Dicing 5 shallots is no fun for me. The flavor, of course, is essential. (And even though this recipe called for 5, I was only able to use 4, thanks to my very long finger nails getting in the way of my knife blade. Fun times.) But I really need to find me some goggles.
This recipe was kind of a pain in the butt. It took me 2 hours total. I definitely should have managed my time more wisely today, but that's certainly not the soup's fault. I would make this again in a heartbeat, though, as long as I have the time. I made 2 changes--omitted one shallot (on accident) and all of the thyme. Because I hate thyme. I will never ever use it again ever. The next time I make it, I might use less red pepper flakes. I love the spice, but everyone else might not. But considering I'm the only one eating it this time around, I'm very happy with it.
I'm not taking a photo yet, because since the soup took 2 hours, I didn't have time to make my croutons. So if I have time tomorrow to make them, I'll then take and post a photo of the soup.
Oh! I almost forgot to mention: I used my immersion blender to blend it. I did not follow the ridiculous steps below.
3 28 ounce cans whole, peeled tomatoes, juices drained and reserved
2 Tbsp brown sugar
5 shallots, minced
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1 1/2 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
3 Tbsp flour
3 cups chicken broth
Heat oven to 450
Line 2 baking sheets with foil. Open cans of tomatoes and pour them into
a strainer over a bowl separating the tomatoes from the juice. Use
your fingers to open the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds (you can trash
them). Place tomatoes flat on the foil lined baking sheet and sprinkle
with brown sugar. Bake for 30 minutes. Let the tomatoes cool.
Mince shallots. Set aside.
Heat butter in a stock pot on medium until foaming. Add shallots, tomato
paste and spices. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally,
until the shallots are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add flour to the shallots and cook until combined, about 30 seconds.
Gradually add reserved tomato juice, chicken broth and roasted tomatoes.
Bring the soup to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer on low,
stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
Remove the pot from the heat and strain the soup to separate the solids
and the liquids. Put the solids in a blender with 2 cups of the liquid
and puree until smooth. Return the puree and the liquids to the pot and
return the pot to the stove. Heat on low for 5 minutes until everything
is hot and combined. Correct seasoning with salt, pepper or brown sugar.