Tomato soup overview

Basic Homemade Tomato Soup

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Happy Sunday!

Except it is not a Sunday. I planned to have this post up on Sunday but life didn't go as I planned. I initially wanted to post this recipe on a Sunday, because we love soup on Sunday's. Peter often says Sundays are made for soup. At least in our home. Sunday is often the day when we want something light, simple and full of vegetables. I love cooking, but we also love going out for dinner. We like trying new restaurants, or to go out and enjoy our trusted, favourite restaurants with friends. So, especially when we've had a food and drinks heavy Friday and/or Saturday, then there is nothing nicer than having a nice cup of warm soup on a Sunday.

So now that we have established that I eat soup on a regular basis, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favourite soup recipes on the blog this coming month. Starting with this basic tomato soup. Tomato soup is one of the best. I have lovely childhood memories of eating tomato soup on a Sunday afternoon (yes Sunday's were for soup years ago as well) with fresh warm bread from our local baker. It is really simple to make from scratch, ready in about 40 minutes, including prep time, and if you have a good base then it is customisable every time to keep it interesting. I've combined this soup with all kinds of toppings (think of mozzarella and basil or a dollop of walnut pesto) and I'm still not bored. Having a good basic tomato soup recipe in your recipe book is something that will enrich your cooking in my opinion. Because who doesn't like a tasty tomato soup?

Soup is warm, hearty, comforting. It is great during the cold winter months, cause honestly, I'm usually not in the mood for a salad when it is close to freezing outside. Maybe some people are, but me, nope. Salads are for summer, soup is my ultimate replacement for salads in the winter. Soup is great. It can be stuffed with all your favourite vegetables, just like you would stuff your salad. It's healthy, can easily be meat-free and most importantly it is warm. Warm food during winter is just the best, don't you think?

Basic Homemade Tomato Soup


4 bowls of soup

Ingredients

  • 600 gr. cherry tomatoes
  • 800 ml. vegetable stock
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Additional toppings:

  • some cream
  • basil
  • chunks of mozzarella
  • vermicelli
  • anything you like in your tomato soup

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, fry off the onions in some olive oil on low heat until they are super soft and translucent, but not brown. Add the washed cherry tomatoes and stir to combine the onions with the tomatoes. Stir occasionally and leave the tomatoes to cook in the pot until they are rimpled on the outside and start to break down.
  2. Add the vegetable stock (the water should just cover the tomatoes), stir and bring to a boil. Put a lid on the pot, turn the heat down low and leave the soup to simmer for 30 minutes to develop the flavours.
  3. After 30 min, remove the lid and get yourself a powerful stick blender. Blend the soup in the pot until you can no longer see and feel any pieces of tomato. Add the balsamic vinegar and have a taste. Add some salt and/or crushed black pepper to taste and serve with some warm bread and any toppings you like. Enjoy!

Notes

  • I like to use cherry tomatoes, because they are normally sweeter and full of tomato flavour. But you can use any tomato you like for this recipe.
  • Sometimes your batch of tomatoes will be slightly more acidic than sweet. To balance the sweetness in the end, I like to add a tbsp. of sugar when this happens. You could also use a little bit less balsamic vinegar, but honestly, this won't really add more sweetness, it will mostly just diminish the depth of the overall flavour, so I recommend the first option.
tags:   Lunch, Dinner, Soup, Vegetarian, Tomato