Tag Archives: Tomato

Creamy Tomato & Mascarpone Soup

13 Apr

Serves 4-5 people

Today I like to share with you, my version of this ultimate classic: creamy tomato soup.  Somehow this soup never bores, it is again very easy to prepare and utterly delicious. The mascarpone gives the soup the silky, velvety texture that makes it smooth and creamy. It is a bit richer yet so satisfying, a true comfort soup! I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. of olive oil

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

1 red onion, diced

1 carrot, diced

500g of Cherry Tomatoes, washed and cut into halves

1 can/400gr of chopped tomatoes

1tsp. of brown (cane) sugar

3 tbsp. of Mascarpone cheese

750mL vegetable stock

Salt & pepper

Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Preparation

Heat the olive oil on medium heat in your stockpot. Sauté the onion and when they are about done add the garlic.  Once translucent add the roughly chopped carrot, cherry tomatoes and the teaspoon of sugar. Toss the ingredients and add the can of chopped tomatoes. Stir gently and simmer for 10 minutes.

Pour in your stock and bring to boil. Once boiling reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Turn off the heat and let the soup cool down for a few minutes. Then purée the ingredients with a hand blender in the stockpot or puree in batches in your blender.  Return the soup to a clean pan and stir in the mascarpone thoroughly. Reheat but don’t boil and season to taste with (sea) salt and coarsely ground pepper.

When ready to serve, ladle into bowls, garnish with a teaspoon of mascarpone, sprinkle with fresh basil and a turn of the pepper mill.

Bon Appetite 😉

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Roasted Tomato Soup

30 Jan

Roasted Tomato Soup

Serves 4-6 people

‘You like tomato and I like tomaato’. Browsing the web you will find many, many recipes for tomato soup. Today I would like to share my version of roasted tomato soup, a recipe well loved within my family. When my son came home from the school the other day, I asked him to taste the soup while I was finishing up.  He tasted, said nothing and tasted again and again. Suddenly, I felt nervous and asked him whether something was wrong. He started smiling and told me he could be a better judge if he could taste a bowl full :-)! I truly hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as he does.

Ingredients

2 tbsp.  of olive oil

4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 red onion, diced

1Kg Roma tomatoes, washed and sliced lengthwise

1 red Romano pepper, washed and cut into 4 pieces

1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. brown or light brown sugar

1 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried oregano

50g fresh basil, chopped (40g into the soup/10g to sprinkle on top)

1 can/400gr of chopped tomatoes

750mL vegetable stock

salt & pepper

Preparation

 

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C. or 350  degrees F.

Wash the Roma tomatoes and slice lengthwise. Wash and cut the Romano pepper lengthwise into 4 pieces. Arrange the Roma tomatoes and Romano pepper, skin side down, on a roasting tray.

Place the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat gently until the sugar is melted. Once the syrup is ready, use your pastry brush to apply the syrup to the tomatoes and pepper pieces.  Now you’re ready to place the sliced tomatoes and pepper in the oven and roast for about 50 min. up to 1 hour.

While the tomatoes and pepper are in the oven, heat the olive oil in a stockpot over medium heat. Sauté the onion and when they are about done add the garlic, thyme and oregano.  Sauté for another 5 min.  Then add the can of chopped tomatoes and chopped basil. Stir the mixture, reduce the heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.

Once the tomatoes and pepper are roasted, allow them to cool off slightly before peeling off the skin. Once done, place them back in the roasting tray and pour in your stock. Leave for a minute and carefully transfer all the ingredients and stock to your stockpot, leaving nothing behind. Continue to simmer the soup covered for 30 minutes and stir occasionally.

Turn off the heat and let the soup cool down for a few minutes. Then purée the ingredients with a hand blender in the stockpot or puree in batches in your blender. Once done, pour soup back into the stockpot and season with salt and pepper.  Ladle into the bowls, sprinkle with fresh basil, a turn of the pepper mill and serve with a piece of Ciabatta bread.

Bon Appetite 😉