Spicy tomato soup

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes

Spiced tomato and chick pea soupIngredients

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½-1 tsp crushed flaked chilli
2 (400g/14oz) cans chopped tomatoes
1 (400g/14oz) can chick peas, drained then a few reserved for garnish
750ml (1¼pt vegetable stock
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 (100g) bag watercress
a squeeze of lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1 Heat the oil in a large pan, add the onion and sauté for 4 minutes until soft. Stir in the garlic and chilli and cook for 30 seconds.

2 Add the tomatoes, chick peas, stock and purée, stir well and bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

3 Transfer to food processor, add the watercress, then blend until just smooth. Return to the pan, add the lemon juice, then season to taste. Gently reheat then serve in bowls. Decorate with the reserved chick peas and some watercress.

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