Smoked Garlic and Tomato soup with Indian Spice Biscotti

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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Drain and place back in bowl and cover with cold water to cool down and then peel.
  4. Chop the tomatoes into quarters and then place in the pan with onion, smoked garlic and  celery.
  5. Add in the pint of vegetable stock, stir and bring to the boil.
  6. Once boiled add in puree and seasoning – I used salt, pepper and mixed herbs.
  7. Simmer for 40 minutes, stir and check half-way through.
  8. Transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
  9. 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.