The Best Tomato and Basil Soup ever!

You might be wondering why I feel my Tomato and Basil soup is better than anyone else’s? It’s pure and simple. My husband proposed to me after eating a bowl of this! So it must have been pretty good!

Soon after, I sold my flat, left my job, friends, family and packed everything in a van to relocate to Scotland which was  just over 4 years ago and I haven’t looked back! It was the best decision of my life. So this soup recipe is pretty special…….and it tastes blooming lovely too!

It’s also great if you are a Weight Watcher as it’s low in calories. My soup is packed with healthy vegetables including tomatoes which contain lycoprene and are good for your heart. The tomatoes in this were certainly good for my husband’s heart when he proposed! So girls, if you want your boyfriend to propose, then I highly recommend inviting him around for lunch and putting a hot bowl of this fabulous soup in front of him!

I often batch cook my homemade soup as it freezes well and is great as a starter, light lunch or snack. I hope you enjoy my recipe as much as we do. I occasionally make it with the addition of a chopped sweet or white potato to make it thicker. It’s up to you. If you haven’t got any fresh basil then just use some pesto out of a jar instead.

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Ingredients

1.5kg of tomatoes (vine, cherry or a mixture)

3 sticks of celery

5 crushed garlic cloves

A teaspoon each of garlic and onion granules

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil

A 400g can of chopped tomatoes

2 vegetable stock cubes

1 tablespoon each of tomato puree and ketchup

Enough water from the kettle to almost cover all the vegetables

Method

You can either bring everything to the boil in a big stock pot with a lid and simmer on the hob on a low heat for around 15 to 20 minutes or cook in an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker on Manual for 5 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release for 10 minutes.

To prepare everything,  first chop all the vegetables and add to the pot with the basil, reserving some of basil to garnish after cooking

Add the canned tomatoes, tomato puree, ketchup, stock cubes, fresh garlic, garlic granules, onion granules and enough water to almost cover everything as some water will be released by the tomatoes during cooking. You can always add more water later after blending if needed.

Cook as above then remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly before blending in batches in a liquidizer or use a hand held blender to blend in the cooking pot.

Serve garnished with more fresh basil, maybe a swirl of creme freche and big chunks of crusty bread or homemade sourdough bread to dunk in. Absolutely delicious!

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