Luxury Tomato and Basil Soup

tomato and basil soupThis recipe was born out of leftovers and we ended up enjoying it more than the meal I made the night before! I had made Onion Cannelloni from Aldo Zilli’s “The Zilli Cook Book” and consequently had a huge amount of half caramelised onion left over. I used this to form the base of my soup along with some basil donated by a friend. I made the bread with a Lidl ciabatta bread mix. I think ciabatta was a bit of an odd bread mix to sell as it inevitably would never work properly, but it was still very nice.

Serves 4Left-over-onion

Cooking time: 45m – 1h
total time: 1h- 1h15

Ingredients

2 large onions, chopped
75g butter (or lighter alternative)
1 crushed garlic clove
15ml balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
15g parmesan cheese, grated
1 tbsp olive oil
750g ‘salad’ tomatoes (the biggish ones), halved
a handful of cherry tomatoes
1 400g tin of good quality chopped tomatoes
50g chopped basil
1 tsp vegetable stock powder
100-200 ml boiling water depending how you like it.
salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c
  2. Melt the butter in a large pot and then add garlic, onion, sugar and vinegar.
  3. Cook on a low heat for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and slightly caramelised. Add parmasan once this is done.
  4. Meanwhile, place the halved salad tomatoes and whole cherry tomatoes onto a oiled baking tray and roast for 20 minutes.
  5. One the onion has caramelised, add the tinned tomatoes and half of the fresh basil to the pot. Cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Take the tomatoes out the oven and add to the pot along with the remaining basil.
  7. Add the vegetable stock powder and water. Cook for a further 10 minutes.
  8. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then scoop into a blender, do this in stages if necessary. If, like me, you don’t have a blender, use a hand blender. If you don’t have one of these, then they are super cheap in any super market!
  9. Blend the soup until it is almost smooth. Tip back into the pot if using a blender and reheat before serving with nice bread.

Chopped up basil

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