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