Sunday, February 24, 2008

How to cook tomato soup

Cherry tomato soup recipe

A nice piping hot bowl of tomato soup is always a great addition to any meal. Especially if you have some fresh homegrown tomatoes, a tomato soup is a dish that truly brings out the flavor of the tomato.

To serve 3-4 people you will need the following ingredients:
  • 500 grams of cherry tomatoes, or about 2 whole packets of cherry tomatoes (slice each cherry tomato into half, no need to peel)
  • An onion, chopped into slices.
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500 ml of chicken stock
  • 5 grams of butter
  • A little oil (sunflower or olive is fine)
  • Salt and pepper
You will need the follow equipment as well:
  • Electric blender
  • Medium sized metal pot (at least large enough for everything to go in)
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large bowl
Step 1 - Melt the butter in the metal pot and add the oil on medium heat.
Step 2 - Add in the sliced onions and fry them.
Step 3 - Add in the chopped garlic and stir, continue frying.
Step 4 - When the onions have started to cook, add in all the cherry tomato halves.
Step 5 - Continue stirring the mixture to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed. Let the tomatoes cook for a while but keep stirring to prevent burning.
Step 6 - Pour in all the chicken stock.
Step 7 - Stir again and bring the mixture to a boil.
Step 8 - Cover the pan and let it simmer for 30 minutes.
Step 9 - All ingredients in your soup should be soft and well cooked. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for a while before transferring some of the mixture to the blender.
Step 10 - Cover the blender and blend for about 20 seconds, then pour the soup into the bowl and carry on with the remaining mixture in the pot until everything has been blended.
Step 11 - Pour the soup back into the pot, stir gently to ensure an even mixture, add salt and pepper and garnish with some basil leaves. Reheat if needed. There is no need to sieve the mixture.
Step 12 - Scoop into smaller bowls and serve hot with some toasted bread.


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