Tomatoes… or not tomatoes. That is the question.
Truth is, I was looking for a lovely poem on tomatoes on the internet. But I couldn’t find any. At least not one that would emotively describe how beautiful, and divine vine-ripened tomatoes can be, and and how their scent could make one daydream of slurping a creamy tomato soup on a cold winter day.
The near freezing weather doesn’t feel so bad anymore.
If you love tomatoes like I do, you’re going to love this soup. Traditionally sour-cream is used to give tomato soup that rich and creamy flavour but since I don’t have vegan sour cream laying around I just used soy milk, and it worked beautifully. If you don’t have any fresh tomatoes, you can also use canned tomatoes. You’d need about 2 x 400g tomatoes for this recipe. However, if you can, do use fresh vine-ripened tomatoes for a fuller, richer tomato flavour.
Fresh Tomato Soup
A delicious, aromatic and creamy fresh tomatoes soup that will nourish your body and make everything just a little bit better.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large brown onions (diced)
- 5 garlic cloves (minced)
- 7 medium size vine-ripened tomatoes (chopped)
- 4 bay leaves
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 vegetable stock cube (I use Massel)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan and fry the onions over a medium heat until soft but not brown.
- Add the garlic, bay leaves, thyme and then stir so that the spices soak up the olive oil. Add the stock cube, salt, pepper and sugar and stir.
- Add the tomatoes. Break them up slightly with a wooden spoon and stir. Add water and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes.
- Take the soup off the stove and allow to cool slightly then remove the bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
- Puree soup with a blender (or a hand blender). Transfer back into a pan (if using blender) and heat gently. Add the milk, and season to taste.
Safety tip: For blending hot soups using a normal blender, fill less than halfway, remove your blender lid’s centre insert, and then hold a kitchen towel to cover the top while blending.
P.S. If you make this, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or find me on Instagram and share your creation. Don’t forget to tag me @passionatelykeren so I won’t miss your post.