Don't get me wrong, I love Heinz tomato soup - it's a comfort food, I think. Especially during crap weather, if you've been out voluntary stomping around in the country side (or indeed the city,) or if you've been stuck in a downpour on the way home - tomato soup and a nice crusty roll always soothed my weather bedraggled soul...
But I love making home made soup. I have two that I make now without thinking, just grab the ingredients, put on some music and start cooking. There was one that I hadn't attempted, for fear it would come out like the supermarket varieties, a little too much like a pasta sauce...
Tomato soup of course.
I was talking about it with my hairdresser about this struggle.*
"Get on the BBC Good Food website, there lies your answer." Or something like that.
And it was the answer! Soothing tomato soup, plain and simple. It tasted incredible.
It was like every good home made soup I've ever eaten. Fresh, light, but filling enough to leave you with that "ahh, soup" contentment. Rustic and gloriously so. Have it with focaccia and feel like a god-damned in control soup-making boss. Or on it's own. It's good on it's own too.
Plus, it wasn't like eating a bowlful of pasta sauce! Score.
That and it was the simplest recipe I'd ever come across for soup. People try and over complicate soup. This isn't that kind of soup.
I've made it for the past few years now, particularly when tomatoes are at their best, September, but we got a really nice pallet-full the other day and this soup was calling to me.
I do add a few things and only a few. I add basil, if I have no bay leaves. It works just as well. However just as the tomatoes are cooking nicely and all that juice is bubbling away - in goes the green lentils. I usually stock up on dried, but for this I just used a can of organic lentils. Much less faff if you're on a time limit, as this soup is pretty quick to make!
It's also worth mentioning you don't need that much oil, it can easily be halved or if you're on a low calorie diet, perhaps a low-cal spray could work just as well.
I won't post the recipe here (it doesn't feel right, it's not mine!) but I have linked back to the BBC Good Food site so you can check it out. Honestly, if you're stuck for ideas - just go with this classic soup and you'll be golden.
*Not a big struggle. Not at all.