I think soup is one of the easiest ways to up your kids’ vegetable intake. I know a lot of fussy eaters that love soup, especially when blended like this tomato soup. Low in salt and with no added sugar it is perfect for kids. I use tomatoes on the vine in this recipe as the flavour is amazing. I use homemade stock or very low salt stock cubes to keep the sodium level down for Rory (13 months.) Personally I need to add some salt to my bowl but the boys are happy without.
I love to add toppings to soup for extra kid appeal like raisins in this curried lentil and coconut soup or apple pieces in this butternut squash and apple soup. In this soup I made a web from greek yoghurt. Finn is a huge Spiderman fan and loves this! With Halloween being tomorrow I thought it would also make a great halloween lunch.
Making the web is so simple. Start by adding natural yogurt to a sandwich bag. Snip the end off and use as a piping bag. Pipe a swirl of yogurt onto the soup (see picture) then drag the yogurt from the centre of the swirl to the end using a cocktail stick. Drag in different direction until it represents a web.
Tomato Soup for Kids
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion (chopped)
- 2 carrots (chopped)
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 800 g tomatoes on the vine (chopped)
- 400 g tin of plum tomatoes
- 750 ml vegetable stock*
- handful basil leaves
- 2 tbsp natural greek yoghurt
- Heat oil in a large pan over a medium heat.
- Add the onion and carrot, reduce the heat to low and cook until softened (around 10-15 mins)
- Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.
- Add the tomatoes , stock and basil and stir. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 mins.
- Blend the soup until smooth
- To make the web..
- Put the yoghurt into a sandwich bag, snip off the end and use as a piping bag. Pipe a swirl of yoghurt onto the soup then drag the yoghurt from the centre of the swirl to the end. Drag in different directions until it represents a web.
*use homemade stock or low salt stock cubes