It's finally tomato time. This year we're growing our own tomatoes on our windowsill (here's a post about their first progress). To celebrate the occasion and to get some practice before the big tomato harvest begins we made a lovely tomato soup at home, heavily influenced by this Nigel Slater recipe. When it's hot outside and you can hardly move, let alone stand by a hob, this soup really is the perfect thing to make. The sweetness of the tomato and the fragrant basil make it a light but tasty dinner best enjoyed with a glass of wine or some mint and lemon infused water. 

200g ripe tomatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
400g plum tomatoes (or passata)
a bunch of basil leaves
2-4 slices of stale bread (or toasted)

Start by roughly chopping your ripe tomatoes. Warm up the olive oil in a pan, then add the peeled and sliced garlic cloves and let them soften for a minute or two. Add both the chopped tomatoes and the can of plum tomatoes and follow with some water. Add salt, pepper, sugar, oregano and in my case spicy paprika powder. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer for half an hour. Add the basil leaves and season with salt and pepper (if needed, I'm a salt fiend!) and continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Cut thick slices of bread and line the bottom of soup bowls with it. Pour over the soup , then serve with a splash of olive oil and a few fresh leaves of basil. Voilà!

Here's a little glimpse of our tomatoes. There's so many green ones, I can't wait to taste them and start making chutney, salads, sauces and soups with them! 

Lilly Wolf