This recipe is a bit of a “cheat” but I hope you find the results make it worthwhile.
- 1 can of commercial tomato soup (around 400gms) – note in Australia soup is typically condensed while in the UK….not. If you use condensed soup then add the recommended water as well.
1 can of tomatoes or tomato pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of dried oregano (dried herbs have a much stronger and robust taste than fresh – don’t overdo it)
About a tablespoon of sugar
Salt to taste
Two dried kafir lime leaves (optional)
Mix the soup from the can, any water and the can of tomatoes and use a blending wand to make the mixture smooth. Add the oregano, sugar, salt, and kafir lime leaves.
SautÃ© the onions for a few minutes just to make them clear, don’t let them brown.
Add soup mixture to the onions and heat gently until just before it boils. Add salt to taste.
Variations on a theme:
You can leave out the kafir lime leaves and instead add about a tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce.
If you want to use some fresh tomatoes you will need to add these and heat the soup ingredients before doing the onions, bring the soup with the fresh tomatoes in to the boil and simmer for a few minutes until the “raw” smell is gone, then add the onions.
I sometimes use some tomato paste to up the “tomato-i-ness”. If you do this you need to add some water as well.