Hello, I’m back and with, as promised, another recipe and this time its a soup.
I love soup! I love soup for a number of reasons:
- Its comforting
- It’s easy to cook
- You can do anything with it
I always make a huge pot of soup and freeze half of it for lunches whenever you can’t be bothered to cook, and I leave the other half on the stove for a couple of days, adding more bits to it. This one is vegetarian, gluten and dairy free, so it will last a long time, if you cook it and then leave it to cool, when you want to eat some but it in a bowl and microwave it.
So, on to the recipe.
You will need:
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tins of sodium free/low sodium chopped tomatos
- 1 litre of reduced salt vegetable broth (for those eagle-eyed viewers, yes I am using chicken stock, but just because I couldn’t find any vegetable stock!)
- 1 tin of lighter coconut milk
- salt, pepper and Italian seasoning
- Get the largest saucepan you have and put the Olive oil in the pan over a medium-high heat and when its nice and hot add your onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes until softened.
~ I love this part, frying onion and garlic together produces one of the best smells ever!
- Add you tins of tomatoes, brother and Italian seasoning and bring the soup to a boil.
- As soon as it starts boiling, pour in the coconut milk, reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Use and immersion blender to puree the soup and pulse until smooth, and then season with salt and pepper
And there you have it, a basic cream of tomato soup. So I freeze half, ready to go should I need it, or if I just can’t be bothered to cook. And then personally, I like to add Pearl Barley, lentils or split peas to the soup and simmer for an hour-hour and a half and once its thickened up, again I would use an immersion blender to make it nice and smooth, but that’s not completely necessary.
I’ve also added spinach, but that’s because I love spinach. I could add spinach to everything and enjoy it. Spinach makes everything better.
Okay! Spinach devotion over for now.
And again, you can dish this up and freeze the rest. This soup is great for managing weight and avoiding bloating. Tomatoes are full of not just anti-oxidants but also vitamins A, C and E, which is excellent.
If you suffer with excess acid in your stomach, you can still enjoy this, just add a teaspoon and a half of baking soda which should reduce the acidity of the tomatoes. If not, just take a dose of anti-acid before you enjoy.
Do you have a food that you love to cook? What is your signature dish? Leave a comment below and let me know. And don’t forget to leave a comment in the contact me page on what you like to see from the blog.
I’ll see you tomorrow.