I don’t enjoy much about summer, but cooking is definitely one of the things I do love. The produce and the flavours are just so light and perfect. One of the products I enjoy cooking with is tomatoes.
Now, I know what you’re thinking – BORING. No, not really. Tomatoes are a very flat flavour but there are so many types and techniques to work with it that makes the process very exciting! Here are my two favourite ways to cook with them.
Summer Salad with Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Soba Noodles (Serves 2)
The salad is light and refreshing and oh so filling. I’ve had it for lunch, dinner and even a snack, it’s versatile and can be worked with different flavours that classically pair well with tomatoes. I especially enjoy the dried cranberries in the salad, since there is so much happening with the sourness of the tomatoes and the creaminess of the mozzarella and the acidity from the balsamic, the cranberries add that sweet richness that balances everything. Just a heads up, they can be easily substituted for Raisins.
- 6-9 Plump red cherry tomatoes (Halved)
- 84 g Soba Noodles (Cooked & Drained) Refer my previous recipe on the process
- Wild Rocket (add as much as you enjoy greens)
- 4 Ounces Buffalo Mozzarella
- Dried Cranberries
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 2 Table Spoon Olive Oil
- 1 Table Spoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 Table Spoon Lime Juice
- 1 Crushed Garlic Whole (NOT CHOPPED)
- Mix all the ingredients and add the crushed garlic to the mix without chopping. You can just do that by applying pressure to the garlic clove with the back of your knife and removing the skin.
- Layer the bottom of your salad serving bowl/ dish with wild rocket. Gently place the soba noodles evenly, topping with fresh tomatoes and mozzarella across the salad.
- Top with fresh cranberries and gently drizzle the dressing over the salad. Depending on your palate, you may need more or less.
Tomato Soup in textures
I will say, this recipe is much more in-depth, but so good. The key to a great Tomato Soup is in the texture, which is why I have added 3 different forms of tomatoes. The passata adds the sweetness and the herbs without actually having to add them, the cherry tomatoes in balsamic also adds a tad bit sweetness, but much more a bite. You can serve this with garlic bread, add parmesan to the top or anything you like, I prefer it this way. Simple. Please do follow the recipe carefully, it does have many steps but will be done in 40 mins, max, I promise!
- 5 Medium Sized Tomatoes Chopped
- 250 G Tesco Passata with Garlic and Herbs
- 5 Cloves of Garlic
- 2 Table Spoon Balsamic Vinegar
- 4 Table Spoon Oil
- 6-8 Cherry Tomatoes (Whole)
- 1 Roughly Chopped Medium Sized Red Onion
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 Tsp. Sugar
- Preheat your oven to 170 Degree Celsius.
- In a pressure cooker, add 2 tbp of olive oil and the red onions. Add a pinch of salt that helps release the water from the onions and helping them cook down to a translucent color. Remember, you are not trying to caramelize, just cook them down.
- Add 2 cloves of finely chopped garlic to the pan and wait for them to turn golden.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and the sugar to the cooker.
- Now add Passata and Water in equal quantities. (If you’re using 250 G Passata, then 250G water that is.)
- Place the lid and wait for the pressure cooker noise to go off once and only once.
- Tip* – If you are cooking without a cooker you can add a lid and wait till all the tomatoes break down and you attain the right thickness to the soup
- After you put the lid it should take 10 minutes for the noise. So, take a baking tray, add your 3 cloves of garlic (whole, not even peeled), cherry tomatoes, balsamic and salt & pepper and roast for 5-8 minutes.
- Once the noise on the pressure cooker goes off and the tomatoes are roasted in the oven. Peel and add JUST the three cloves of garlic to the soup in the cooker. The cherry tomatoes will be added as a final step. Now using a hand mixer, give your soup a whirl and wait till the mixture goes creamy.
- Add the roasted cherry tomatoes and adjust the seasoning. Voila!
You guys write in the comments below – What are your favorite ways of using tomatoes?