Why is it that now summer has arrived I keep making soup? I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that this soup is really delicious, even on a warm day. It’s also a great way of using up some of those giant bunches of fresh herbs that are so much better value than the small packs. Some people might object to eating coriander in every meal for 4 days straight but luckily none of those people live with me.
This soup is adapted from my basic tomato soup recipe that I make quite regularly. Although I normally use individual spices when cooking rather than curry powder, this time I didn’t want it to be a strongly spiced tomato soup. The curry powder just gives it a mild curry flavour that goes really well with the coriander. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you adding more.
Most recipes are there to be adapted and you can easily vary this soup by using different herbs instead of coriander and missing out or substituting the curry powder altogether. You could even just stick with the plain tomato soup that this was adapted from, although even that has a little basil in.
Ingredients – Serves 2-4
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
400g tin tomatoes
Large handful of fresh coriander (cilantro), chopped
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
How to Make Tomato and Coriander Soup
1. Cook the onion in a little oil. When soft add the curry powder, garlic and the tin of tomatoes. Add a little water if the tomatoes are too thick. Simmer for 10 minutes.
2. Add the coriander and using a stick blender, blend the soup.
3. Mix a tbsp of milk with the bicarbonate of soda. Pour it onto the soup, followed by the rest of the milk.
4. Simmer for 5 minutes, keep stirring. There will be quite a few bubbles but they will have disappeared after 5 minutes.
5. Serve with your choice of bread.
I am linking this to Cooking with Herbs at Lavender and Lovage as well as No Croutons Required, hosted by Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa’s Kitchen. I am also linking to Elizabeth’s Kitchen’s No Waste Food Challenge, hosted this month by Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.