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OK It's getting cold in the northern hemisphere , Soup is the order of the day.

Soup is cheap to make, (expensive to buy), If you make it, it can, and should,  have low salt content and be healthy quick and nutritious.

The soup will store in the fridge for up to a week - Although it may not last that long

It freezes well too for longer storage.

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients to make 5 pints:

3 tins of plum or chopped tomato - cheapest you can get.
2 med sized potatoes
1 onion

That's it!

Step 2: Onion

Peel and chop the onion into small bits - no fingers in the pot please - take care.

Add some oil to a pan large enough to hold at least 5 pints. If I feel good I use about 25 gms of butter rather than oil - up to you.

Heat and add the chopped onion. Lower the heat to Medium and cook whilst stirring to get the onion soft not brown or burnt.

Step 3: Tomato

Add the 3 cans of tomato

If you have it add a table spoon of tomato puree (not essential but improves the colour)

Bring to the boil

Step 4: Potato

Peel the Potatoes.

Cut into approximately 1 inch cubes 

Add to the Tomato and onion

Step 5: Vegetable Stock

Crumble 2 Vegetable stock cubes into the mix and add 1 and  1/2 pints of water. (about 1 ltr)

Stir and bring to the boil

Once boiling turn down the heat and simmer for 20 or 30 minutes to cook the potato and onion.

After cooking time is up Add 1/2 pint of milk. (about 300 ml)

If you have them add 6 or 7 Basil leaves - not essential, just a nice flavour with the tomato.

Using a stick blender  blitz the soup until all the solid material has been blended in - The potato will act as a thickener.

Taste and season to your liking. You should not need much salt - about a flat tea spoon is about right but also add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the tomato soup to lift the tomato taste.

If the soup is too thick for you add a little more water.

If it is too thin add another potato and cook for another 20 minutes before blending again.

The soup will store in the fridge for up to a week - Although it may not last that long (cold and hungry people can smell out good soup a mile away)

It freezes well too for longer storage.

Step 6: Versatile Recipe

The soup base is very versatile

Change the tomato for 2 chopped leeks and you have delicious leek and potato soup.

Change the tomato for butter nut or other squash and the potato for sweet potato - The sweet potato and squash can be cut into chunks and roasted in the oven for 45 minutes first if you have time.

Change the tomato for leftover chicken and a couple of chicken stock cubes - you have chicken soup.

Make the tomato and after blitzing add a handful of frozen cubed veg and you have a hearty veg soup.

Change the tomato for a pack of frozen peas and you have!!!!

Pretty much anything can replace the tomato for a really healthy meal.

To make more of a meal add pasta shapes rice or pearl barley and cook for 20 minutes
YEp ABout a kilo of fresh tomatoe. <br> <br>If you dislike tomato try adding a little more sugar until it's to your taste Most people will eat Ketchup who don't eat Tomatoes.
Just finished a bowl full and it was fantastic, my Dad said he would have it again and hes hard to please.<br> <br> I made a few changes,&nbsp;<br> <br> 1250g fresh tomatoes covered with boiling water few a few mins and then peeled (which is a&nbsp;fantastically&nbsp;gross fun job)<br> <br> I added a 3rd&nbsp;potato&nbsp;about half way in, i&nbsp;chopped&nbsp;it very fine so to was cooked through by the end of the 30 mins.<br> <br> For seasoning I used 1tea spoon of dried mixed herds, &nbsp;1/4 tea spoon of curry&nbsp;powder, and a bout 10 grinds on the dried&nbsp;chili&nbsp;grinder. &nbsp;I like it&nbsp;spicy. &nbsp;<br> <br> I replaced the salt with a teaspoon of universal seasoning, its of polish origin has MSG, dried garlic and other things in,<br> <br> I added a bit more&nbsp;tomato&nbsp;puree about 2 table spoons.<br> <br> Its a fantastic way of using up those small&nbsp;tomatoes&nbsp;that we have way to many of.<br> <br> Might try it with sweet&nbsp;potato&nbsp;some time.<br> <br> <br>
Interesting, my mother makes a tomato soup from fresh tomatoes, i personally think its vile and dont like it one bit.<br> <br> I do like the sound of this though, what weight of fresh tomatoes do you think it would take?<br> <br> Could you use left over boiled potato, I sometimes add one to a can of&nbsp;tomatoes&nbsp;soup and bend to get a very thick soup.&nbsp;
well i did the maths of 3 x 400g tins so ill try about 1200g of fresh peeled tomatoes for a start.
When we watch the grands they like tomajto ... tomato soup with<br> <br> <em>Moon Crackers</em>&nbsp; and they really enjoy eating it&nbsp; <strong>Without a Spoon</strong>.<br> <br> We let them use 7/16&quot; or 11mm&nbsp; I.D. plastic&nbsp; <em>Sraws</em>&nbsp; <strong>:-)</strong><br> <br> A
You will want to discourage bubbling :-(
:-) Soup up the walls!
I like to dunk my home made bread in it so straws out of the question! <br> <br>Sounds like a project though next time the rug rats come over.
Looks delicious! I love the bright color.
The tomato pur&eacute;e adds a lot of colour.# <br> <br>As for taste? i may be biased but it's a lot better than canned. After eating this you realise how much salt and sugar tinned soup has in it.
Mmmm! Love tomato soup!
M mmmm! me too - And all the rest

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