It’s unfortunate that our food cravings don’t always coincide with the season. You can’t get a perfectly ripe, juicy peach in January, no matter where it’s been flown in from. You can, however, work with what you’ve got with pretty good results.
There is no substitute for summer tomatoes, which is why you should always do as little as possible to them when cooking in order to take advantage of their flavor. When tomatoes are not at their peak, roasting them really helps. Roast them with garlic, herbs and a little olive oil until they are practically falling apart and toss them with pasta for dinner. Roast a few extra and you’ve got the next day’s lunch, tomato soup.
It’s not quite summer tomato soup, but it’ll do nicely.