Tomato & Potato Broth

23 Jan

This is soo good for cold days! If you’re like me, you hate the cold; and I am bloomin’ freezing down here on the Isle of Wight!! This is a different broth, but where the flavours aren’t too over powering you can use it as a base and then add your own flavours creating your own ideal broth 😀

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Ingredients:

  • 10 Medium/Large Tomatoes
  • 2 Large Onions
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic
  • 700g Potatoes
  • 1lt Chicken/Veg Stock
  • 1/2tsp Dried Basil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bacon for topping- optional
  • Estimated time: 50 minutes

Directions

Firstly the tomatoes, when making soup with tomatoes I like to roast them as this brings out the sweetness in them and adds more flavour to the final product. So cut the tomatoes in half and put them in a roasting tin with a bit of olive oil.
Now for the onions, these need to be peeled and chopped roughly into about 8 pieces and chucked into the tin with the tomatoes followed the by the garlic which again you need to peel and then half. You don’t want to chop any of them too small otherwise they will burn while roasting leaving you with a bitter soup!

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Once they are all in the tin you can sprinkle with salt and pepper to season along with about 1/2tsp of dried basil. Once sprinkled over cover the tin with tin foil and bake in the oven at 180 degrees for roughly 35 minutes. After 20 minutes take the tin out of the oven and carefully peel back the tin foil and using a spoon move around all the veg just to make sure that they don’t stick and burn, cover with foil and put back into the oven for a further 10 minutes. To be honest at this stage the longer you allow them to roast the better the flavour, but if you want to eat quickly, then half an hour is enough time to get a nice flavour out of it all!

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While the tomatoes are roasting peel and dice the potatoes into bite size chunks…I would say roughly 1cm cubes is about the right size because when they cook they will absorb the liquid so you don’t want them too small or they will just become mush.
So stock…homemade or ready bought, which one is better? I can honestly say that I don’t have a clue. Everything (savoury) we make at work uses freshly made stock from chicken carcasses or beef bones and vegetable stock from vegetables, and yes they do make amazing sauces but at the same time so do the ready bought stock cubes from supermarkets. And the ready bought ones do not require you to roast carcasses and don’t take hours to boil and reduce. So really, it is completely up to you which you use, if you have the time to make a stock from scratch then go for it and well done because I know that I am way too lazy to make one, and in all honesty carcasses creep me out!

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Right so tangent over, whichever stock you use you need a litre of it! Put your chopped potatoes in a large saucepan and pour the stock over them. Bring this to the boil and then allow to simmer for 5-10 minutes as you want the potatoes to start cooking slowly. You only want to part cook them as they will continue to cook when the tomatoes are added and the soup.
Hopefully the tomatoes are now ready and can be blitzed using any sort of blender, the one I’ve used is actually for smoothies and drinks, but it works just as well. Be careful when taking off the foil as the steam is ridiculously painful! Scrape the tomatoes, onions and garlic into the blender and blitz until relatively smooth, although if you want it to be completely smooth or chunky then just blend appropriately!
As soon as you get it to the consistency that you want pour it into the saucepan with the potato. Now spoon some of the potato, with a bit of into the blender and blend it to a smooth paste. Pour this back into the soup and bring it all up to a gentle simmer.
Finally you just need to season the soup with salt and pepper to your taste 🙂 If needed you can add more herbs to balance the flavours.

The bacon, if chosen to use, just needs to be cooked in the oven at 180 degrees until nice and crispy. Then once you have served the soup crumble it on top before serving.

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Easy and very tasty! What’s great is from this you can easily adapt it to add your own vegetables and create your own broths!!

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