There's nothing nicer than a hearty bowl of soup on a cold day. Whether it's for lunch, dinner or just to warm you up after a brisk walk or a day at the footy. This Tomato soup is great because it can be prepped in 10 mins before leaving the house and be ready for you getting back in. It's great when you have a glut of tomatoes that need using from the reduced section, and not much else but, by adding a few store cupboard ingredients you have a filling bowl of goodness in no time. This recipe is easy to follow and can be easily adapted to suit your families tastes as I've given you a few options. I didn't have carrots so used a red pepper,didnt have lentils,so used oats etc....its so easy to adapt basic recipes to what you have available. Why not give this a try and let us know how you got on in the comments below. We love to hear your feedback x
Slice the Onions.
Cut the bigger tomatoes into quarters.
Dice the Pepper.
Dice the S. Onion
Switch the Slow Cooker on to High and add the onion and garlic
Add the Pepper
Add all the tomatoes -I used 2 punnets of Cherry and 1 pkt of Salad tomatoes
Add the Tomato puree,Herbs,Balsamic,Bay Leaves,Chives,Sugar,S&P
Crumble over the stock cube.
Add the Spring Onion
Stir everything through.
No liquid is needed as the steam the SC produces will turn to liquid..
Place the lid on and cook for 3hrs on high or 5hrs on Low.
As you can see you have lots of liquid once cooked.
Remove the Bay Leaves and discard.
Add the Oats and stir through.
You can add at the beginning but I prefer this was as you can adjust how much you use.
Replace the lid and allow the Oats to melt into the liquid for 10-15mns. This will thicken the soup.
Switch off the SC.
Add 1/2 the milk.
Blend till smooth using a stick blender or transferring to a blender jug. Add the remaining milk
until you get the desired consistency you like-(you may not need to add all of it)
or more stock/ water if required.
Taste and adjust the seasoning if required.
Serve hot with a garnish of Spring onion and some crusty bread to dip in.
Fresh tomatoes for tinned (×2).
Onion for Shallots.
Oats for Lentils.
Pepper for Carrot.
Balsamic for Soy Sauce or Worcestershire.
Vegetable stock for Chicken/Beef.
Dried Bay Leaves for Fresh
Tip:- Add some cream or cream cheese before serving to make it extra rich,
Grated carrot will thicken the soup if you don't /cant use oats.
Sprinkle over a few Chilli flakes for a little added heat.