Long-time readers will know that there is no food I hate more than tomatoes. If I use them in cooking they must be cooked to within an inch of their lives and mushed up so that I can’t see that they are actually tomatoes. Raw tomatoes make me sick. After I slice them for salads for other people I have to wash my hands, the knife and the chopping board immediately. Bleeeh.
However, I love Heinz Tomato Soup. I know, I’m weird. This is a recipe for tomato soup that doesn’t taste anything like raw tomatoes, but tastes very yummy. I can see myself bringing this to Uni with me on cold days in a flash; it’s lovely and feeling and makes your tummy feel all warm and happy. Win win.
- 500g ripe tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 orange pepper
- 3 garlic cloves
- 650ml hot vegetable stock
- A teaspoon of sweetener
- 2 slices of wholemeal bread
Preheat the oven to 200C and prepare the vegetables. Quarter the tomatoes, peel and dice the onion, deseed and dice the pepper and peel the garlic cloves. As horrid as tomatoes are, they do look very nice when cut into quarters.
Pop the tomatoes, onion, pepper and garlic in a roasting tin and spray the hell out of it with Fry Light. Toss it together and grind some black pepper over the top. Then roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes, until your house smells amazing and your tummy has started to rumble.
Whilst the vegetables are cooking, chop your bread slices into thick cubes and put them on another baking tray, well sprayed with Fry Light.
Originally I put them in for the last 10 minutes of the vegetables’ cooking time, and they looked like this:
Not good. So I put them in for about 3-5 minutes instead, which seemed to make them crunchy but not incinerated…
When the vegetables are done, take them out and tip them into a large saucepan with the stock and the sweetener. Bring the stock to the boil, then remove from the heat.
All that’s left is to blitz with a hand blender or food processor, tip into warmed bowls and dot the croutons on top. Lovely!
It looks ever nicer than it tastes. Considering I don’t like tomato, it’s amazing how much I like this soup.