There’s nothing quite like a hot tomato soup to warm the cockles on a winters day! Try out this simple recipe, we promise you won’t be disappointed…

(Makes about 12 portions)

3 roughly chopped red onions

4 cloves roughly chopped garlic

1 dessertspoon dried oregano

1 tin tomatoes

4 large fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped

3 Tablespoons tomato puree

250 grams chopped bacon optional

6 pints water

1 dessertspoon liquid chicken stock or 3 chicken stock cubes

Freshly ground pepper

Fry the onions, garlic, oregano and bacon in 1oz butter. 2 mins later add 1 dessertspoon plain flour, cook 2 mins on low heat. Add water, tomatoes  and the tomato puree, and the stock cubes. Simmer about 30 mins, puree in a liquidizer or stick blender and serve with crème fraiche.