Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Seasonal Recipe: Tomato and Pepper Soup

My outdoor tomatoes are beginning to ripen nicely so I reckon you greenhouse growing types must getting near to tomato glut times. We're nowhere near that happy time yet, but a chance encounter with the cheap-because-the-sell-by-date-is-due-today shelf at my local supermarket yielded a goodly crop of ingredients for an instant make-it-up-on-the-spot simple tomato and pepper soup :)

Ingredients
2 litres vegetable stock
1kg tomatoes, whole
2 red peppers, chopped (preferably the ones with the pointy ends)
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method
  1. Place all the ingredients except the seasoning in a large saucepan
  2. Bring to the boil
  3. Ensure the tomatoes are well mashed into the stock
  4. Add seasoning to taste
  5. Simmer for 25 minutes
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary
  7. Whizz everything together with a hand blender
Serves 6-8 with lashings of freshly baked crusty bread - hot or cold depending on the weather and your mood.

Hints, tips and variations
  1. Ham stock makes a great substitute if you've had boiled ham and the resulting stock isn't salty. I find it works well if I've soaked the ham overnight and changed the water before boiling.
  2. If you don't have ham or vegetable stock, then store cupboard vegetable stock cubes make a handy substitute
  3. Peeling the tomatoes is optional - you'll see from the above photo I didn't bother. If you want to use skinless tomatoes, you'll need to put them in a bowl with some boiling water to release the skins from the tomato flesh before adding them to the stock
  4. Any kind of pepper can be used, though if you use green peppers you may also want to add a chopped onion to the recipe. I use pointy ended peppers because they tend to have a better flavour. I also find the tomatoes and red pepper alone have a sweetness and depth of flavour which doesn't need the addition of an onion or herbs for that matter
  5. I used ham stock for the pictured soup and added two heaped handfuls of puy lentils and some finely chopped ham to the soup after the whizzing it with a hand blender stage. Then I simmered it for a further 20 minutes until the lentils were soft. The lentils add a rich earthiness to the flavour and this variation makes a very comforting soup
  6. Petra has kindly reminded me in the comments of this variation I'd forgotten to include: Roasting the tomatoes and pepper in the oven prior to making the soup makes it even more delicious!

11 comments:

  1. I can't wait for the rainy days to come.. :)

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  2. Yummy. We ate our first greenhouse-grown tomatoes yesterday, so the glut is a few weeks away yet, but I will file this away. I even happen to have some ham stock in the freezer which needs a home...

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  3. This is one of my favourite soups! My mum makes it and I had to beg her for the recipe last year. My toms are in full flower with one or two ripening, so exciting!

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  4. That looks and sounds rather tasty, and is something I think that even I could make! Flighty xx

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  5. This sounds great! I recently got some Himalayan pink salt and organic peppercorns from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I'll have to try them out in this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sounds scrummy. Roasting the tomatoes and pepper in the oven prior to making the soup makes it even more delicious!

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  7. I grow my tomatoes in a large Polytunnel and I have been harvesting since 14 June, regularly since 21 June and reached glut proportions ( ie having to get out the dehydrator, freeze, make chutney etc ) since 1 July.

    I am the only person I know who has so many, so early....

    I grow about 10 different varieties and have 50 plants in the PT as well as 10 spares which are outside...and I have been picking from them for several weeks also...

    I must have done something really right this year, although actually I have done nothing differently from my normal routine!

    Mmm tomatoes mmmm - good job we love them so much!

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  8. That looks delicious VP, I'll definitely have a go at that!

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  9. Cecile - I'm not quite sure where that fits in with this recipe as sunny days are needed here for tomato and peppers to ripen. Mind you, you have plenty of that...

    Petoskystone - it was :)

    Janet - you've reminded me, so have I!

    Caro - does this resemble your mum's recipe in any way? Do share...

    Flighty - I specialise in making up simple recipes, so I'm sure you can xx

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  10. Deb - welcome! You probably won't need too much of the salt, but the peppercorns sound just the job.

    Petra - thanks for that - I'd forgotten to mention roasting the peppers and tomatoes in my variations. I'll put that in right now...

    Compostwoman - I am soooooo envious of your polytunnel. Sounds like you'll be using this recipe to hoover up some of your yummy tomatoes :)

    Chris - let us know how you get on :)

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