This is a great way of using up the end of season home grown tomatoes, those which you have to harvest whilst still green, and ripen in a box in the windowsill…or just buy some! It’s such an easy recipe, but does need a decent blender, if you don’t have one and you use a different processor, you may need to strain the soup to remove the tomato seeds.
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Creamy Tomato Soup
The recipe calls for one of my new discoveries – Oatly Crème Fraiche – you can pick it up in some supermarkets or your local health food shop. If you can’t find it, use soya cream instead…but the consistency is not quite the same! The soup seems to prefer oats to soya beans! I don’t often use factory made products in my food, but Oatly do seem to have sound policies in most things that are important to me, and sometimes it’s about compromise!
- 2 kilos fresh tomatoes cut in half
- 3 whole garlic cloves peeled
- 350 ml vegetable stock of your choice I use Bouillon to keep things simple here
- The zest of one large orange
- 1 dessertspoon of cider vinegar
- A pinch of celery salt
- A tiny pinch of cayenne
- One 200g tub of Oatly Crème Fraiche
- Place the tomatoes and garlic in a deep roasting tray (be warned there will be lots of juice from the tomatoes once cooked, so don’t use a shallow one)
- Roast in a low oven (180c) for 50 mins, turn your oven down if the veg are browning, you just want to soften them by slow roasting
- Once the tomatoes and garlic are soft and nicely roasted, place them in the blender with all of the other ingredients except the crème fraiche; blend until you have smooth soup (this may mean more than one batch depending on the size of your machine)
- Season to taste – I just add black pepper, as the bouillon is already quite salty
- Add the crème fraiche and blend for just a few seconds – don’t over blend at this stage as it may split
- Warm gently in a saucepan
- Serve with a sprinkling of herbs of your choice, with crusty bread
Ah, happy memories of childhood comfort food!