Here is yet another Martha Stewart soup and I think I like this the best of the three I’ve made recently. I made all three over one weekend, so I got a chance to taste them all at the same time. In this soup, the vegetables are roasted beforehand to bring out the flavour, and man oh man is it some flavour!
Preheat your oven to 425°F and position your oven racks so one is at the very top and one is at the very bottom.
On the bottom tray you’re going to have your eggplant and your chickpeas.
On the top tray will be your tomatoes, carrots, and garlic.
Peel about 12 cloves garlic and peel and chop up about 1/2lb carrots. This equaled 2 large carrots, for me.
Then you need to halve and core about 3lbs plum (Roma) tomatoes. The recipe says that this is about 12 tomatoes, but I ended up with 18 to make that weight. I found the tomato huller tool worked great for this. It took out the top stem bit, and then after I halved them it was great at scooping out the innards.
Toss the tomatoes with the garlic and tomatoes and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Garnish liberally with fresh ground pepper and pinches of sea salt. Spread them in a single layer (if you can) on a rimmed baking sheet with the cut sides of the tomatoes facing downwards.
Chop up 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2lb) into 3/4″ pieces. Of course our grocery store never has the same kind of eggplant two days in a row, so I got 4 baby eggplants instead.
Rinse and drain 1 can of chickpeas. Toss those in with the eggplant, together with 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons curry powder.
Spread that out on a rimmed baking sheet as well.
Roast your vegetables, tomatoes on the top rack, eggplant on the bottom, for 45 minutes. Toss your vegetables halfway through.
Now your tomato skins will be all lovely and wrinkly.
You can just pick them off with a set of tongs. Be careful not to burn yourself.
Once your tomatoes are peeled, dump the contents of the tomato tray (carrots, garlic, skinless tomatoes and juices) into a large saucepan.
Purée the tomato mixture and then add 3-4 cups water.
Stir in the eggplant mixture and bring the whole thing to a simmer.
Serve garnished with fresh cilantro and crusty bread. You can also freeze this soup for later on down the road.