Instant Pot Tomato Soup
Hungarian cuisine is rich with soups. There is no main meal without soup as a first of primary course. I have to be honest, I miss soups. I often joke that I could live on soups and salads. I prefer brothy light soups based on bone broth, but I did develop a taste for creamier soups. I like my tomato soup with a sharp tomato base, but I discovered this recipe from Jennifer Robin’s book Paleo Cooking with Instant Pot, and I liked how the sweet potato brought down the acidity. But to my taste brought it down a bit too much; her original recipe turned out to be tasting more like squash soup, less like tomato soup. So I started fussing with the recipe and mixing it with my grandmother’s notes.
1 kilo = 2.2 pounds of fresh tomatoes diced
½ of a medium size sweet potato coarsely chopped
½ to 1 six ounces can of tomato paste
½ cup of chopped carrots
5 minced garlic
2 onions chopped
½ of a stick of butter
4 cups of chicken stock
¼ of a can of coconut milk
Salt, pepper and dried basil to taste
2 tbsp arrowroot to thicken
First, hug and kiss your Instant Pot because it is your new toy and friend. OK maybe not, I do, I love my new toy…
Combine all ingredients minus coconut and arrowroot. Only add ½ of the six-ounce tomato paste, just in case you don’t like it too sour. You can always add in the rest in later after you tasted the result.
Secure the lid and close the pressure valve, press soup button. Go take a yoga class, or go for a run. Do your taxes; sorry it is almost April. Didn’t mean to bring it up, but you know; death and taxes, two things we can count on. The bottom line, the beauty of Instant Pot, it gives you back your two hands!
Once your back from your break, release the pressure and remove the lid. Take your immersion blender and blend into a smooth paste. Taste it. If you want more sour flavor? Add in the rest of the can of tomato paste. Do you need more salt? How about pepper? Wanna add a bit more dried basil? I don’t know? It is your soup, experience your creation and see what you need. Get involved, have an opinion, don’t just follow. Oh, I could take this message somewhere, but I will stop myself! : – )
Now add in the coconut milk, heck you can add more if coconut makes your heart sing. Take the arrowroot powder and stir it into ½ a cup of water. Make sure it is entirely melted, then add it to the soup. Blend and cook soup a little further until arrowroot had time to thicken the soup a bit.
Serve with freshly chopped basil, or without it. Enjoy!
Until next time, do yoga, eat real food, be mindful, work and play hard!