Monday, 1 October 2012

Beautiful Tomatoes...the sunshine of Italy


Tomatoes, the staple ingredient of, let's say, 80% of Italian cooking and to be perfectly honest why wouldn't they be when they taste soooo amazing here. We are enjoying the fruits of our tomato harvest in salads, pasta sauces, paninis and piling them in our chest freezer ready for winter. One little treat though, home-made tomato soup (really easy)with home made bread...and I think it went down well:

If you want to give it a try this serves a good 6 people:
2 large (ish) onions
3-4 garlic cloves
A splash of olive oil
2 lb / 1 kg of tomatoes
1pt / 550ml vegetable stock
4 basil leaves
Salt and Pepper

Chop the onions and garlic and fry gently in the olive oil over a low to medium heat until soft. Meanwhile skin the tomatoes and roughly chop into a pan. Add the onions and garlic. Add the vegetable stock and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend (I find a hand blender easiest). Chop or tear and add the basil leaves and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Eat with lots of yummy bread!

As my boys are pasta monsters, I also cook a couple of handfuls of small pasta shapes and chuck it in at the end. Let me know if you try any other variations!!