Recipe: Easy Tomato Soup

 

I have always believed in simple recipes. This simple tomato soup personifies that approach.

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Easy Tomato Soup

Easy Peasy. Play with this. The traditional recipe is very Mediterranean, but make it Asian if you like with a bit of ginger, some lemon grass, some green chilli and a pinch of turmeric, sprinkled with coriander leaves. I love it this way

6 medium tomatoes, or a tin of chopped, peeled tomatoes 1 Tblspn olive oil 1 clove garlic, chopped finely
2 spring onions chopped finely 1 carrot chopped 1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf 2 Tblspn tomato paste 5 cups vegetable stock
salt and pepper to taste. sugar parsley, chopped

Beforehand: If using fresh tomatoes, place the tomatoes in a bowl of boiling water for 10 seconds. Remove the tomatoes and peel the skin off. Chop tomatoes and set aside.

Heat oil in a large heavy based saucepan. Add the garlic, spring onions and carrot and fry over moderate heat until the vegetables soften, which should take about 5 minutes.

Add the chopped tomatoes and all other ingredients. Bring to the boil, lower the heat and simmer without a lid for 20 minutes.

Remove the thyme and bay leaf, and ladle the soup into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

Pour the soup back into the saucepan.

At the time: Heat the soup gently and cook until heated through. Taste, correct seasoning and add sugar (preferably brown) to counteract any tartness in the tomatoes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley; serve with fresh bread.

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