Tomato & Vegetable Soup (preparation time +/- 50 minutes)
Tomato soup is a very easy dish to give to your children. Especially if you make sure the soup is not too thin, they will be able to eat it themselves. I always add as many vegetables as I have in my refrigerator (which is a lot).
The kids really enjoy this warm and hearty dish!
A large pot or casserole, such as the Le Creuset ‘Dutch Oven’
1 or 2 large onions, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of ground smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon of ground fennel seeds
3 canned tomatoes (try to buy the BPA-free cans)
3-4 cups of vegetables, cut into cubes/small pieces. You can add as many or as little different vegetables as you want. I really love the combination of tomato and cauliflour, but you can try other vegetables, such as: broccoli, a few carrots or zucchini.
+/- 1 liter of boiled water (you can always add more water after blending the soup, so start with less than one liter)
2 cubes of vegetable stock
½ teaspoon of Ras El Hanout (it gives more depth to the taste of the soup)
Small (homemade) meatballs for the meat-lovers!
Put the chopped onions with a little bit of vegetable oil in the large pot on medium heat. Fry the onions until soft and golden brown
Add the crushed garlic and fry for one minute
Add all the ground spices (e.g. cumin, paprika, fennel seeds and the optional Ras El Hanout) and fry for 1 minute
Add the canned tomatoes, the cubed vegetables, the boiled water and the vegetable stock cubes and let it cook until the vegetables are soft. Note: it is easier to start off by adding less water and to add more after blending, than the other way around!
Let it cool down a little bit before using the hand-held blender and blend it until the soup is completely smooth. If the soup is too thick, add some boiled water.
Optional: add the meatballs, put the pot on low heat to cook the meatballs and wait until they are completely cooked.
Your soup is ready! For the children I always serve it with some (toasted) bread cut into ‘fries’ so that they can dip the bread into the soup. It’s easier for them to eat it like that and they love the fact that they can eat it themselves!