I usually make this out of fresh tomatoes, but I didn't have enough as the fridge and cupboard are bare this week! I used tin tomatoes instead. Just another one of those pantry staples that comes in handy when the stocks are running low. I managed to put off grocery shopping for an extra 4 days and still produce enough food to feed a hungry family! Read about it here.
A great winter warmer with thick toast or damper. I like to serve soup with thick slices of bread made from my breadmaker (toasted if you like) or with warm damper. Delicious.
1kg ripe tomatoes (or two tins diced tomatoes)
2 tablespoons oil
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups vegetable stock
1/3 cup tomato paste
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until transparent. Add tomatoes and sugar to pan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
Add stock and tomato paste. Warm through.
Blend soup until smooth. Serve garnished with a drizzle of cream, chopped fresh herbs (basil, parsley, chives) and a sprinkle of parmesan.
Add 1 cup cooked pasta for Tomato and Pasta Soup.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples and I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've raised three happy and healthy kids and I believe that food is central to good communication and a happy and connected life!
I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.