Last weekend I roasted tomatoes to make The Delicious Miss Dahl’s ‘Roasted Tomato and Thyme Soup‘. The soup was good but not brilliant. I wish I had just smeared the roasted garlic on toast and topped it with the roast tomatoes. That would have been brilliant.
The next day for lunch I did do a quicker version. I pan fried cherry tomatoes and then rubbed garlic onto toast before topping with the blistered, juicy tomatoes. A good pinch of Maldon sea salt and a grinding of pepper. YUM.
But I still wanted tomato soup. So I tried again the other night. I think my body is craving vitamin C. So for the record this is what I put together.
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup of white wine
3 tins of whole peeled tomato
good chicken stock
a good pinch of salt and grind of pepper
a good pinch or 2 of sugar
(in hindsight maybe a splash of balsamic and Worcestershire like Miss Dahl’s recipe calls for would be good)
Gently saute the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt. Pour in the wine and let it bubble away for a few minutes. Add the whole peeled tomatoes and however much stock you want (about 500ml/750ml). Leave it to simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour. Blitz it up and pour through a sieve. Add salt, pepper and sugar to taste and warm through again. I guess you could add cream at this point if you wanted a creamy soup.
Delicious! We had it for dinner with a baguette to share. The next day I had the beginnings of a head cold, sneezing, sneezing and more sneezing. I didn’t want to eat anything but I wanted something warm but not tea or coffee. Then I remembered I had a little leftover soup. I warmed it up and put it in a mug and sipped on it for lunch. Oh my goodness. So good. Instantly cured. Not quite but I did feel very happy and comforted.
Just a side note. The chicken stock probably was the hero of this soup. Easy homemade chicken stock. Sunday night was roast chicken – my 8 year olds favourite meal. (His absolute favourite meal so much so that when he discovered that one of the chooks in his Grandparents chook house had died he wasn’t saddened or disturbed but instead he exclaimed ‘Hooray, we can have roast chicken’ – don’t worry, we didn’t)
Once the meal was served and leftovers were packed away I put the remains in the stock pot with onion, celery, carrot, rosemary, bay,peppercorns and a couple of litres of water and let it bubble away for several hours while we did our usual Sunday night ironing and folding in front of the tv. A very worthwhile little exercise – both the stock and ironing, folding and watching Masterchef.