Rustic Tomato & Rosemary Soup

Brrrr! Baby, it’s cold outside. Actually, it’s cold inside, which is even worse. Time for a warming, stick-to-your-ribs sort of soup – and this one, which I test-drove in the weekend after a long absence, is just the ticket.

Rustic Tomato & Rosemary Soup
This is a version of a soup in Catherine Bell’s Everyday Epicurean, a really useful book with lots of lovely things for, err, every day.

4Tbsp olive oil
2 red onions
2Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
2 cups tinned tomatoes (about a 440g tin)
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 cups water
salt and pepper

Saute the onions in the oil until golden. Add the rosemary, tomatoes and a pinch of salt and cook for five minutes. Add the potatoes and cook for another five minutes, then pour in the water. Simmer gently for about 45 minutes, mashing the potatoes into the soup as they break down. You will end up with a thick, rustic looking soup, Thin it down with a little water if necessary. Serve very hot, with lots of crusty bread and shaved Parmesan. Serves four.



  1. May 17, 2011 / 7:28 pm

    Just the thing for a cold day.

  2. May 17, 2011 / 10:58 pm

    Yummers! I think the tomato makes it appropriate for sunny days too. Love it.

  3. May 18, 2011 / 12:51 am

    Just the thing for winter – I love soup!! This one looks particularly easy too – just the way Iike it! Might like to follow it up with that delicious tart in the post below… even if I'm not eating with Julia Roberts!

  4. May 18, 2011 / 1:30 am

    Oh yumbo jumbo! I'm just making tomato soup AS I type! Go the recipe over at Pod and Three Peas. You roast the tinned tomatoes first! It's smelling divine and perfect for this cold chilly weather! I love the sound of yours, with the addition of rosemary and spuds. will be making this version next for sure!

  5. May 18, 2011 / 8:27 pm

    Delicious! I like that it has potatoes in it – bit more hearty than your usual broth – but also that it basically could be cobbled together from things you've got in the cupboard.

  6. May 19, 2011 / 12:57 pm

    Sounds like just the thing for an autumn lunch or supper. We're living on soup at the moment so it's always nice to have a new one to add to the repertoire!

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