Simply amazing homemade Tomato Soup with Fresh Tomatoes is delicious. Just 15 minutes and a couple of ingredients to make it, quick & easy!
In Summer tomatoes are abundant in our house. I keep a pocket-sized garden that produces just enough to get us by the week. This year I have 2 plants of tomatoes and one cherry tomato.
We do not particularly like the cherry variety, but I decided to plant it for garnishes, and boy, did the plant provide. At one point there were SO MANY, I decided to make them into a sauce.
The regular variety did ok as well, but the weather was not very kind for tomatoes this year and so the plants are a bit ill and going downhill now.
But, nevermind. We get enough tomatoes from the parents to last us the whole summer. Mitja is basically living on tomatoes these days, as he eats a tomato salad most days for dinner.
As I do not particularly like fresh tomatoes, I consume them in sauces or soup.
By the way, did you know that tomatoes are healthier when you cook them? When cooked the lycopene (a naturally occurring chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their red color) changes to a form, that is more easily used in the body. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that protects cells from damage, prevents cancer and cardiovascular disease.
As we got yet another shipment of extra large and ripe tomatoes, I decided to put them to good use in a soup. Mind you, the tomatoes were so large, I only needed 2 of them, but got enough soup for 4 generous servings. That were vanished in a day by two people. Because tomato soup is simply amazing.
- 1000 grams ripe tomatoes
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 small carrot
- 1 liter vegetable stock
- 2 bay leaves
- salt, pepper to taste
- fresh basil
- dash of balsamic vinegar
- olive oil
- 1 tbs sourcream
- Wash and dry the tomatoes, then chop them roughly. Try to squeeze out excess water and seeds. Peel onion, garlic and carrot. Finely slice onion and garlic cloves and grate the carrot.
- In a soup pot, heat olive oil, then add onions and lightly fry them until translucent. Add grated carrots and garlic, stir-fry for about a minute or two, until the carrots tenderize. Then, add in chopped tomatoes and a dash of balsamic vinegar, stir well and let it cook down for a few minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add vegetable stock, bay leaves and season to taste with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook for about 15 minutes.
- When the tomatoes are cooked, remove the pot from heat, then remove the bay leaves and blend into a smooth soup with a stick blender.
- Roughly chop basil leaves and add to the soup for taste and garnish, add a teaspoon of sour cream and serve.
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How do you like your tomatoes best? Do you have a go-to tomato soup recipe?