This recipe for Fresh Home made Tomato Soup is so much nicer tasting than the shop bought version. This home made tomato soup recipe packs some real flavour because the tomatoes are fresh rather than canned.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the tomatoes, onion and garlic and sweat, covered, for 15 minutes.
Add the water and a quick a splash of wine. Simmer covered for 15 minutes
Remove from the heat and purée the soup with a hand held blender until nice and smooth.
Rub the soup through a sieve to remove the skins and seeds, pressing with a wooden spoon to liberate the maximum of tomato pulp.
Season to taste with the sugar, salt and pepper. The amount of sugar you need to add will depend on the quality of the tomatoes you have used. With lovely organic home grown tomatoes, you might not want to add any extra sugar at all.
Serve garnished with the snipped chives or if you like, with a few garlic croûtons, made by rubbing a slice or two of stale bread with half a garlic clove, cutting it into squares, and frying til crisp in a little oil.
If you're feeling indulgent why not try a creamy version by adding a swirl of single cream to each bowl, or a little blob of crême fraîche.