Mediterranean Tomato Soup

Mediterranean Tomato Soup

 

This is a thick tomato soup made with plum tomatoes and chopped basil leaves to give it an Italian flavour. The bowls of soup are sprinkled with mozzarella cheese and garnished with extra basil leaves. Just serve with lovely, fresh crusty bread.

 

Mediterranean Tomato Soup
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 450g (1 lb) plum tomatoes (6–8)
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • strip of lemon rind
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus extra for garnishing
  • 600ml (20 fl oz) good vegetable or chicken stock (2½ cups)
  • 28g (1 oz) butter (2 tbsp, or ¼ stick)
  • 28g (1 oz) flour (1 tbsp)
  • 85g (3 oz) mozzarella cheese, grated/shredded (¾ cup)

  • To serve
  • fresh crusty bread

  • Equipment
  • a blender or liquidiser


  1. Method
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and, using a teaspoon, scoop out the seeds.

  3. Put the tomatoes, onion and carrot into a large pan along with the lemon rind, bay leaf, seasoning and basil.

  4. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Then reduce the heat, cover the pan, and let it simmer for 30 minutes.

  5. Leave to cool for 5 minutes and then liquidise.

  6. In a clean pan, melt the butter and then stir in the flour. Let it cook over a low heat for 2 minutes.

  7. Now, slowly, pour in the liquidised mixture, stirring constantly until blended. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and let it simmer for a further 2 minutes.

  8. Divide between four soup bowls and sprinkle the cheese in the centre of the soup. Serve immediately garnished with the reserved basil leaves and crusty bread.

  9. Tip
  10. To make it easier to grate/shred mozzarella cheese, pop it in the freezer for 30 minutes first.

 

Pork in a Creamy Sauce with Fresh Vegetables

Pork in a Creamy Sauce with Fresh Vegetables

 

Pork cooked in a creamy soup and complemented by a selection of broccoli and cauliflower florets, with carrots for added colour. Using a soup is a great way to add flavour to a dish when you want a speedy supper.

 

Pork in a Creamy Sauce with Fresh Vegetables
Prepares: 4 servings
 
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes

  • Ingredients
  • 4 pork chops, or
  • 450g (1 lb) pork tenderloin divided into 4 portions
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • ½ onion, sliced
  • 10 fl oz can creamy vegetable condensed soup (asparagus or broccoli work well)
  • 150g (5 fl oz) water (⅔ cup)
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • ½ small cauliflower
  • ½ small broccoli crown

  • Equipment
  • A large frying pan/skillet


  1. Method
  2. Pour the oil into the pan over a medium–low heat and, when hot, add the pork and onion. Fry for 10 minutes, turning the pork half way through and turning the onions occasionally until both are nicely brown. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Drain off any fat.

  3. Add the soup and water to the pan and stir until combined, scraping off any crusty bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan as you stir. Return the pork to the pan. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes until the meat is cooked through, stirring the soup occasionally.

  4. Meanwhile break the cauliflower and broccoli into florets and steam along with the carrots for 10 minutes until tender.

  5. Serve garnished with the reserved onion slices.