Hearty Tomato Soup
This Hearty Tomato Soup is a family favourite. My mum created it and always receives high praise every time she makes it. Its tangy yet sweet due to the splash of fresh orange juice that is added. When in season, replace the tinned tomatoes with home grown ones!
1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
4 celery sticks
2 large carrots (or roughly 250g)
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 large orange, juice of
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp oregano, fresh or dried
2 sprigs of rosemary
pinch of salt and pepper
splash olive oil ( or roughly 2 tbsp)
Parmesan flakes for serving
Peel the carrots and chop alongside the onion and washed celery. Heat a large pot at medium heat and add the olive oil, then add the carrots, onion and celery and sauté for a couple of minutes. Peel and roughly chop the garlic and add to the pot along with the oregano and de-stemmed rosemary. Sauté for a minute more, then add the orange juice and tomatoes.
Wait until the mixture heats up, then taste to see if the soup needs the added tsp sugar. If so, add. Now add salt and pepper, and turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, and cook for 30 min.
Turn of the heat and blend the tomato soup, either with a handheld blender or transfer over to a food processor and blend smooth.
Serve with parmesan shavings, alongside homemade foccacia, see Here for that recipe.