I thought I would start something new on the blog today and start sharing some of my favourite recipes. I love to bake and cook things from scratch; I really enjoy trying something new and find it quite therapeutic. I wrote a post a little while ago about the things I am looking forward to in Autumn and Winter, however I forgot to mention all the food! I am definitely a foodie, so this time of year I am in my element!
There is nothing better than being tucked up in doors, listening to the rain outside and eating a yummy hot winter soup with fresh crusty bread. I have been loving this tomato and red pepper soup and I thought I would share it with you.
- 2 Red peppers
- 6 tomatoes (or a tin of tomatoes or passata would work too)
- 1 carrot
- 1 large onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 500 mls of chicken or vegetable stock
- 1 table spoon of honey
- 2 table spoons of tomato purée
- 1 table spoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of oregano
- 1 teaspoon of basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
I normally make all of my soups with a soup maker as it makes it so quick and easy. You throw all of the ingredients in and 20 minutes later its blended, cooked and ready to eat. If you don’t have one of those that’s absolutely fine, because a slow cooker or saucepan works perfectly too.
I chop all the veg into small pieces and mix in a blender with the stock. I then pour the blended mixture into a slow cooker/saucepan and mix in the remaining items.
I then give it a good stir and leave to cook for 4/5 hours on low in the slow cooker or 20 minutes in a saucepan.
Finally, I like to top mine with a few homemade toasted croutons and sunflower seeds. I would also recommend serving with your favourite fresh bread.
This soup is so quick and easy to make. Its healthy, full of goodness and great to take to work for lunch too. I make my soups in big batches and then freeze it in individual pots until I need them.
Please remember that recipes are designed to be creative. Feel free to throw in what you have in the cupboards or substitute any of the items you might not have. That’s how I always cook and you can sometimes make the best food that way.