Is it just me or has it gotten a bit… brrrrrrrrrr recently? It’s nice and sunny and everything but still… BRRRRRRRR! I’m not complaining, I love this kind of weather – chilly walks and all that – but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t mourning the end of Summer just a tad.
This is the perfect soup for this time of year and has already cheered me right up. It’s not proper Autumn yet (hold fire on the butternut squash!) but it’s still tasty and warming. As with all soup recipes it’s very forgiving and it won’t matter if you use extra of one thing or leave out something else (within reason). It also, I discovered whilst drunk and desperately trying to source myself some carbs, doubles as a pretty fine pasta sauce. I do love a multi-tasking recipe.
Over the last fortnight I’ve made approximately 14 litres of the stuff and will be eating it for lunch for the foreseeable future (or until butternut squash takes over at least) in an attempt to ward off the traditional change-of-season sniffles.
What you need:
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1l veg stock
A squeeze of tomato puree
4 bay leaves
a generous shake of dried tarragon (or fresh if you like, fancy pants)
What to do:
- Heat your butter and oil in a large pan
2. Add your chopped veg – remember that the smaller you chop it the quicker it’ll cook (that’s science, guys) – and stir around for a few minutes to get coated in the butter and oil. Use a relatively low heat; you want it sweating, not browning
3. Add your crushed garlic and stir, stir, stir for a few more minutes
4. Add your chopped tomatoes, stock, tommy puree, bay leaves and tarragon, simmer for about 30m until the veg is soft and the liquid has reduced and is a bit thicker than when you started
^ see how much it’s reduced? Yeah, that.
5. Fish out the bay leaves and blend
6. Eat with crusty bread, crumbled cheese (because cheese, obviously), a twist of black pepper and a smug expression. That chill won’t be bothering YOU with this lovely stuff warming you from the inside!
^ Yes, that’s an apron. You only spill tomato soup down a new white jumper ONCE before learning that lesson…