The world's best tomato recipe from someone who used to work at the White House of all places! (plus links to two extra tomato recipes)

Yep. Not kidding here. This is the single best thing you can do to a tomato.

And, the fun part is it is from a cookbook author who started her career working on nuclear energy policy at the White House.

So if you like tomatoes like I like tomatoes, then have I got a fast, easy, totally delicious vegetarian tomato recipe for you . . .

This amazing recipe is courtesy of the ever-talented Ina Garten and her wonderful The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.
Ina Garten recipe: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons good olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions)
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) canned plum tomatoes, with their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken stock or water

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, the butter, and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Pass through a food mill fitted with the coarsest blade. Taste for seasonings. Serve hot or cold.

Pretty delicious, eh? But, hey, what if you are not feeling like soup? Well, if you want your tomato super fast, then try this recipe (a personal favorite, too). And, if you prefer your tomato a little, erm, boozy, then try this recipe from Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon.

Cheers!

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