The first time I had that soup was at a school lunch in Ravintola Arabianranta. It was delicious and I was surprised to have such good food in that restaurant, which usually serves quite unidentifiable food.
Ever since that day I have been dreaming about it and finally one day I got to make it. And now it is official: it is my favourite soup.. I like tomatoes and any tomato soup already, and the addition of mascarpone gives it an extra creamy and soft / smooth texture to this one.
And it is very easy to make. Not so many chopping, not so many different actions. You just put the ingredients one by one in the pan and wait for it to cook, stirring every now and then. You need a blender or a food processor in the end to make it all creamy. You can eat it with croutons, a slice of crusty bread and you can also decorate with some fresh basil leaves (I was planning to, but I forgot in the end since I could not wait anymore to eat it).
As stock, I used ready vegetable stock (kasvisliemi in Finnish). You can also make your own stock or you can use ready chicken stock, it is all up to you. You can just use water instead of stock as well.
This soup is also delicious served cold. I had a little bit of it left and ate it next day for lunch. I kept it in the fridge of course, and I had it right out of the fridge, cold. It was really nice and sort of lighter like that. I decided to prepare some for our next picnic. So you see, it is also perfect for summer!
(I adapted the recipe from redonline.co.uk)
250 gr. cherry tomatoes
4 garlic cloves
4 tbsp / 60 ml olive oil
A handful of fresh basil leaves
1 can / 400 gr. peeled tomatoes in tomato juice
1 tsp / 5 ml granulated white sugar
200 ml stock (I used vegetable stock)
250 gr. mascarpone cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Chop cherry tomatoes in two, crush garlic cloves.