Tomato soup with mascarpone

Suitable from 8 months

Tomato soup with mascarpone
It always surprises me how simple it is to make a good soup, and tomato soup is no exception. We had this for dinner the other night and it made me so happy that the whole family could eat the same food without any extra preparations – even my 8-month old couldn’t get enough of it.
Tomatoes are excellent sources of antioxidants (found to protect us from different cancers as well as promoting healthy skin and bones), dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins (especially vitamins A and C). Did you know that a tomato is technically a fruit? A fruit is generally defined as the edible part of a plant containing the seeds, while a vegetable is the edible stems, leaves, or plant roots. Who would’ve known!
Some babies are extra sensitive to acidy food like tomato and citrus fruit, usually showing mild symptoms like redness or swelling around the mouth. Stronger reactions are very unusual. If your baby seems sensitive to tomatoes it’s best to wait a few months and then try again.

Recipe tips
Fresh basil gives this soup a real taste kick – if you don’t have any fresh one on hand though you can replace it with 1 tsp of dried, or even a click of green pesto. If you prefer your soup chunky rather than smooth, simply skip the hand blender in the end!

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