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Classic Tomato Soup

Classic Tomato Soup

This is a beautiful classic tomato soup that has been a part of my cooking repertoire for many years. When I make soups in my home, I go for simplicity and freshness, so that I can immerse my senses in the unadulterated flavour of the ingredients. I don’t use a vegetable stock, I use plain filtered water as I find that using stock can sometimes interfere and complicate that naturalness of this soup. Adding 1 red apple adds a wonderful hint of sweetness and a generous grind of black pepper makes the finishing touch.

What’s great about it:
Technically a fruit, tomatoes are loved around the world for their versatility, rich red colour and flavour. Tomatoes are a wonderful source of vitamin B6, C, K, beta-carotene, potassium and manganese. The lycopene (phytonutrient) in tomatoes has been linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer. A touch of cinnamon helps stabilise blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. It supports digestion and can also help relieve nausea. Black pepper is great for digestive health. It stimulates stomach acid secretion, which preps the body for proper digestion. Black pepper can help to minimise IBS symptoms and ward off nasty infections – an absolute must-have in the pantry!

1.5 kg (3  1/2 lb ) ripe tomatoes – I used Roma
2  onions, diced
Pinch cinnamon
1 red apple, chopped with the skin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
500 ml (2 cups / 17 1/2 fl oz) water

Sauté onions in a pot with 1 tablespoon olive oil over a medium heat until softened.
Chop tomatoes and add to the pot along with the red apple.
Mix through and add cinnamon.
Add 1 cup of water, cover and simmer over a low heat for 40 minutes or until wonderfully aromatic and thickened.
Season with a little sea salt and pepper.
Blend the soup until smooth.  I used my Vitamix.
Pour the soup back into your pot.
Adjust consistency by adding more water if necessary.
Serve in bowls and enjoy.
Serves 4

INSPIRATION:
Add a little smoked paprika when simmering.
Top with sautéed cherry tomato and parsley.
Serve with fresh baked sourdough topped with goats feta.

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13 Responses to “Classic Tomato Soup”
  1. Melanie says:

    Hi Teresa,

    this looks lovely – thank you :) It will be hubby and I’s entrée tonight! But I can’t find the nutritional info anywhere……….am I missing it or are you able to pop it up for me and others? Thanks again.

  2. Marie says:

    This is delicious. The tiny bit of cinnamon adds a lovely piquancy.

  3. Alicia says:

    Hi Teresa – great simple recipe, can you suggest a substitute for the apple where you can’t have any Polyols? Thanks

  4. Em says:

    Hi Teresa, this soup is delicious – had it for dinner tonight with your Quinoa bread recipe. I am wondering if leftovers can be frozen? If not how long will it last in the fridge for? Thanks!

  5. Erica says:

    Hi Teresa

    I made this delicious soup today. So simple and so flavourful. Blending in a high speed blender certainly takes care of the skin and seeds. I made a basil pesto to top it with.

    Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Kerry says:

    Hi Teresa, this recipe sounds great and I plan to try it. However, do you have any tips to substitute the onion for something else? Onions are used in so many recipes but with diverticular problems adapting recipes can be challenging!
    Thanks heaps

  7. Jenny says:

    This was delightful, thanks Teresa. Even my 8-year-old, who hates tomato but loves cinnamon, enjoyed it. :-)

  8. Barb says:

    Thanks for another divine and nutritious recipe, a lovely lady gave me some home grown tomatoes and had with some crusty bread spread with danish feta … heaven!

  9. Elisa says:

    I loooove tomatoes, but never saw the combination with apples. Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    Love,
    Elisa

  10. Veronica says:

    The tomatoes we grew this year weren’t great, but somehow this recipe turned them onto a great soup. We had it with warm damper, even my 9yo who usually prefers food that is white. It was the simplicity that appealed to her, while we adults just jujed ours up with salt and pepper.

  11. Katherine says:

    I just finished eating a bowl of this soup. I was looking for a tomato soup recipe that didn’t have potato in it. This soup is so simple, but so delicious. The cinnamon makes it. Do try it, it is delicious!
    I didn’t have any red apples, so I used green – still fantastic.

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