Tomato and Basil Soup

6 Mar

Traditional, simple and amazing! This is such an old soup, everyone has had it at some point in their life, and to be honest I think everyone has fallen in love with this soup. It might not be as exotic as other soups, but it is always there and always hits ‘the spot’ .

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Ingredientsthis makes enough soup for 5 people
1500g Tomatoes
3 Large onions
A handful of fresh Basil
Salt and pepper to season

Estimated time: 80 minutes

Directions:

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To start with get a large roasting tray, lightly oil the tray so that the tomatoes won’t stick. Now cut all of the tomatoes in half, it may look like a lot of tomatoes but as you don’t add any other liquid to the soup the more the better! Once halved put them, in the pan/tin trying not to have them piled up. Now peel the onions and cut them in half, roughly chop the halves into chunks and spread them in the tin with the tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper then cover the whole tray with tin foil, this will help to prevent them from burning. Put the tray in the oven at 180c for roughly half an hour. Once the half hour is up take the tin out and shake it so that the tomatoes don’t stick and burn, now put back I the oven for another half hour.

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Once the tomatoes are roasted to your liking, (As long as you keep shaking the tomatoes every so often then you can roast them for almost as long as you like!) scrape half of them into a blender, or food processor and blitz them until there are no real lumps. Pour this into a large saucepan before finishing the rest.

Before you blend the rest of the tomatoes and onions you need to roughly chop the basil. This can be as rough as you want as you can then blend it with the remaining tomatoes until they are the texture that you want them to be.

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Once everything is blended pour it all into the sauce pan and stir it together on a low heat. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and stir in well, keep tasting the soup to get the right balance, because even though people say how bad salt is for you it hugely changes how food tastes. You’ll be amazed at how much just a small amount of salt will add to the flavour of this soup!!

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And that’s that! A beautifully easy and tasty soup. It might not be the quickest soup, but once the tomatoes are in the oven you can forget about hem and go about your day, so really nothing to complain about :p Enjoy it everyone, this soup is brilliant for lunch!!

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