Roast tomato soup with trahanas, Greek-style yoghurt and basil


"Trahanas is a sour-flavoured tiny pebble-shaped pasta made with buttermilk that is generally eaten throughout Greece for breakfast," says Conistis.

You'll need

4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 kg ripe vine-ripened tomatoes, halved 130 ml extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 2 Spanish onions, thinly sliced 3 thyme sprigs 1 tbsp white sugar, plus extra for seasoning 260 gm (1 cup) sheep’s milk yoghurt (see note) 1 small kohlrabi (about 180 gm), coarsely grated ½ cup (loosely packed) basil, thinly sliced 50 gm unsalted butter 195 gm (1 cup) trahanas (see note)   Vegetable stock 100 ml white wine 1 carrot, onion and ripe vine-ripened tomato, coarsely chopped ½ celery stalk, coarsely chopped ½ head of garlic, halved 1 each fresh thyme sprig and bay leaf 1 tsp black peppercorns

Method

  • 01
  • For vegetable stock, place ingredients and 1.5 litres water in a saucepan, bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer until well flavoured (30 minutes). Strain (discard solids) and set aside.
  • 02
  • Blanch 3 garlic cloves until just tender (1-2 minutes) and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Place tomatoes in a single layer in an oven dish, drizzle with 100ml oil, scatter onion, thyme and blanched garlic over and season with salt, pepper and a little sugar. Roast until tender and lightly browned (1 hour), then push through a sieve (discard skins and solids).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, combine yoghurt, kohlrabi, basil, remaining oil and remaining garlic in a bowl, season to taste and refrigerate for flavours to combine (1 hour).
  • 05
  • Bring 1 litre vegetable stock to the boil in a saucepan. Melt butter in a separate saucepan over medium heat, add trahanas and stir occasionally for 2 minutes. Pour stock over and simmer until trahanas is tender (10-12 minutes). Add tomato liquid and sugar, return to the simmer and season to taste. Serve soup hot or cold with a large dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of oil.

Note Trahanas and sheep's-milk yoghurt are available from select Greek delicatessens.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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2012 Driopi, Agiorgitiko Rosé, Peloponnese, Greece.

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