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Roast tomato minestrone


You'll need

600 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, large ones halved 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tsp finely chopped thyme, plus 3 extra sprigs 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped Finely grated rind of 1 lemon 70 ml olive oil 1 Spanish onion, finely chopped 1 red capsicum, finely chopped 4 vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped 4 basil sprigs, plus extra leaves to serve 3 oregano sprigs 80 gm small soup pasta, such as stelline or tubetti 1 tbsp aged red wine vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Spread cherry tomatoes on an oven tray in a single layer. Combine vinegar, chopped thyme, one-third of garlic, lemon rind and 30ml oil in a small bowl, season to taste then drizzle over tomatoes. Roast until very tender and lightly browned (30-35 minutes). Set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add onion, capsicum and remaining garlic and stir occasionally until very tender and starting to caramelise (8-10 minutes). Add chopped tomato and stir occasionally until pulpy (4-5 minutes). Add herb sprigs and 1.5 litres water, season to taste, bring to the boil, reduce heat to medium and simmer until well flavoured (15-20 minutes). Increase heat to medium-high, bring to the boil, then, stirring continuously, add pasta and return to the boil. Add roast tomatoes and pan juices and stir occasionally until pasta is al dente (4-5 minutes). Remove herb sprigs, add vinegar, adjust seasoning and serve hot or warm, scattered with extra basil.
This recipe is from the March 2013 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Meaty red barbera.

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