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Friday, 15 February 2013

Simple Tomato Soup

This is a simple tomato soup, flavoursome and quick to make.

Here's what you need for approx 6 portions; 50g butter, 50g plain flour, 1 medium onion, couple cloves garlic, large tin tomatoes (780g), couple stock cubes and about 1litre water.

Now, this is what we do with it

1) Peel and roughly chop the onion and garlic and put them in the pan with the butter

2) Over a medium heat melt the butter and sweat the onions and garlic

3) Add the flour, stirring to combine with the butter

4) Add the tomatoes, continuing to stir to combine everything.

5) Add the water, increase the heat and bring to the boil.  As the soup heats, the flour will continue to thicken it.

6) Add the stock cubes and season with salt & pepper.  I also like to add about 25g of sugar.  The sugar helps combat the acid in the tomatoes.

7) Once the soup has boiled and you are happy with the consistency, blitz with a hand-held blitzer.

8) Serve while hot, adding a swirl of cream or chill and refrigerate for up to 4 days.