Gary’s Tomato Soup

Gary's Tomato Soup © 2015 Sue Todd Photography.

Gary’s Tomato Soup © 2015 Sue Todd Photography.

We wanted soup and I had in mind some bread, specifically some focaccia bread via a Paul Hollywood recipe – for which I of course didn’t have the right ingredients as per usual so had to amend it slightly – I’ll post that shortly.  It needed a good soup and we discussed ‘the soup’ and this is what transpired ….

It was wholesome, filling, warm and welcoming.  I ‘needed’ tomatoes and beans, it was cold, I ‘wanted’  rich and warming.  Armed with that Gary went dutifully off to the kitchen bless him.  The long slow cooking brought out the best in the tinned tomatoes and I’m looking forward to trying this with home-grown fresh tomatoes later in the year.  I can’t help thinking that come summer this will be luscious with fresh beans of any kind from the garden in place of the borlotti beans.  So there will be updates on this one I think.

In my ideal world this would have hit the blog at the beginning of March, but life kinda got in the way as it does from time to time.  Indeed we had a plan for the year for our English Country Cooking Blog, but with Gary out of action for several months, once he was on his feet again we had to catch up once more.  Catching up has taken way longer than we thought and I’m not sure we’re there yet, but hey ho, tis the way of the world.  So it’s the end of March and not a word from us … what can I say?  I can say we’re fired up again, but slow because there’s still issues with what we can actually achieve in the course of a day (of course in my mind the endless task list should always be cleared … UGH!), reality slows us down somewhat.  But there will be more and I hope lots, hopefully as I’ve planned it but if not, well let’s face it the world isn’t gonna end is it? (Issues note to inner self to listen to what I write!).

Ingredients for Gary’s Tomato Soup:

  • One medium onion, 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed,
  • 1 tsp of oregano,
  • 1 medium carrot,
  • 1 stick of celery,
  • 1 can of borlotti beans,
  • 2 tbsp of green olives,
  • 500 ml chicken stock,
  • salt and pepper to taste,
  • 2 x 440 ml cans of chopped tomatoes
  • Knob of butter
Gary's Tomato Soup © Sue Todd Photography.

Gary’s Tomato Soup © Sue Todd Photography.

Method – to make Gary’s Tomato Soup:

Chop your onion finely.  Put a heavy based pan on a good heat and melt the knob of butter until its sizzling, then  add the onion and crushed garlic. Fry gently without browning.
Finely chop the carrot and celery and add to the garlic and onion frying until soft.
Next add the oregano, olives and the borlotti beans.
Stir in the stock and tomatoes then season to taste.
Simmer very slowly for one and a half hours or put a lid on and cook in the baking oven of the AGA for one hour, then transfer to the simmering oven for a further 30 mins, stirring occasionally.
Serve with homemade bread and enjoy.

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