I really love tomato soup and I call this one tomato cream soup because it’s mainly tomato, and you can add the cream after if you want (hint: you should Of all my vegetable soup recipes this one is very special to me. I love most tomato based foods and tomato soup is the first soup I ever tasted, and the first one I ever made! Try this recipe out and see what you think:
* 1 fine chopped onion
* 1 fine chopped celery stick
* 2 fine chopped garlic cloves (trust me)
* 1kg (2lb) 4oz ripe tomatoes
* 2 pints (1.2 litres) vegetable stock
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 tbsp olive oil
* pinch of sugar
* 4 tbsp créme fraîche
* Handful of basil leaves
This tomato cream soup recipe takes about 1hr 30mins and serves four people.
Take a large saucepan and heat the olive oil. Add the carrot, celery, onion & garlic and fry them for 10 minutes. When they are lightly coloured add the tomato purée and stir in. Tip your tomatoes into the pan and add the bay leaves, followed by a sprinkle of sugar and season to taste. Stir the contents of the pan well, cover it and leave it to cook for 10 minutes on a gentle heat.
Take your stock and pour it into the pan. I usually heat and prepare vegetable stock just before I need to add it. Stir it in and bring it all to the boil. Cover the pan and cook gently for 30 mintues. Stir occasionally and After 30 minutes is over take the bay leaves out of the pan start to purée the soup with a hand blender. Once it is smooth pour the soup through a sieve to remove all seeds, skins etc.
Once you are happy that it has been sieved well enough put the soup back into the pan and heat once more. Have a taste and add some salt or pepper if you think it needs it. This is one of the darker coloured vegetable soup recipes, so if you think it needs some more colour and some extra tomato purée. Serve the soup hot and add some créme fraîche and basil leaves. I suggest you do this as it adds some excellent flavour.
And there it is! My tomato cream soup recipe. Sometimes people hold back on the garlic so if you feel that two cloves is too much then just add one, but I do love my garlic vegetable soup recipes.
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