Tomato soup

Serves 6-8

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 sticks celery

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • olive oil

  • 2 organic chicken or vegetable stock cubes

  • 2 x 400 g tinned plum tomatoes

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes

  • 1 small bunch fresh basil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

To make your soup:

Peel and roughly slice the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel and slice the garlic. Put a large pan on a medium heat and add a couple of lugs of olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.



Cook for around 10 to 15 minutes with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.



Put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.5 litres of boiling water from the kettle. Stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add to the pan with your tinned and fresh whole tomatoes, including the green stalks that may still be attached to some of them (these give an amazing flavour – trust me!) Give it a good stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Meanwhile, pick your basil leaves.



To serve your soup:

Remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and add the basil leaves. Using a hand blender or liquidizer, pulse the soup until smooth. Season again before dividing between your serving bowls.

Nutritional Information

Tomato soup

Classic and comforting with fresh basil

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Making your own tasty tomato soup is so easy! Give it your own spin with extra herbs and spices
Serves 6-8
45m
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Method

I bet you didn't know it was so easy to make your own tomato soup – this basic recipe won't take more than 45 minutes, depending on how fast you chop, so it's a great one to have up your sleeve. Give it your own twist by adding some of your favourite herbs and spices; try making it thick or thin, chunky or smooth – the possibilities are endless…

To make your soup:
Peel and roughly slice the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Peel and slice the garlic. Put a large pan on a medium heat and add a couple of lugs of olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.

Cook for around 10 to 15 minutes with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.

Put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.5 litres of boiling water from the kettle. Stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add to the pan with your tinned and fresh whole tomatoes, including the green stalks that may still be attached to some of them (these give an amazing flavour – trust me!) Give it a good stir and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on. Meanwhile, pick your basil leaves.

To serve your soup:
Remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper and add the basil leaves. Using a hand blender or liquidizer, pulse the soup until smooth. Season again before dividing between your serving bowls.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 135
    7%
  • Carbs 14.6g
    6%
  • Sugar 12.5g 14%
  • Fat 5.9g 8%
  • Saturates 0.8g 4%
  • Protein 3.5g 8%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • 2 carrots

  • 2 sticks celery

  • 2 medium onions

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • olive oil

  • 2 organic chicken or vegetable stock cubes

  • 2 x 400 g tinned plum tomatoes

  • 6 large ripe tomatoes

  • 1 small bunch fresh basil

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper