Use up a glut of home-grown tomatoes with James Martin’s thick and creamy soup primed with garlic and fresh basil.
2kg/4lb 4oz mixed ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 handful fresh basil leaves, plus extra to serve
1 tbsp tomato purée
4 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
1 litre/1¾ pints hot vegetable stock
2-3 tbsp caster sugar, to taste
150ml/5fl oz double cream, plus extra to serve
1 ciabatta loaf, thickly sliced, to serve
Heat a large, heavy-based saucepan over a medium to high heat. When the pan is hot, add the tomatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes, or until they have started to break down.
Add the garlic, basil, tomato purée and two tablespoons of olive oil. Continue to cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
Pour in the vegetable stock, bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Transfer the soup mixture to a food processor and blend to a purée.
Return the blended soup to the pan and season, to taste, with salt, freshly ground black pepper and sugar.
Pour in the cream and return the mixture to a simmer. Continue to simmer for a further 1-2 minutes.
Meanwhile, brush the ciabatta slices with the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil.
Heat a griddle pan until hot, add the ciabatta slices, in batches if necessary, and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown griddle marks appear on both sides of the ciabatta.
To serve, ladle the soup into four serving bowls. Drizzle a swirl of double cream into each bowl, then a swirl of olive oil, to garnish. Sprinkle over a few basil leaves.
Type the ingredients you want to use, then click Go. For better results you can use quotation marks around phrases (e.g. "chicken breast"). Alternatively you can search by chef, programme, cuisine, diet, or dish (e.g. Lasagne).
This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.