Foolproof tomato soup

I know, I know. Another tomato soup. I can bet you it's not going to be the last one either. But We're sharing this one with you because, well, it's foolproof. It never goes wrong. It's fast to make. Easy on the stomache. Good for the soul. You get the picture. Really, try this out.

Type of dish: soup
Cost: cheap
Difficulty:  easy
Time:  10 min
Serves: 2-4
Cooking time: 10 min

What you need to make this dish:

2 medium saucepans, ladle, spoon, teaspoon, colander, bowls to serve


  • Any kind of small pasta, 1 1/2 cup
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 2 tbsp tomato concentrate (or paste)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 squeeze of lemon juice
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Creme Fraiche (sour cream)

How to prepare:
Bring water to boil in both pots. In one of them, put in the stock cube and tomato paste and mix around. In the other pot, give a pinch of salt and throw in the pasta to cook the time according to package. In the soup pot, add the butter, salt, pepper, sugar and lemon juice, mix well, taste to see if it needs more salt, or pepper. Don't add any more sugar! Once the pasta is cooked, drain and divide in bowls. Pour in some soup to each bowl, add a spoon of sour cream on top and additionally garnish with fresh basil leaves of fresh cut parsley. Serve!

Additional information: 
You can make the soup more thick, by mixing half a cup of soup with a teaspoon of flour. This was our grannies method for bad times, when cream was scarce. Still, this soup works with flour, and cream. 
AE showed me a cool trick with basil today. Take a basil leaf  in your hand and clap them once. The basil releases it's fragrant aromas, and you can either serve it whole, or slice it. Enjoy!

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