Guest Post For Frugal Meals
In the series of frugal meals I am inviting people to share their favourite low cost, easy recipes. Many people are feeling the pinch at the beginning of 2014 after a difficult year and then Christmas with its attendant extra expense. Celebrity chefs and cooking prgrammes still, in my opinion, make the simple preparation of a family meal too complicated and frequently too expensive. I hope this series of people sharing recipes will inspire the art of simple, low cost cooking
Low Cost Soup Recipe
I love this recipe as I too have enjoyed Heinz tomato soup in the past. It is one of those easy comfort foods and reminds me of being off from school with flu or of coming home after being out for a winter walk. This soup recipe costs under £1. Superb for lunch either at home – or take some to work in a Thermos flask!
I think once you get into home made soup, canned and even the ‘fresh’ soups from the chill cabinet nevers taste quite the same again – even the more expensive ones!
Tomato Soup from Camilla of FabFood4All
I’d like to thank Penny for inviting me to send over a guest post as we have a lot in common when it comes to good home cooked food that doesn’t cost the earth. It’s a real pleasure therefore to share my recipe for Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup
If you’re like me you will have been brought up on Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup as it is a firm favourite with children and adults alike. So when my husband was foraging through our cupboards one day protesting that there were no tins of soup, I came up with this recipe which is a pimped up version of the Heinz one.
I’ve added carrot, garlic and basil to give it super rich flavour. This soup is quick to make and you can be eating it within about 20 minutes plus it’s very thrifty as the main cost is the tin of chopped tomatoes which is about 31p.
I’ve made this soup to serve 3 good portions (though we did stretch it to 4) but you can easily double the recipe to serve more. Enjoy it with some good crusty bread or rolls
Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup
- 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil
- Large knob butter
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- 1 carrot finely diced
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 350 mls chicken/vegetable stock made with a stock cube
- 75 ml single or double cream
- dried basil
- pinch each salt and pepper
- Extra cream to decorate
- Extra basil to decorate
- Sweat the onion, carrot and garlic in the oil and butter under a lid until softened, about 10 mins (stirring occassionaly).
- Add tinned tomatoes, stock, basil, cream and seasoning.
- Heat through and then blend.
- Serve with a swirl of cream and a pinch of dried basil.
About Camilla and FabFood4All
Camilla is a half Danish, Surrey based food writer and recipe developer, who has been passionate about cooking ever since her school days where she won the prize for Home-Economics. She loves the culmination of art and science involved in cooking and enjoys making fabulous food, simply and cheaply; more time eating, less time cooking is her ethos!
Her popular blog Fab Food 4 All was started in March 2012 and each recipe she posts has to meet the scrutiny of her husband and 2 children!
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