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Soups of the world – Recipes from around the globe & some creations of my own

A Fragrant Tomato Soup



Although I have been a soup fan my whole life, I discovered tomato soup quite late, it was during a trip to Belgium 6 years ago. Soup is a very typical Belgian dish and there was  a varied offer in every restaurant menu. Of course I tried as many as I could!

As one usually remembers first times of important events in life; I specially recall my first tomato soup. I had it in a lovely restaurant in the charming city of Bruges (unfortunately I did not record the name). It was served with tiny meatballs, which stroke me as a great way of serving meatballs in style. Since then, I sometimes copy this idea, but I wanted a super light and easy supper this time, so I didn’t include meatballs.

This is a simple story for a simple, but mouth-watering recipe. I added my twist to this version. Let’s go with it!

Servings: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30/40 minutes depending on the desired crispness of the veggies



  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 large tin of diced tomatoes  + their juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper mix (black, white, green and pink) to taste
  • Sweet and hot paprika to taste


First heat the oil in a a cooking pot. Add the garlic, onion, celery, carrots and cumin seeds and sauté over medium heat until softened. At this stage, cumin perfume will start filling the kitchen.

Pour the vegetable stock, the diced tomatoes with their juice and the bay leaf. Season with salt, the mix of peppers and the hot and sweet paprika. Stir, and brig to a boil.


Cover, turn down the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes if you want your celery and carrots crispy. If you prefer them soft, cook for an extra 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!



4 thoughts on “A Fragrant Tomato Soup

  1. Great that you were in Bruges! Hope you liked it 🙂


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  3. When I was a child in England, my mum always made soup but tinned Heinz Cream of Tomato soup seemed ot me to be thei height of sophistication and always brings back memories of being off school with a cold and being given it as a treat! Of course, nowadays I’d much rather eat home made soup and this one looks like it would chase away the winter blues 🙂


    • Hi! Thanks for sharing such a lovely memory! Food always have memories attached, it’s like music in that way. Something similar happened to me as a child, my nanny used to make me stock cube soup with pasta, and it was my favourite food! I think she was the one who made me start loving soup. And although I don’t prepare stock cube soups anymore, it is definitely the taste of my childhood and a wonderful memory!


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