Happy World Book Day everyone! Did you go to work or school dressed as a literary character? I didn't really, but I was spending it in spirit. However today's recipe might turn out to be suitable to the theme and what could be more fun than good old alphabet soup? I made this tomato based soup with alphabet pasta, and I'm sure that you would get most kids eating this with passion and maybe even forming words on their plates.
800 g tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp olive oil
Bunch of fresh basil
100 g tomato puree
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup alphabet pasta
Chop the shallots and garlic finely. Remove the skins of the tomatoes by dipping them for a few seconds into boiling water and then to cold water. Then the skins should almost remove themselves.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook the shallots and garlic soft. Add the skinned tomatoes to the pan.
Let simmer under the lid at medium to low heat for at least 30 minutes by occasionally stirring and crushing the tomatoes with a ladle as they become softer.
Season the soup with fresh basil, tomato purée, salt and pepper and purée the soup with a hand mixer.
In a separate pot, boil the alphabet pasta until al dente and add the cute letters to the tomato soup.
Serve warm and enjoy! I served fluffy homemade garlic and basil rolls on the side, for which I will be soon sharing a recipe (not my own unfortunately).