Homemade hearty tomato soup recipe

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Ditch the cans and make your own deliciously easy tomato soup! Not going to lie, the mainstay of my winter lunch menu is soup. I have four varieties on high rotation but one of my favourites is good ol’ classic tomato. 

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  • Makes : 4
  • Prep time : 30 mins
  • Cooking time : 30 mins

Hearty tomato soup ingredients

  • 100g bacon, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • half a brown onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs of plain flour
  • 1 litre of chicken stock
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 800g tin of whole tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • OPTIONAL: thickened cream, chopped flat leaf parsley and grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Method

  • In a casserole pot over medium heat, fry the bacon pieces until they start to brown and crisp up.
  • Add the carrots, onion and garlic to the bacon. Saute for around five minutes until the vegetables start to become tender.
  • Add the tomato paste. Cook, stirring for a minute or two until the paste turns a darker red colour.
  • Add the flour and stir, cooking for a further minute.
  • Add the chicken stock to the casserole pot.
  • In a bowl or jug, crush the tomatoes (and their juice) with a potato masher. Pour the tomatoes into the casserole pot with the vegetables and stock.
  • Add a bay leaf, stir and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • When cooked through, allow to cool slightly and using a stick blender, blend the soup smooth in batches. If using a food processor or blender, allow the soup to cool quite a lot. Do not blend boiling hot liquids.
  • Season and serve. For a creamier soup, add a dollop of thickened cream to each bowl. Top with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Don’t forget some garlic bread dippers!

Notes

  • Browse our recipe section for more great meal ideas and treats to try.
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