Tomatoes are unbelievably good for you (which is useful, because they are one of the only vegetables my son has consistently eaten). They contain large doses of the following: Vitamin C, Potassium, the antioxidants beta carotene and lycopene (which has shown it can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease) fibre, folate, and vitamin K (And take a breath!). They’re also pretty tasty.

This recipe is the perfect warming autumn lunch. Put a loaf of sourdough on your shopping list (yes, you could bake it yourself and we would applaud you, but frankly, who has the time?!) and you have yourself a taste explosion that you can make on a Sunday afternoon (or a particularly quiet weekday evening) and keep in the fridge to reheat all week.

Serves: 4 hungry people


2 kg of tomatoes

1/4 cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp of olive oil

1 onion/leek – diced

5 cloves of garlic – crushed

Fresh or dried rosemary

700ml of chicken or vegetable stock

A small loaf of sourdough bread

What to Prep:

You can prep all of this tasty soup in advance and then just heat it up when you’re hungry.

Preheat the oven to 200 C

Cut all the tomatoes in half (or in quarters if they’re huge) and place them, face up, on a baking tray.

Drizzle the 1/4 cup of olive oil over the top (don’t skimp!) and season with salt and pepper.

Place in the oven for 40 minutes until the edges are a bit black and they look yummy!

In a big, thick bottomed, saucepan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the diced onion and cook until soft (about 8 minutes).

Add the garlic and cook for another minute.

Tip all the roasted tomatoes (as well as all the lovely juices from the tray) into the pan and mush them up with your spoon.

Pour in your stock and pop in the sprig of rosemary.

Bring the whole thing to a boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

When the soup has thickened, take out the herb sprig and put the rest of it in a blender.

When you’re ready:

Take the soup out of the fridge, warm up in the microwave or saucepan until piping hot, and enjoy with a slice of tasty sourdough bread (NOT a sandwich!)