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Fast and Delicious: Fresh Tomato Soup

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We all know what really sweeps away the legs of your dream girl when you’ve invited her over for dinner. You may have set the perfect mood by picking the perfect John Mayer song that you know she loves. But when you sit down to have that bite she was invited for, and it just happens to taste awful, you will have to compensate a whole lot! On the other hand, if it tastes delicious, she will want to come back (unless you happen to really mess things up).

What you need to do when cooking is to think quality rather than quantity. Making simple dishes but with a refined taste really gets you a long way. So for this post I’ve chose to make a delicious fresh tomato soup with homemade croutons. The key to this dish is the freshness of the ingredients! Therefore absolutely NO canned tomatoes are allowed!

First what you need is:

  • Fresh tomatoes
  • 1 Fresh Chili (you may vary the kind of chili depending on how spicy you want the soup – I like mine very spicy, hence the Habanero chili)
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bread – leftovers from yesterday will do fine
  • Crème Fraîche
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Lots of olive oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper

So the first thing you wanna do is to:

  1. Turn on the oven at 180ºC (around 360ºF)
  2. Chop tomatoes and chili into pieces and pour lots of olive oil over. Add salt and pepper and fresh basil.
  3. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes. This allows the tomatoes to sweeten, giving the soup a richer flavour.
  4. Rip the bread apart and pour lots of olive oil over it. Do not spare on this parts. Add salt (preferably coarse salt) and pepper. Put in oven for 15 min.
  5. Chop the onion and the garlic and fry them in a bit of olive oil. When the onions begin to have that kinda caramelised look add around 1-2 spoons of balsamico vinegar and fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Now the tomatoes should be done. Take them out of the oven and place them in the soup pot (with all the oil, chili and basil) and make it boil.
  7. When it has boiled, let it cool for just a few minutes (just to make sure that your food processor is not damaged) and the blend it. Taste the soup and add salt or pepper if necessary.
  8. Take out the croutons and put in a bowl. The croutons should look like this – so take them out earlier, if necessary!
  9. Pour the soup in a bowl, add a scoop of crème fraîche and decorate with croutons and a few basil leafs.
  10. Dinner is served

 

This delicious dish should definitely sweep the legs of date.

 

Regarding wine i would recommend a warm and spicy red wine, as the soup might get spicy. So if you choose a wine with a light taste, you might end up not really tasting the wine at all.

 

Xoxo
Jon Morck (Instagram: @j.morck)

   

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