Basic Tomato Soup Using a Tin of Tomatoes
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Basic Tomato Soup Using a Tin of Tomatoes

Not much beats a warm bowl of tomato soup with a cheese toastie. It’s somehow both the little black dress of soups as well as the oversized, cable knit grandad jumper. The star of this recipe is a basic tin of tomatoes which makes this soup conveniently cheap and easy to rustle up.

Use this recipe as a guideline and pimp however you please; add chilli flakes if you want a kick, fry half a fennel bulb with the onion if you want to add more veggies or add a tin of butter beans if you want some added chunk.

Basic Tomato Soup Using a Tin of Tomatoes

Basic Tomato Soup Using a Tin of Tomatoes

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Course: LunchDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

The star of this recipe is a basic tin of tomatoes which makes this soup conveniently cheap and easy to rustle up.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or butter

  • 1 onion or a couple of shallots, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1400 g tin of plum tomatoes

  • 250 ml vegetable stock

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • dash milk or cream, optional

  • sea salt, to season

Directions

  • Heat the oil or butter in a large pan and add the onion or shallots. Soften until translucent then add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, stock, bay leaf and sugar. Let bubble and reduce for 10/ 15 minutes.
  • Blitz with a stick blender and add a dash of milk or cream if you’d like. This will add a slight rich, creaminess but it’s not necessary if you want something lighter and fresher. Taste for seasoning and add salt if needed.
  • Garnish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar/ sprinkle of chilli flakes/ chopped basil leaves/ dollop of creme fraiche/ toasted pine nuts or whatever else you can knocking about.

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