Tomato soup is one of the nation’s favourite, any day, time or occasion. It warms us up from the inside out, and never goes out of fashion. The Heinz factory in Wigan, UK produces a staggering 1600 cans every minute (heinz.co.uk). My easy tomato soup is super quick to make an ideal for cheap family meals any day of the year.
Canned foods can contain quite a lot sugar and salt, and we have no control over these amounts. However by cooking from scratch you are able to easily regulate how much sugar and salt goes into your food. As a nation we eat far too much sugar and salt so a little reduction here and there all adds up and makes a difference. You will notice that I do add a little sugar to the soup, this helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes, without it, the soup can be a little bitter. Whenever you are cooking with tomatoes a little sugar will enhance the flavour.
Making cheap family meals does not mean you should sacrifice on taste, far from it. We eat with all of our senses and our nose and eyes are the first senses to let us know if something is going to be tasty. Supermarkets have in store bakeries for a reason – the smell of freshly baked bread is a smell we all adore. Before we have even reached the bread counter we are imagining the warm crusty bread. The same happens at home. If the smells coming from the kitchen are good, we are then already anticipating a lovely meal. We also eat with our eyes, this is especially so for children and they are very quick to decide if they want to eat something just by looking at it. Colourful plates of food are more enticing.
This recipe is a firm favourite in my household and is lightning quick to make. If you are looking for a cheap family meal, try this today!
|Serves: 2 adults and 2 children||Prep Time: 5 mins||Cooking Time: 15 minutes|
|2||cloves garlic crushed|
|4||sundried tomatoes roughly chopped|
|70||grams||low fat creme fraiche|
- Heat the oil in a medium sized pan, add the garlic and fry very gently for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the sun dried tomatoes, stock, tinned tomatoes and sugar. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Whizz the soup with a stick blender. Add the creme fraiche and whizz again to combine.
- Heat through and serve with crusty bread or homemade cheesy crackers.