Friday, 14 May 2010

Low-fat tomato,chilli and basil soup

Here's a quick, cheap and low fat soup recipe that came from a great cookbook called Cook Yourself Thin. This is so easy, its almost the same as just opening a tin of soup!
The recipe serves 4 and its only 95 calories per portion, so you can even have double helpings and still not feel guilty! Also, when tomatoes are cooked it brings out an antioxidant called lycopene, so you get even more health benefits than you would from eating them raw.
Give it a try!

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic,finely chopped
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
400g tin plum tomatoes
salt and pepper
small pinch of sugar
a handful of basil, roughly chopped
2 tbsp low fat creme fraiche

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and gently sweat the onion and garlic until translucent. Add the chilli and cook for another minute.
Add the tomatoes to the pan, then fill the empty tin with water, twice, and add to the pan.

Season and add the sugar. (when using tinned tomatoes, sugar just helps bring out the natural sweetness of the tomatoes rather than it being too acidic).

Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the basil to the soup and spoon in the creme fraiche.

Blitz until smooth with a hand held blender. Check the seasoning and serve.

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