Day 6 in the 2016 Vegan MoFo: Comfort food – Something that always cheers you up.
It has to be tomato soup. I have two basic recipes – one quick and easy and based on kitchen cupboard ingredients, the other taking a little more effort and using fresh tomatoes.
Quick and easy for two:
Most of the cooking time is spent waiting so it’s a good one to make if you have other stuff to do in or near the kitchen. If you have an onion, chop it up and fry it in some olive oil in a medium pan until soft. If you don’t have one, don’t worry, it doesn’t matter! Add a small clove of garlic, thinly sliced, and cook for just a minute or two (don’t burn the garlic or it will taste bitter). Throw a couple of handfuls of red lentils into the pan with some boiling water and a teaspoon of Boullion and simmer for 20 mins or so until they are really soft. Top up the water if you need to. When the lentils start breaking down add a can (or two if there are lots of you) of tomatoes with some freshly ground pepper and continue to simmer until it looks like the right consistency for blending (another 10 mins). Whizz it up with a hand blender and serve piping hot with a slice or two your favourite bread. Better than Heinz!
Roast tomato soup
This is a good one to make if you see tomatoes on special offer. I bought a whole box of plum tomatoes yesterday in my local fruit and veg shop for just £3! Use 6-8 tomatoes per person. Cut them in half and roast them in the oven for 25 minutes with a little olive oil sprinkled over them and a quarter of a medium onion per person. Add a clove of garlic (skin still on) per person for the last 10 minutes of cooking. While the tomatoes are roasting, boil some red lentils – a small handful ⅓ of a cup for each person. Transfer the cooked tomatoes and onion and squeeze the garlic out into the pan with the lentils, add some vegetable stock (Bouillon and water) and blend. For a spicy soup add a pinch of chilli powder, some freshly ground pepper or serve with a swirl of vegan cream. Pretty darn fancy for not much cost and a great comfort food for a chilly autumn night.