I know what you are thinking, soup in July? But there is something about soup for me which is makes it a good lunchtime dish all year round. One of my all time favourites is tomato soup but whilst you can’t go wrong with a tin of Heinz, I do love making it myself.
Here is a simple recipe for tomato soup, but I have added a flavorsome twist. I was doing my shop for the ingredients and I spotted that my supermarket was selling smoked garlic and I got a little bit of excited (and maybe looked like a bit of an twat in Tesco’s) but I haven’t seen this beautiful ingredient since I was at university and it was in a little shop that my friend worked in.
Ingredients (4 people)
- 1kg tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 4 cloves of smoked garlic, crushed (optional)
- 1 tsp tomato puree
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 pint of vegetable stock
- Mixed herbs
- Score the top of the tomato with a cross and place in a large bowl and cover with boiling water for 5 minutes. This will loosen the skins to make them easier to peel.
- Whilst you wait for this, peel and chop the onion and slice the celery stick. Cook in a big pan until the have softened. Add in the crushed smoked garlic.
- Drain and place back in bowl and cover with cold water to cool down and then peel.
- Chop the tomatoes into quarters and then place in the pan with onion, smoked garlic and celery.
- Add in the pint of vegetable stock, stir and bring to the boil.
- Once boiled add in puree and seasoning – I used salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
- Simmer for 40 minutes, stir and check half-way through.
- Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!
I love to add a crunch with the addition of croutons, but having recently discovered The Great British Biscotti‘s savoury flavour range I thought I would add some to the dish – Indian Spice goes beautifully with this dish. Discover your nearest stockist here.