Tomato soup...the real stuff

It's winter, it's cold and it's definitely the season for soup, it's a hug in a bowl. Soup is one of my favourite meals for lunch because it's really filling and a great way to get your vegetables in mid-day without having to stick to tupperwear greens and meat. It's such a heartwarming dish and sometimes, all you want is soup and a sandwich, especially on a rainy day. Sit inside cuddled up dunking your bread in hot tomato soup.....hmmmm.

But, if you’re going to have soup it has to be homemade. Soup that comes from a tin or a packet are full of sugar and salt, no good for you and definitely not as tasty as making it yourself. The thing is, making soup is so easy, even if you don’t have a soup maker and you can make batches of it so it lasts a while.

You will need:

13 salad/vine tomatoes
1 onion
2 cloves of garlic
800m of vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup of milk
Handful of chopped basil leaves
1 tsp of Italian herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tbps of butter

(Serves 4)

1.    Chop your onions and garlic then add the onions to a pan of melted butter and stir on a medium heat until golden (around 2 mins).
2.    Add the garlic and stir for another minute
3.    Add your stock and milk to the pan and leave to simmer for 10 minutes, the mix should be slightly bubbling but not frantically, stir occasionally.
4.    Whilst the mix is cooing, chop your tomatoes and add with the basil, herbs, salt and pepper.
5.    Leave the soup for a further 20 mins, the mix should be slightly bubbling again.
6.    Depending on whether you have a hand blender, a jug or a small blender either:
Take the heat off the pan and blend with the hand blender until all of the vegetables have been blended
Place your soup in the blender once cooled slightly (do it in batches if you have a small blender and have bowls ready)
7.    Serve hot with a delicious crusty roll 

Eryn x 

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