Tomato and Onion Soup Recipe

Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon fighting my way through the tomato and pumpkin area of our veggie garden. You have no idea how crazy plants can get if they are left to their own devices for a week. It was wonderful though, to be working amongst the veggies and discovering hidden treasures amongst the foliage. There was slight drizzling of rain, the perfect weather for garden work. I managed to collect quite a few tomatoes from the heart of the mass of plants and they taste so sweet, so good indeed!

I also got a head start on those weeds that like to grow all over the place. With all the rain we have been having, they are huge! The ground is lovely and soft after the constant thunderstorms, so pulling them out has been quite an easy job.

We have decided to grow more food for our family and develop the unused areas of our ground. Jenna and Erin have chosen their own veggie beds to look after. They are going to care for these beds, weed them and try succession planting as well. It makes me happy that they are serious about this and that they made the decision by themselves. We spoke about eating what is actually growing in season and not buying produce that has been flown in from overseas or kept in cold storage. They felt very strongly about us developing our acre of land here to sustain our family and then we can also barter produce with neighbours and friends. Feels right, feels good…

Last night I made a tomato and onion soup with veggies picked from our garden, I am so please with how it turned out, it got the ‘delicious vote’ from the family so I will definitely be making it again soon!

Tomato and Onion Soup:

Ingredients:
Olive oil 2 tablespoons
Garlic 2 teaspoons
Herbal salt
Black pepper
About 600 grams of tomatoes, you can add more
3 onions, diced
Chicken and vegetable stock, 500 mls
500 mls water
Half a can of butter beans, rinsed
4 chopped baby potatoes
Parmesan cheese

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to your pot. Once heated add 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic and then the diced onions.
Cook for about 5 mins until the onions have softened.
Chop up the tomatoes and add to the pot and stir.
Add 500 mls of chicken and vegetable stock to the tomatoes and simmer on a medium heat so the tomatoes can release their flavour, then add 500 mls of water.
Add the butter beans and potatoes and cook until the potatoes are soft or just add cooked potatoes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
I used a potato masher to squash all the veggies a little before serving.
You could also add a little Parmesan cheese as a garnish and it tastes amazing too!

Enjoy!

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11 Responses to Tomato and Onion Soup Recipe

  1. lovestitches January 9, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Yum! I am growing my first garden this summer and it looks like my butter bean crop will be ready for picking any day now. I can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  2. Linda January 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Lovestitches,
    How wonderful you are growing veggies! It is so rewarding. Today we picked the first of our Indian Corn, amazing! Enjoy the recipe:)
    Warmly
    Linda

  3. Tracey January 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Linda, I am so envious of your summer vegetables. We just planted our onions and thanks to a green house have blooms on our tomatoes,but it will still be awhile. We have increased our garden area too and it is something I find very rewarding!

  4. barefoot mama January 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    oh, can you please fly here and bring me some of that today. Looks so warm, perfectly healthy & DELICIOUS!!! :))

  5. woolies January 10, 2012 at 2:42 am #

    Love this soup recipe! I spent most of yesterday making 2 different soups and bread. This one sounds yummy! Thank you!

    sara
    http://woolies.etsy.com

  6. Donna January 10, 2012 at 4:56 am #

    We are just into winter here, but that soup makes me hungry for summer!

  7. Linda January 10, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Tracey,
    How wonderful that you have a greenhouse, I am going to build a small cold frame, poly tunnel so we can grow further into the winter and also plant early in spring. Happy veggie gardening.

    Barefoot Mama,
    Bringing some right over;)

    Sara,
    Yum, two soups, what were they, I will pop over to your blog and have a look. I love soup.

    Donna,
    With the heat here in SA, I am wishing for winter:)

  8. Lori January 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

    Thank you much, Linda, for the delicious soup recipe! Even though we’re in the heart of our winter her in Michigan, USA, I can still get my hands on tomatoes! So, this is on the menu for the week! I must say I am a bit jealous of your garden though! It’ll be a few months before I can get my hands in the dirt here. Thanks for all you share on your precious blog! I participated in the ornament swap, and met a delightful and talented woman from Florida. It was fun, thanks for organizing it all. May you see and hear all the blessings in store for you in this new year!
    Lori

  9. Forest-Dweller January 11, 2012 at 3:40 am #

    Oh YUM!

  10. Carole February 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    Great blog. I am from New Zealand and blog on food amongst other things. You might be interested in this post about asparagus soup http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/asparagus-soup.html. Will enjoy following your blog.

  11. Marny CA March 7, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Where is your recipe for the bolognese?? I keep getting lemons. ;-)

    “If life gives you lemons, make bolognese??”

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