Monday, November 18, 2013

Recipe: Herby Tomato Soup

This is a delicious smooth and rich soup. Was a bit of a use-up originally- chucking whatever I needed to use up in a pan and blending, which is how many brilliant soup flavours were invented I reckon. Makes a nice healthy alternative to the creamy Heinz tomato soup, which I also love, but sometimes I was something a bit fresher "zestier" tasting!

Herby Tomato Soup (serves 3)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 white onion, diced
1 red onion, diced
4 celery sticks, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 potato, peeled and diced
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
800g tomato passata
700ml vegetable stock
100ml skimmed milk
2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
Squeeze of fresh lemon.
Generous handful fresh basil, chopped
Salt, sugar and pepper to taste
(Optional) Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and fresh basil for garnish

1. Fry the onion, celery, carrot and garlic in the olive oil for 8 minutes. Add all other ingredients except the fresh basil, and cook on a medium high heat for 30 minutes.
2. Add the fresh basil, and cook for a further 5 minutes. Blend, season to taste, and serve, with a drizzle of olive oil and some extra fresh basil.

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