Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Tomato & Garlic Soup with Vegetables

My soupy summer continues; we picked several baskets of tomatoes from the garden yesterday, along with some zucchini, and soup was the result. This is a very garlicky Mexican style soup; you can use less garlic if you like, but it really is very good with the full amount.

6 servings
30 minutes prep time

Tomato and Garlic Soup with Vegetables
Make the Broth:
1 stalk of celery
1 medium onion
OR 4 shallots
6 to 8 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon olive or other oil
4 cups diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 or 3 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Wash and chop the celery. Peel the onion or shallots, and slice them. Peel and slice the garlic. Heat the oil in a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pot, and sauté the celery and onion or shallots gently until the onion shows signs of browning. Add the garlic slices, and continue sautéing until the garlic is softened and very fragrant; don't let it get more than lightly browned.

While the celery and alliums are sautéing, wash and chop or slice the tomatoes coarsely. Add them to the skillet, and cook for about 10 or 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, but otherwise keeping them covered.

Put the cooked vegetables into a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth. Return the soup to the pot. Use the two cups of water to swish out the blender, and add it to the soup as well, with the seasonings. Let the soup simmer gently while you prepare the vegetables.

Finish the Soup:
2 medium zucchini
1 tablespoon olive or other oil
2 cups small cauliflower florets
1 cup diced green beans
2 cups of water

Wash and slice the zucchini, and sauté it until softened and lightly browned in the oil. Add them to the soup. Meanwhile, have the cauliflower and green beans prepared, and cook them in the water until just tender. Add them to the soup as well. Let the soup simmer for about 5 minutes to blend the flavours.


luckiest1 said...

This looks really yummy, just my kind of soup. Now if my tomatoes would ever ripen, we'd be in business. ;)

Ferdzy said...

Yeah, Luckiest1, mine too. I think I had better be digging out my recipes for green tomatoes this year.

Sophie said...

What a divine & yummie tasty looking soup!!!

Ferdzy said...

Thanks, Sophie.