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Charred tomato soup & cheesy toasties 

Make a big batch of soup and freeze. Simply defrost in 15 minutes for a quick and easy mid-week meal! 

Charred tomato soup & cheesy toasties

Serves 4-6 


1kg tomatoes, quartered 
1 onion, quartered 
Glug canola or olive oil 
2 tsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp chilli flakes (optional) 
Salt and milled pepper 
¼ cup brown sugar 
6 cloves garlic, sliced 
4 sprigs each rosemary and thyme 
2 ½-3 cups chicken or vegetable stock 
Handful fresh basil + extra for serving 
Squeeze lemon juice  

For the cheesy toasties 

1/4 cup butter, softened 
1 bulb garlic 
4-6 slices of crusty bread 
200g grated Cheddar or Gouda 


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. 
  2. Place tomatoes and onions on a baking tray, cut side facing up. Drizzle with oil, add seasonings and sugar. 
  3. Roast about 45 minutes until charred and fragrant. Set aside. 
  4. Cut the top of garlic bulb off so cloves are just exposed. Drizzle with oil and season. Wrap in foil or baking paper and roast for 35-40 minutes. Cool and reserve for toast. 
  5. Heat oil in a pot and sauté sliced garlic until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. 
  6. Add rosemary and thyme and cook for another minute until fragrant. 
  7. Tip in roasted tomato mixture, including pan juices. Add stock and simmer, covered, for 15-20 minutes. 
  8. Remove herb stalks, add basil and blend until smooth. Season to taste with the lemon juice.
  9. For the cheesy toasties, squeeze the soft roasted flesh of garlic out. Combine butter and garlic until smooth. 
  10. Spread on the outside of each slice of bread. Top half the slices with cheese, then sandwich close. Toast in a hot pan until golden and cheese has melted. 
  11. Slice the toast and serve with hot soup, garnished with basil.


By: Gail Damon
Photographs: Zhann Solomons
Recipe and styling: Gail Damon 

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