I ain’t no chef, but I do love to cook. Usually huge batches of food to last an entire week. It does take a little more work, making so much, but on days where you’re too tired to cook it’s nice to have a healthy meal waiting for you in the fridge.
I’ve only ever made soup once before, it was a tomato one I found online that ended up being real nice, but took well over 20 ingredients to make.
This week I gave myself a challenge – make a super simple home-made tomato soup using nothing but the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years. No recipes, no research, no nothing.
Just a man, a saucepan, and some guesswork.
How did it turn out? Pretty damn good.
And the way I look at it, a recipe this simple, easy, and cheap would be sinful not to share, so now all of you get it, too.
If you do decide to try it out, please do let me know. I’d really love to hear what you think.
- 1 Garlic
- 1 Onion
- 3 Tins of chopped tomatoes (400g each)
- 2 Tins of tomato paste (50 grams each)
- Vegetable stock (1 Pint)
- Fresh Basil
- Salt and pepper
- Finley chop the onion and add it to a saucepan to brown.
- About 30 seconds before its finished, add the chopped garlic. I used an entire bulb, but I love garlic. Unless you’re like me, stick with a couple of cloves.
- A minute later add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock, a good pinch of salt and a huge crack of pepper. Then bring it all up to a boil.
- As soon as the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a very low simmer.
- At this point add the basil. A handful of leaves should be plenty.
- Leave it alone for about 15 minutes, or until reduced enough for your liking, and then chuck it all in a blender until smooth. Done.
It really is that simple, but keep in mind that it makes a pretty huge batch, so adjust it down a bit if you’re looking for a single meals worth.
That said, I’ve very happy with how it turned out. I surprised myself at just how nice it was and it’s something I’ll definitely be making again in the future.