This recipe is based on Jamie’s 15 minute meals,  I remember having to rethink meals when my son started school as all of a sudden I had a time limit and to juggle homework and cuddles, and this book was my bible at the time it has some great techniques in there that apply to all meals, however as always I have to experiment and add some spices to add nutrition, flavour and immune boosters.  Tinned tomatoes are of curse a great source of Vitamin C and lycopene – however and add a leafy green veg will allow any iron to be easily absorbed by the body.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil like rapeseed or sunflower oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • I handful of leafy green veg whatever is in your fridge (spinach, kale, etc)
  • 3 Tbps of uncooked rice, or a large potato if you don’t have any rice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric
  • 2 X 400g tins of tomatoes
  • 1 jar of chargrilled peppers

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, add the oil and heat gently and add the chopped onions, salt and pepper and let it fry until the onion is clear and then add the garlic for abut 1 minute until it releases its beautiful smell, then add your spice turmeric and also the uncooked rice or uncooked chopped potato and the greens.
  2. Stir this for about another minute and then add the chopped tomatoes and the red peppers from the jar (depending on my mood I discard or add the jar liquid it is quite acidic so sometimes i have to re-balance the dish if I add the liquid , by adding something sweet if it is too sour).
  3.  Fill up one of empty jars of chopped tomato with water and add it to the saucepan, depending on how thick or thin you like your soup.  You can always cook it and then add more water later if required.
  4. I often cook this the night before and blend it and then when i re-heat it the next day I can add more water if required.

Variations & Tips

  • This soup freezes really well, so a great one to freeze in small pots ready to take to work for a great lunch or even add it to a bolognese or lasagna.
  • The added rice or potato is genius as it thickens the soup and so provides the saiety often lacking in soups.
  • You can then sprinkle this with nuts, seeds for added protein or just some dried seaweed.