Sometimes you just can’t beat a comforting bowl of tomato soup, no matter what the weather. I used to enjoy a bowl of soup from a can when I was a child in the 70’s but homemade soup is the ultimate comfort food if you ask me. Plus it’s quick, easy and full of healthy stuff.
I find this is especially satisfying to the soul, and the stomach, if I add a thick slice of fresh crusty bread and maybe a wedge of mature cheddar.
If you’re watching the calories don’t bother frying the veg, just put all the ingredients (except the milk) in a pan and simmer away. It genuinely tastes just as wonderful.
Classic Tomato Soup Recipe
Makes 4 large bowls or 6 medium sized bowls
- A tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- About 200g of carrots, peeled or scrubbed and chopped
- About 100g of potato, peeled and chopped
- 800ml of stock
- 2 bayleaves
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon each of oregano and basil
- A generous splash of milk (or cream if you’re feeling indulgent)
- Fry the onion, carrot and garlic gently in the oil for about 5 minutes. Add the potato to the mix, and continue to cook for a few minutes, at which point the starchy spuds will probably have started to stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Pour in the tomatoes and bay leaves, stir. Add your hot stock and simmer, with a lid on your pan, for about 20 minutes until the veg is tender.
- Fish out the bay leaves, pour in the milk if you’re using it, and blend the soup. Have a wee taste and season with salt and pepper if you think it needs it.
To serve try one, or all, of these…
- This would be nice with chopped fresh basil
- Thickly sliced crusty bread and butter
- Oatcakes and cheese
- A swirl of basil or chilli oil