cheese, Red Onion, Tomato, Tomato Soup, Vegan Tomato Soup Option, Vegetarian, Vegetarian Tomato Soup, Winter Soup
Quantity: 8
Author: sbaskitchen
  • 1 kg Roma tomatoes cored and quartered
  • 1 large red onion peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 head of garlic cloves removed and skin on
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced basil leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sea salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • To Serve
  • 80 g chévre/goats cheese
  • sprigs of fresh parsley
  • extra virgin olive oil to drizzle
  • fresh ground black pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F.
  2. Place the tomatoes, red onion and garlic into a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until everything was nice and soft, and there was a little charring starting to happen.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool a little
  5. Heat a large stockpot over medium-low heat and add the olive oil.
  6. Toss in the diced onion, carrot and celery and sauté until the onion is translucent.
  7. Meanwhile remove the skins from the tomatoes (they should just slip off), and slip the garlic out of its skin.
  8. Add the tomatoes, red onion and garlic to the pot and stir to combine.
  9. Add the chicken stock and tomato paste and bring to the boil. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the heat and allow to cool a little.
  11. Add the basil into the bowl of a blender or food processor, and then add the soup and blend to purée (you may need to do this in batches).
  12. Return the soup to a clean pot, carefully reheat and adjust seasoning (you may need to add a little more sugar, depending on the acidity of the tomatoes).
  13. Serve hot finished with slices of chévre, sprigs of fresh basil, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a grind of freshly ground black pepper.
  • Feel free to use canned tomatoes or tomato passata, I'm sure that they would work perfectly well
  • I am looking forward to trying this with garden fresh, heirloom tomatoes in the summer.  I am sure that I would not need as much, if any, tomato paste then.
  • For vegan alternative, omit the chèvre.