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Tomato Soup For One

8th November, 2011

Don’t feel sorry for me…I make soups for my lunches all the time and they’re just for little old me!  Besides, the title of this recipe is a little misleading, it actually makes two small portions so you can keep one in the fridge for tomorrow.  The fact that I can fit all the ingredients for this little gem in one hand though means it’s for me and me alone.  I tend to use the handful of food measurement a lot for soups otherwise I end up making enough to feed an army.  Anyway, if you’re reaaaaally hungry I’m guessing this will only go so far as one.


  • Small nob of butter
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 mild red chili, chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 large overly ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • Boiling water
  • Salt & pepper
  1. The cooking time in this is hardly anything at all so prepare all your ingredients ahead of time so they’re ready to go.
  2. Melt your butter in a non stick pan over a medium to high heat.
  3. Add your onion, pepper, garlic and chili and fry for 5-7 mins until the onion starts to soften and go yellow.  Stir occasionally to make sure nothing sticks.
  4. Add your freshly chopped tomatoes and turn the heat to medium.
  5. Allow them to soften and the skins to curl, cooking them for a further 5-7 mins.  Stir here too so your garlic has a chance to flavour the tomatoes.
  6. Half way through that cooking time tear up your basil leaves and stir them in to the mix.
  7. Add boiling water from the kettle so all your ingredients are covered, plus a few millimetres more.  The amount you add is dependent on the pan you’re using but you can’t go far wrong.
  8. Crumble in your chicken stock cube and mix it well to be sure it’s all dissolved.
  9. Turn the heat down low so it’s simmering and place a lid on your pan.
  10. Cook it this way for 10 more minutes giving it a stir half way through.
  11. Whizz up roughly with a hand blender and serve.

This was perfect for me today as I was feeling a little under the weather and didn’t want too much…the other half awaits me in the fridge!

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