½cupparmesan cheesegrated ( + extra for serving with soup)
Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350 - 450 degrees F).
Meanwhile, wash and core the tomatoes. Peel and slice the onions into ½-inch slices. Skewer the onion slices to ensure they do not fall through the grate. Using a grill brush, brush the vegetables with oil and season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste.
Using tongs, arrange the tomatoes and onions on the grill over direct heat. Grill with the lid closed for 8 to 10 minutes turning once or twice. Grill until the tomatoes are tender and the skins wrinkle and start to brown. Remove the tomatoes and onions and place them on a cutting board to cool. (see notes)
While the tomatoes and onions are cooling, add more coals to the fire if needed to maintain a medium-high cooking temperature. Place a cast-iron Dutch oven on the grill to preheat.
Remove the cooled onions from the skewers and dice. Add the onions, thyme, garlic, and vegetable stock to the preheated Dutch oven.
Using clean hands remove the tomato skins from the grilled tomatoes. Hand-squeeze each tomato into a bowl breaking it apart breaking them into smaller pieces. Do the same to the canned tomatoes.
Carefully, pour the tomatoes into the Dutch oven. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer with the lid on the Dutch oven, adding coals to the open fire as needed for 20 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the olive oil and garlic powder in a small bowl. Slice the bread on a bias into twelve ½-inch pieces. Brush the seasoned olive oil onto the bread on both sides.
Place the prepared bread on the grill around the Dutch oven. Grill over low heat until golden brown turning, once. Add the parmesan cheese, then cover the grill with the lid until the parmesan has melted.
Remove the toast as it gets ready and then the pot of soup. Serve the soup hot with grilled toast, fresh basil, and more parmesan cheese, if desired.
Alternatively, this recipe can be made on the stovetop by roasting the tomatoes and onions in the oven.The tomatoes may not all get ready at the same time. You may need to remove some of the tomatoes before others.
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