- 100 g onion 1 medium
- 150 g carrot 1 medium
- 120 g celery approx. 2 stalks
- 2 cloves garlic
- ¼ cup olive oil 62ml
- 150g bacon
- 800g diced tomatoes 2 cans
- 1 litre chicken stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon Italian herbs dried mixed herbs
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
Finely dice the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. I do this in my food processor (it takes around 30 seconds). I just throw it all in and blitz.
Dice the bacon
Heat the olive oin In a large saucepan
Add the bacon and diced vegetables. Sauté until fragrant and bacon cooked, this takes around 3 minutes.
Add the tinned tomatoes, stock/broth, and herbs. Simmer for at least 7 minutes or as long as you want. (It is better if you simmer longer, but it's no drama if you don't. I call this my 10-minute soup, as it's all in the pot in under 10 minutes, the simmering I don't need to really be involved in, so sometimes I will leave it bubbling for an hour which admittedly gives a better flavoured soup.
Serve with crusty bread
- Don't skimp on the olive oil. Now I know like it will seem like A LOT, but trust me, a soup like this is extra delicious with a good amount of olive oil. Fat carries the flavour in food, so it will really make all the difference.
- Dipping bread into the soup will really help your kids get into it, don't panic if to start it seems like they are only eating the bread, over time they will get better and better at enjoying soup.
- Cheese toasted sandwiches are so good dunked in this easy tomato soup.
- Leftovers... try stirring it through warm pasta, with a some handfuls of baby spinach leaves, top with a little parmesan and you have a second family meal!
Ingredient Substitutions and Notes
- Broth/stock: I use a chicken bone broth when I make this tomato soup recipe. You can use your preferred stock or broth though.
- Bacon: You could skip the bacon if you would like your soup to be vegetarian. I do like the flavour the bacon brings, and it does help win my kids over when it comes to having soup for dinner.
- Garlic/onion/celery/carrot: If you don't have all four on hand, do not worry, I just use a mix of whatever I have. sometimes just carrot and onion, sometimes just onion, it won't matter too much, although having all four is great.
- Dried herbs: I tend to just use a dried 'Italian Herb Mix' oregano, basil, mixed herbs, all taste fine
Calories: 350kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 422mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 4437IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg
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