Thursday, 17 November 2011

Double Bubble Easy Tomato Soup!

Yes, indeed!  It's a double challenge this time because Dom from Belleau Kitchen and Jac from Tinned Tomatoes have got together to run 'Random Recipes does No Croutons Required'.  As these are two of my regular challenges I just had to join in.

There weren't any real instructions as to how to choose your Random Recipe this month just that it should be a soup or salad to meet the requirements of No Croutons Required.

I decided to pile up the cookbooks I own,  which actually mention Vegetarian in the title.  The first three have been well used and, I have to say that, looking at the photograph, rather disgustingly grubby (blush).  However, I have probably had them for about 20 + years so maybe not so surprising.
Gail Duff's Vegetarian Cookbook is a fantastic book and was much used in my 'wholefood' period in the late 70's early 80's!  Rose Elliot is, of course, one of the most popular of British Veggie food writers.  And it is interesting to see that Pamela Westland features, as it was her Casserole Cookbook that my last Random Recipe came from.

So with a bit of random magic,  the book of choice was: 

There aren't actually very many soup recipes in this book, I decided to go for the first one I came to and it was EASY TOMATO SOUP.

And there it is!  A lovely creamy soup of the consistency of the famous Heinz Tomato Soup, rich colour and super quick and easy to warm you up on a cold day.

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Easy Tomato Soup
Thick and creamy soup, very quick and easy to make.
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 350g potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 450g fresh tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 400g/14oz tin tomatoes
  • 900ml vegetable stock
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or parsley
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion.2. Fry for 5 minutes then put in potatoes and tomatoes and continue to cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.3. Add the water or stock and bring to the boil.4. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.5. Blend the soup until smooth.  Reheat gently,6. Serve in heated bowls with chopped fresh basil or parsley sprinkled on top.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4


  1. nice and easy does it!... well it does it for me... way hey!!!... lovely looking soup you have there and a nice collection of soup books too! Thanks so much for taking part again, you know we appreciate it xx

  2. Gosh, I had a vegetarian cookbook once. I bought it with my pocket money while at school, not because I was vegetarian, but because I wanted to make beautiful colourful vegetable dishes. It didn't get used an awful lot though and I was quite disappointed as it was chock full of slightly "weird" ingredients. I suppose it was alternative sources of protein and whatnot but if I was vegetarian I would get my protein from normal things like pulses and nuts. I certainly didn't want to use synthetic or hard-to-find ingredients. I was only a schoolchild for goodness sake. I didn't have the ability to source these things or the money for them. Or the confidence to substitute for other things.
    Can't go wrong with tomato soup. I'll bet you enjoyed that.

  3. A love tomato soup and especially home-made, that looks fabulous Janice and a great double entry for NCR and RR.

  4. Tomato soup is my favourite and this looks amazing! Everyone seems to be making tomato soup at the moment :)

  5. Wow - look at that colour! You're right: looks just like Heinz but honestly so much better with all these lovely ingredients.

  6. Looks gorgeously rich and creamy! Tomato soup is definitely one of my favorites - it reminds me of childhood comfort!

  7. I picked up a second hand copy of Gail Duff's Vegetarian Cookbook, I agree its fantastic. And of couse, you cannot go wrong withthe Queen of British Vegetarianism - Rose Elliot.

    Love good tomato soup :)
    I've still to submit a recipe to the challenge too, better get my skates on.

  8. A great entry Janice. You just can't beat a good tomato soup.

  9. came over from dom's! this looks lovely! I really like how tomato soups are so simple yet satisfying, this is perfect for winter (:


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