Homemade soup is hard to beat. I think I’ve extolled the virtues of homemade soup in my Pumpkin Soup recipe. Once you’ve made homemade soup, you’ll find it hard to go back to the tinned stuff. One of my favourite soups, has to be tomato soup. I love sprinkling some strong cheddar cheese on top and when not low-carbing, there is nothing nicer than dipping big hunks of french bread, slathered in salty butter in. I’m salivating just typing about it! There’s approximately 200 calories per serving, so is perfect if you’re watching your calorie intake, or like me following the intermittent fasting way of living.
- 1.6kg of fresh tomatoes, I prefer plum ones for this recipe
- 400g of tinned chopped tomatoes
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 1tbsp of tomato puree
- 3tbsp of olive oil
- 1 litre of chicken stock (or vegetable)
- 1tbsp of white wine or balsamic vinegar
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
- Put the fresh tomatoes, whole, into a roasting tin and drizzle with 2 of the tablespoons of olive oil and a grind of salt and pepper. Put in the oven for around 30 to 45 minutes.
- In a large pan, sauté the onion in the rest of the olive oil for around 5 minutes, or until they are no longer translucent.
- Next, add in the crushed garlic and chopped carrots and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Add the tablespoon of tomato puree and give the vegetables a good stir, ensuring that they’ve all got a coating of the tomato puree.
- Once cooked, remove the tomatoes (including the skins) from the oven and put in a large saucepan on a low-heat
- Add the sautéed vegetables and tinned tomatoes to the roasted tomatoes and pour in the chicken stock and vinegar.
- Bring the tomato mixture to the boil and simmer for around 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whizz with a hand blender until smooth.
- Taste and season if necessary.
Domestic Princess tips:
- If you want to make this a cream of tomato soup, substitute 200ml of the stock for 200ml of cream.
- As well as being a tasty soup, this can be used as a quick sauce for pasta dishes.
- Add a handful of chopped basil, to make this either a tomato & basil soup, or a tomato & basil pasta sauce.
- If I’m looking to bump up our protein intake, I quite often add in the meat from a small roasted chicken at stage 7.
- If you’re in the UK, September is the perfect month for delicious, ripe tomatoes that are bursting with flavour, so get making!
- Instead of sautéing the garlic, I sometimes put them in the roasting tin with the tomatoes, as roasted garlic has a totally different taste; it takes on a creamy, mellow taste. They typically only need around 15 to 20 minutes, so make sure you time it properly.
- For a smoother soup, sieve before serving.
- This soup freezes really well and can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Do you prefer homemade soup to shop bought? What’s your favourite soup to make?
With much love
The Domestic Princess