Terrific Tomato Soup with Saffron

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Tomatoes are popular all over the world and considering how tasty they are this is no wonder. They are rich in vitamins and antioxidants and if they are cooked well they are bursting with flavor. Here is a recipe that takes a simple tomato soup to a new level.


  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 10 centimeters of leek
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 0.25 gram of saffron
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 3 deciliters of water (increase if you want a thinner soup)
  • 2 deciliters of low-fat cream
  • 2 tbs of margarine or butter
  • 1-2 vegetable stock cubes
  • Some chili flakes
  • Black pepper to taste


Begin with slicing up the onion, garlic, and leek into fine pieces.
Peel and grate the carrot roughly.
Heat up the margarine in a pot until it foams.
Lower the heat to medium heat and add onion, garlic, leek, and carrot to the pot.
Let this fry on medium heat for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are soft and sweaty. Stir continuously so that they don’t burn.
When the vegetables are soft, add the two cans of crushed tomatoes and the water to the pot.
Put in the stock cube, chili flakes, and black pepper.
Let it all boil for a few minutes on low heat.
Pour the soup into a mixer and mix it until it is all well blended. It should be smooth without any big vegetable pieces visible.
Pour the soup back into the pot and add the cream, saffron, and vinegar and let it come lightly to the boil once more. Stir it and make sure it is all mixed well together.
Pour it into bowls and serve with a few slices of dark bread.
This recipe is enough for two to three servings if it is done as a main course. Try serving it with some crème fraîche added to the bowl, or some grated cheese.

Should you wish to make a bowl of tomato soup from scratch you would follow the same procedure, but start out using only fresh tomatoes cut into pieces that you boil on low heat for at least 2 hours, before you start adding water to it. This is a simpler and quicker way; this soup can be finished in twenty minutes and is a nice and easy meal to prepare after work on a weekday.

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