One of my goals for 2010 was to make sure that we stayed in touch with my and my husbands Nana’s more. We are both so lucky to still have a Nana each that our children have been able to meet, spend time with and get to know.
The preschooler, toddler and I have had lunch a number of times this year with Mr I’s Nana. She is such an amazing woman. At the age of 97, Nana still lives by herself and is happy to make us lunch when we come to visit! Recently we had tomato soup, my preschooler loved it and had been asking me to make it at home. (He still says pumpkin soup is his favourite though.)
I have been making Monday night soup night during winter anyway, so thought I would give a slow cooker recipe a try to make the tomato soup and it turned out beautifully. We have swimming Monday afternoon for an hour from 5.30pm, so we have an early dinner that I have prepared in advance and then the kids just have a snack after swimming. We essentially just swap the order of dinner and afternoon tea. I have found this a much easier way to run the evening time on nights like this. It means once we get home from swimming, we can go straight to bath and bed for the little ones, who very much need it.
If you have any slow cooker soup recipes you could recommend, I would love to hear about them. Feel free to leave links in the comments!
Slow Cooker Tomato Soup
- 1.75kgs tomatoes roughly chopped
- 4 cups beef stock
- 2 onions finely chopped
- 5 tbsps sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil shredded
- 2 tbsps Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup cream
- Optional: 2 tbsps corn flour for thickening
- Place tomatoes, stock, onion, sugar, basil and Worcestershire sauce into slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or auto/low for 6-8 hours.
- Let the mixture cool slightly, then puree in batches.
- Pour the liquid back into the slow cooker and heat on high for 1-2 hours.
- If like me you prefer a thicker soup, 1 hour before serving mix the corn flour with about 1/4 cup water and add to the soup, stirring well.
- 15 minutes before serving add cream to soup and reheat.
- Serve with some lovely crusty bread and enjoy!
The Family Menu Plan For This Week
Baking: I am yet to try Lou’s fab Yo Yo Biscuit Recipe, so will try that this week.
Monday: Pumpkin Soup
Tuesday: Porcupine Meatballs
Wednesday: Left Overs
Thursday: Baked Penne With Bacon
Friday: Fried Rice
Saturday: Home Made Hamburgers And Salad
Sunday: Slow Cooked Roast Lamb
If you are looking for further recipe inspiration, check out my complete list of Family Friendly Recipes. All of these recipes are in the database of the Planning With Kids Free Menu Planner. You can use the menu planner to plan a week of meals for your family and then print out the associated shopping list. TweetTags: slow cooker, soup