In Greek: ντοματόσουπα με λάδι, pronounced doh-mah-TOH-soo-pah meh LAH-thee
This is a favorite soup in my home on rainy days. We serve it with grated kefalotyri (good substitutes are pecorino and parmesan).
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
- 1 2/3 pounds of ripe tomatoes
- 1 stalk of wild celery or Chinese celery (or 1 stalk of celery with leaves)
- 1 carrot, finely sliced
- 1 medium onion, minced
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 7 cups of water
- 3/4 cup of soup pasta
- 1/3 cup of olive oil
- sea salt
- SUGGESTED HERBS
- oregano or
- basil or
If using thick stalked celery, clean well and slice very finely.
Peel the tomatoes and cut into large pieces. In a pot, combine tomatoes, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic. Add a little water and boil for 20 minutes. Puree the mixture in the processor bowl, and return to the pot. Add the olive oil and boil for 5 minutes longer. Stir in the pasta and remaining water, lower the heat, and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste, and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Serving suggestions: This soup tastes great with grated cheese on top. Here in Greece, we tend to use our locally produced hard, salty cheeses, but it’s also very good with grated cheddar.