Fat Free Fennel & Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup (Without Cream)

Fat Free Fennel and Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the humble tomato soup gets a lift thanks to fennel seeds and ginger

As I progress with my alternate day soup regime, I fancied a warming, creamy tomato soup and was wondering what to use as an alternative to cream. That’s when I thought of adding some sweet corn kernels.

Additionally, I had some water chestnut lying around and so decided to make us of them as well.

The end result is a really nice, full-bodied (can a soup be described so?!), creamy tomato soup which is low in calorie and very satisfying. Fennel seeds and ginger provide the heady aromatic touch.

I had this soup with turnip croutons.

another kooky recipe from my kooky imagination for my kooky readers

Ingredients

250 Grams tomato

2 Tablespoons sweetcorn kernel

3 – 4 Water chestnuts (optional)*

2 Tablespoons fennel seeds

1 Tablespoon grated ginger

Freshly ground pepper to taste

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Wash and chop the tomatoes.
  2. Wash the sweetcorn kernels.
  3. Peel, wash and chop the water chestnuts (if using).
  4. Put the tomatoes, sweet corn kernels, water chestnuts, fennel seeds, ginger and salt in a pot (pot number 1) along with 2 cups of water.
  5. Bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  6. Now take another big pot (pot number 2) and place a fine mesh strainer over it. Pour the contents of pot number 1 into the strainer. Retain the liquid collected in pot number 2.
  7. Once the vegetables cool down, puree them in a blender or a food processor.
  8. Add this puree to the liquid in pot number 2.
  9. Stir well, place on a low heat and gently simmer. If you find that it needs more water, you can add it at this stage.
  10. Taste for salt.
  11. Transfer to a soup bowl, sprinkle some freshly ground black pepper.
  12. Serve piping hot.

Note:

  1. Water chestnuts is optional. If you can’t get hold of them, you can add 6 – 8 cashews. Or you can skip the nuts altogether. The sweetcorn will still give the soup a nice body.

These are the water chestnuts I used. They remind me of oysters!

Water Chestnuts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the vegetable base.

Tomatoes, Sweetcorn Kernels, Water chestnuts and Grated Ginger for Fat Free Fennel and Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boiling the vegetables. Would look pretty on a dishcloth, no?!

Boiling the Vegetables for Fat Free Fennel and Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetables Cooked for Fat Free Fennel and Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup

Vegetables Cooked for Fat Free Fennel and Ginger Scented Creamy Tomato Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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