Tomato & Chilli Cure-All

They say chicken soup cures the common cold and in fact the research suggests a hearty broth rich in nutrients and antioxidants can assist with the healing process.   If like me you lose your appetite and energy when you’ve got a cold, this quick tomato soup is easily made and full of good stuff like garlic (a natural antibiotic), tomato (rich in vitamin C) and chilli (great for clearing the sinus).   My pantry is usually stocked with the key ingredients for this recipe (canned tomatoes, chicken stock, garlic and dried chillies) which means I don’t need to leave the house in search of ingredients. 

Personally, I love this recipe and when I’m feeling well I like to make it with homemade chicken broth and fresh tomatoes that have been roasted for 15 min in the oven – you can add some fresh basil, grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano to if you have it in the fridge.  

But really it tastes lovely just like this.

Ingredients (makes two generous bowls of soup)

3 tbs olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped finely

1 can (200/250 gr) canned crushed or whole tomatoes (I prefer crushed but you can use whole ones as well)

1/4 teaspoon of dried chillies


250-300 ml of chicken stock

Fresh basil and or grated parmesan or pecorino romano cheese if you have it.

Crusty bread or croutons.


On medium to high setting, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in thick based saucepan, add garlic and fry until just fragrant (don’t burn) then quickly add your tomatoes, oregano and chillies (you can add your basil at this point as well).  Let this simmer for about five minutes, then add your chicken stock salt and pepper.  Let simmer another 10 minutes, then pour into soup bowls and serve with crusty bread or croutons.


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