This fresh and simple tomato soup recipe is perfect for using up a glut of home-grown tomatoes.
2 onions, peeled and chopped
1 carrot, peeled and diced finely
1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
1 stick celery, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
450g/1lb fresh ripe tomatoes, halved
1 litre/1¾ pints vegetable stock
1 tsp sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper
handful fresh basil, shredded (optional)
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onions, carrot and celery and garlic. Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes until soft.
Add the sugar, salt, pepper and tomatoes. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Liquidise until smooth. If using the basil, stir in at the end.