Tomato Soup (with Cheese Toasties)

A quick, easy, tasty soup that can be put together in half an hour but tastes delicious and is super nutritious!
I prefer to use canned tomatoes as they are fully ripened and adds a depth of flavour to the soup. I serve this soup with toasted cheese sandwiches on the side instead of sliced bread …. my kind of comfort food on a cold day!

2 onions, chopped
45ml butter
30ml olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
50g tomato paste
15ml sugar
10ml salt
3 cans of whole Italian tomatoes
400ml water

Add the onion, butter and olive oil to a saucepan and cook until the onion is translucent.
Add the garlic and tomato paste and stir around in the pan for a minute or so.
Now add the sugar, salt, canned tomatoes and water and bring the soup to a gentle simmer.
Allow the soup to bubble and cook on a medium to low heat for about 20 minutes.
Take off the heat and blend (a hand blender works wonderfully in the saucepan!) until smooth and silky.
Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning to your taste. I like adding some black pepper at this stage.
Serve the tomato soup warm with fresh basil leaves and warm toasted cheese sandwiches.

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