April 15, 2011

Rustic tomato soup


Everywhere around me people are sneezing and coughing - yep, it's that season again and I am fighting back with this nutritious tomato soup. I always make soups by a bucket full and then freeze some of it for those emergencies when you come home from work hungry and don't know what to cook. I adore simple, no-fuss soups which you can make with the ingredients you are likely to have at home at any time.



This soup is so easy to adapt to your own liking - try adding coconut milk for a creamier taste or different vegetables for a more wholesome soup. You could replace lentils with potatoes and use different herbs, dry or fresh. You could add garlic as well of course, I've left it out but it would be a perfect addition to the vitamin shot you'll get with this soup. I sure hope this soup will work its magic!


Rustic tomato soup 
(serves 4-6)

1 tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
small knob of ginger
1,5 kg tomatoes, cut in quarters
3 tbsp red lentils
1 cup vegetable stock
a few sprigs of fresh thyme
2 handfuls of fresh basil
1 tbsp raw honey
freshly ground black pepper
(coconut milk, optional)

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion and grated ginger and sauté for 2-3 minutes. 

2. Add tomatoes and sauté for a further few minutes. 

3. Add the lentils and the vegetable stock, bring to boil and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

4. Add the herbs, honey and freshly ground black pepper. Using a stab mixer, puree the soup until smooth. Add some coconut milk if you want a creamier taste.

5. Serve with wholegrain or gluten-free bread. 


49 comments:

  1. I'm with you...I think I need a soup weekend. There is nothing like soup and bread. I could live on soup and bread alone. The pictures are wonderful with the rustic features.

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  2. Another great hearty soup, Maria. After seeing all your healthy hearty soups, I am now inspired to make one myself.. I was just contemplating to make an Edamame & potato soup...:)

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  3. This looks absolutely wonderful, I'm so excited for fresh tomato season

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  4. This recipe sounds delicious, as always! The raw honey in it sounds delicious. I love how your recipes are always versatile and you allow for readers to use whatever they have in their pantry!

    Would love to be apple to dip crusty bread in some right now!

    Cheers,
    Andres

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  5. Currently sick and could do with some of this soup :) looks perfect!

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  6. Love healthy, tasty, rustic soups like this!

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  7. Tomato soup is my favourite of all the soups but I find a lot of recipes are quite fatty with lots of oil or cream. Yours sounds delicious and low cal :) perfect!

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  8. Tomatoes and ginger, what a delicious soup!

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  9. I love tomato soup and can't wait to try this one.
    Love your photos by the way!

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  10. damn fine looking tomatoes you got there!

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  11. Yum! I love homemade tomato soup. So much better than the stuff you get in a can!

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  12. I would never think of adding coconut milk to tomato soup - but think I'll have to try it!

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  13. Tomato soup, esp with dash of cream is one of my favorite soups, I'd love to have it with crispy oat bread... divine.

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  14. Do you get to bring home props from your work for your blog? Can't wait for the mag :)

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  15. Hi Ellie :-)

    All the props in my blog are mine. I've always been a hopeless collector ;-)

    Maria
    x

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  16. YUM! What amazing color and flavors.I love tomato soup.

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  17. These colours are so happy-making, when it's all grey and cold outside!

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  18. Magnificent! I can't wait to buy the first tomatoes of the season.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  19. Looks delicious! I love tomatoes and this is a great way to eat them!

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  20. Beautiful shot of the cut tomatoes and herbs! A really lovely soup.

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  21. wow, incredible. i need this soup.

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  22. so inviting soup.. love it..

    new to ur blog n happy to follow for more wonderful recipes..

    do visit me when u get time dear..
    http://comeletseat.blogspot.com

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  23. Looks devine. I have some tomatoes ready to go and with rain forecast for the weekend it will be a cosy meal to make and enjoy indoors. Your blog is beautiful and I love your regular posts. My two year old wakes at 4.30am in the morning and your blog always cheers me at that time of the day when I would rather be in bed.

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  24. Oooh, I could go for some of that right now, I feel a cold coming on! I like to load up my soups with HEAPS of garlic, yum yum!
    P.S. I want your table.

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  25. The soup looks and sounds wonderfully delish any time of year!

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  26. I adore tomato soup. over 10 years ago when I had my wisdom teeth out, I lived on Heinz Big Red tomato soup lol I know that kinda gross but it started me on tomato soup so I dont regret it one bit! x

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  27. that definitely looks rustic and that looks so delicious! I can just fill the warmth of the bowl and flavors! Perfect

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  28. I agree with you, simple and no fuss soups are the greatest. This one's so delicious

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  29. im so hungry looking at this...must be so delish dipping the bread in this soup! never had soup with honey added before..interesting!

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  30. Oh I love homemade soups, just the thought of the comfort level of sitting under a warm blanket with a nice bowl of soup precariously balanced in my lap.
    And you say this one freezes well too, that is so nice, freeze up in individual bowls and I will always have on stand-by - thanks so much for sharing.

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  31. This looks lovely and sounds delicious. I'd love to join you for a bowl. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  32. Ah this looks so delicious! I can't wait to try this with coconut milk! Stay healthy and I'm sure this recipe will help!

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  33. Looks very rustic and homely indeed. I made a tomato soup this week too whilst nursing a throat ulcer. So fillign and yummy.

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  34. You are right, lentils are perfect with this...I have to admit that I've never cooked tomato soup, I've never thought about a tomato soup...for me it's like drinking pasta sauce...I have to try it...and I have yummy coconut milk at home...

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  35. I don't think I've ever seen a more lovely photo of tomato soup, it looks fantastic!!!
    *kisses* HH

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  36. Wow. I love your food styling and propping. You are seriously talented!

    Laura

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  37. I am loving this! Especially the ginger and lentils in there. This will surely be an improvement to the tomato soup that I usually cook. Thanks! And your pictures are amazing as usual.

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  38. Love the styling of the photos.. vintage props perfect for the rusticity!!

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  39. The fact that this is soup season is the one saving grace of winter, as far as I'm concerned! It provides comfort and solace and some degree of consolation when someone has just sneezed a mouthful of germs into your face! And of course, the classic rustic tomato soup is one that should grace every kitchen during these colder, soggier months :)

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  40. Oh I'd love a big bowl of this for lunch today. I can't wait till tomatoes fill the farmers' market this year!!

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  41. I tried the soup today, my parents and I loved it! (even though I didn't have ginger, lentils and fresh basil... hm) thanks so much for sharing!

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  42. I love this! Mmm tomato soup is just divine. I noticed you used honey in your soup. Could you taste this at the end? I've tried using honey with tomato.

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  43. This soup looks so warm and comforting ! combination of basil and tomato always works for me :)

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  44. I love the look of this tomato soup! During my recent visit to New Zealand, the guide cooked up the most delicious tomato soup for us too!

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  45. cannot wait to try this! the only thing not in my pantry right now is the onion - imagine that! lol. saving this to http://cookmarked.com !

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  46. Gorgeous photos! This looks right up my alley..

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  47. With summer coming, I can't wait to try this!
    lovely photos btw!

    Aron
    www.babymine.net
    www.hitheradnthither.net

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  48. yum making this now, i can smell the goodness :)

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  49. OMG! Just made this soup for lunch and it was divine! Thank you so much for the recipe! Definitely one of the best things I have made - ever! :)

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