Tomato and Basil Soup

This really is the best tomato soup I’ve ever tasted if I do say so myself. I’m so happy with the recipe and it’s effortlessly simple. It’s so rich and bursting with tomato flavour you could even use it as a pasta sauce or sauce for pizza bases as the texture would be perfect for them as it’s thicker than your every day soup.

I used sun dried tomatoes in oil (drained) as the base of the recipe which gives a richly enhanced tomato flavour. This honestly tastes like the flavours of the Mediterranean in a bowl.

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 tin chopped tomatoes

125g sun dried tomatoes in oil – drained

2 cloves garlic – minced

250ml vegetable stock

1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar

Salt and cracked black pepper to season

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 tablespoon butter

Method

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a low heat, add your minced garlic, stirring all the time.

Now add the sun-dried tomatoes, draining off any excess oil.

Stirring all the time add your chopped tomatoes, stock, sugar and dried basil.

Simmer over a low heat for approximately 10-12 minutes. Season to your liking and blend until smooth.

Tip: Adding fresh basil and a swirl of cream is optional.