Friday, June 1, 2012

A New Simple Soup

One of the things I enjoy most about the cooler winter months is being able to cook lots of delicious soups to warm our bellies. More often than not at this time of year, we have soup on a Sunday night for tea with something simple alongside like a toasted sandwich. Last weekend I tried out a new recipe from ‘Frost Bite’ and it was a winner here. If you like tomato based soups like minestrone, than this one’s for you. Here’s the recipe:

Tomato, Zucchini & Basil Soup

Serves 4

olive oil
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 x 400g tin Roma tomatoes, crushed
2 tbsp tomato paste
5 medium-sized courgettes (I used 2 small zucchini instead), sliced
large handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
3 cups vegetable stock
sea salt & pepper

Heat oil in a large saucepan over low heat and add onion and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes until the onion is translucent. Add remaining ingredients and stir well.  Cover with lid and simmer for 20-25 minutes of until the vegetables are tender. Puree or blend.

I've been cooking up a storm here this week in our kitchen.  However most of it has been in the form of baby purees for Sophie which should now last me for many weeks ahead.  Grace and I did manage to make a muesli slice though which we've been enjoying the last few days for afternoon tea.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend ahead.  It's the Foundation Day long weekend here in Perth.  In our household we'll hopefully be resting, relaxing and (fingers crossed) catching up on sleep.  Do you have any special plans?  I'd love to hear what you'll be up to...


  1. Loving her chef's outfit, complete with tiara! Just divine! x

  2. Yum! Definitely making this- thank you xx

  3. ooooh. that does look good. I make a mean tomato soup, but i love this variation. must give it a try. Dear little Gracie. happy weeeknd Amanda. Jane x

  4. I love this time of year for soups too...thanks for sharing the recipe...that pic of your helper is gorgeous! We are hoping to catch up on some sleep here for the weekend too...have a lovely restful one x

  5. ah theres that book again, I really should have a closer look! Love the princess chef!

  6. Oooh yum! thanks for sharing, I'm always on the hunt for yummy, healthy & easy winter recipes :) I made a soup tonight in fact :)
    Love that you & Grace are cookin' up a storm together in the kitchen! FUN!!!!
    I too have been busy doing baby foods....but my hungry little monster is getting through them too fast! LOL! Making more tomorrow....trying a Tuna one for him.
    Happy weekend Amanda!

  7. I love soup too. I've got an excellent VERY EASY cauliflower and bacon soup recipe if you are interested. It is one whole cauliflower, about six rindless pieces of bacon, one large onion, one large container of liquid chicken stock. Roughly chop all ingredients. Throw into a large saucepan/boiler. Cook until cauliflower is soft. I then Bamix the lot until smooth. Serve with crusty bread. That is it. Totally divine and so healthy. You could add cream to it but the cauliflower gives it a really smooth creamy consistency and you honestly don't need it. Let me know what you think.
    Nik xx

    1. Sounds delicious Nik! Thanks for sharing your recipe, I will have to give it a try x

  8. The soup looks delicious. Your princess assistana chef looks like she knows her way around the kitchen, cute as a button. Cook up a storm and happy long weekend. Cheers to you, two long weekends in a row. x

  9. Yum!!!

    Will try the recipe. Looks and sounds so yummy.


  10. Soup features as least twice a week during the winter months for us so it's always nice to add a few different recipes to the mix :)

  11. Soup and homemade sourdough are our winter staples - I will add this to the folder. We had a garage sale yesterday, listened to the rain, went out for cake in the forest, walked on the beach. And it aint over yet! I was a little sad to learn today that it is Foundation Day no more - so happy inaugural Western Australia to you all!

  12. This looks like such a simple soup to make thanks for the recipe :) Iv made some pots of soup the last few weekends as well, and we've only just hit winter officially this week. I feel healthy when I have soup always full of veggies and goodness. But then I put lashings on butter on the bread and then the healthy goes out the window :)
    P.S. Grace cooking in her fairy outfit what a cutie

  13. Tomatoes are one of my favourite foods. I will have to give this yummy winter warmer a try it's been so cold and I love to have soups in this type of weather. xx


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