Gonna start this post by saying, I really don’t like soup. That might be a weird way to start a recipe about soup, but listen – I don’t like soup and yet I made a soup so miraculously tasty that I sent photos of it to my friends saying “Look at this amazing soup I made!”. It’s a soup so delicious that I froze the four extra portions I made and am looking forward to having them for lunches in the upcoming weeks. It’s a soup that made someone who hates soup enthusiastic about soup, and therefore it’s a soup of wonder.
Have I said the word “soup” enough, yet?
This is also an excellent “Soup for beginners”. It has very few ingredients, doesn’t take a huge amount of time, but looks incredibly fancy so you can feel immensely proud of yourself when you serve it to people. And so you should feel proud! Look at the amazing soup you just made!
This soup is also saving my diet at the moment, too. I’m currently doing the 5:2, and this soup works out at 70 calories for a 400g-ish portion. It’s also tasty enough that I don’t feel deprived when it’s all I have for dinner, and filling enough that it stops me from gnawing at my bedside tables. Although if you’re not dieting, I reckon some crusty white bread and salted butter would go down a treat with this soup.
If you prefer your soup thick, increase the final boiling time. Otherwise, enjoy.
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 2 vegetable stock cubes
- 2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
- 6 large ripe vine tomatoes, cut into wedges, stalks included
- 70g frozen carrots
- A large bunch of basil
- Put a big saucepan on a medium heat. Add a little oil and sweat the onion and garlic for five minutes
- Add the stock cubes, tinned tomatoes, vine tomatoes and carrots to the pan. Fill the cans with hot water, swill, and tip into the pan. Stir well
- Remove 12 basil leaves and set aside. Put the rest of the basil into the pan and add a lid. Bring to the boil
- Tip the lid so that steam can escape and turn down the heat so that the soup is simmering vigorously. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 mins or so and topping up with water if desired
- Blitz in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Serve immediately with the basil leaves on top of the soup