I love weekends because they give me some time for my cooking. During the week, we mostly eat salads for dinner as we do not have the time for cooking big meals. Yesterday, I was cooking for my boyfriend and his sister. The recipe is based on one of Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals. I really love his recipes since they are usually really easy to make and the outcome is truly delicious!
As we had really cold and wet weather this weekend, I thought that soup would be a great way to warm up! So here we go with spicy tomato soup with garlic ciabatta bread.
- 1kg cherry tomatoes
- 4 large tomatoes
- 1 fresh red chilli (you can also use dried chilli)
- 2 small red onions
- 8 cloves of garlic (4 for the soup & 4 for the garlic ciabatta)
- 5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- fresh basil
- crème fraîche
- olive oil
- sea salt & black pepper
- Wash all of the tomatoes and quarter the larger tomatoes
- Put all the tomatoes on a roasting tray and add some olive oil as well as salt and pepper
- Sprinkle some chilli on top of the tomatoes and crush in 4 peeled cloves of garlic
- Put the tray in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes
- While the tomatoes are in the oven, peel and chop the onions and put them in a hot saucepan together with some olive oil and salt
- Heat the onions on medium heat until they are soft
- Add 5 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar into the onions and cook it with reduced heat for a few minutes
- While waiting for the tomatoes to be ready, put olive oil into a small bowl and squeeze the 4 cloves of garlic into it.
- Take the tray of tomatoes out of the oven and add everything to the pan of onions
- Bake the ciabatta in the oven while preparing the soup
- Heat everything up for a few minutes
- Then mix the vegetables in a mixer and add the fresh basil
- Pour the soup into soup plates and add a drop of crème fraîche
- Take the bread out of the oven, cut it into slices and pour the oil & garlic mixture on top of it
We had dry white wine with the soup and I recommend having a glass or two of water with it as the soup and the the garlic bread are really spicy and make you extremely thirsty. If you do not like garlic, just reduce the amount of garlic you use. The bread will be fine with just olive oil as well and the soup does not necessarily need 4 cloves of garlic.