How to Make Amazing Tomato Soup

by Ellie Davies

My dad grows hundreds of tomatoes every year and this is my favourite way to use them!

Supplies

  • 1 Kilogram Tomatoes
  • 1 Bell pepper or carrot
  • 1 Small onion
  • 1 Liter Vegetable stock
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    We're going to burn the skin off the pepper. Put it directly in the flame until it is black.

    Step 2

    Voila.

    Step 3

    Scrape the blackened skin away. Mine was hard to do as it was homegrown and a really odd shape. When finished wash and chop.

    Step 4

    Put the tomatoes in a pan of boiling water for approximately 30 seconds.

    Step 5

    I went slightly over but no worries. The skin on these will simply peel away b

    Step 6

    Skin all removed. If you want a chunky soup you need to remove the stalks from the tomatoes. Simply cut in half and remove the white sections and seeds.

    Step 7

    Chop an onion (and carrot if you're not using the pepper).

    Step 8

    Heat some oil in a large pan.

    Step 9

    Lightly fry the onions (and carrot) but don't brown.

    Step 10

    Just soften lightly. Then add the peppers (I forgot the photo).

    Step 11

    Add the tomatoes (you can see I missed a skin).

    Step 12

    Let them disintegrate. On a high heat this will take approximately 10 minutes.

    Step 13

    make your own vegetable stock: boil onions, carrots, celery, leeks, cabbage and some fresh herbs in a massive pot of water and leave for a few hours. Strain the water into a jug and you have a stock!

    Step 14

    Remove the stalks. Simply scoop them out using a split spoon.

    Step 15

    All are removed. Add the stock. Leave in on a low heat for about half an hour.

    Step 16

    To purée put in a blender.

    Step 17

    All nicely blended.

    Step 18

    Put it back in the (cleaned) pan through a sieve.

    Step 19

    This removes the seeds. Remember to scrape the bottom of the sieve.

    Step 20

    This is finished! You can keep it for a couple days if you don't want to use it straight away.

    Step 21

    A few fun ways to serve this: Make ice cubes! Seriously, put the soup in a cube tray and freeze. These make a wicked cocktail accompaniment, or a savoury ice lolly!

    Step 22

    Make jelly! Add a sheet of gelatine while its warm then set into shapes. Kids tend to eat their vegetables when they don't know they're eating them! :-P

    Step 23

    Add some vodka to the cold soup and boom it's a cocktail. You can also use it as a base for many pasta/rice dishes. EXPERIMENT!

    Step 24

    Or serve it the Italian way: with olive oil, fresh croutons, shard cheese and freshly cracked black pepper.