Bloody Mary spicy tomato soup (Slimming World friendly)

I made this soup after thinking about the flavours I love in a Bloody Mary cocktail and how good they would be in a hot soup in this cold weather. I made it and took it to my class Halloween party tonight and it was very popular.

You can adjust the heat as you like the tsp of chili flakes I used made it slightly spicy 'bit of a kick' but not burn your mouth hot so if you like it spicy add more if you don't like spice at all leave it out the other ingredients give the soup tons of flavour anyway.

There is no vodka in this so I suppose it's a Virgin mary soup but feel free to add vodka if you like but remember to syn it!

Bloody Mary spicy tomato soup

1 large onion (chopped)
2 sticks celery (chopped)
1 clove garlic (crushed)
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 x 500g cartons passata
2 pints vegetable stock (from a cube is fine)
2 tsp celery salt
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp dried chili flakes (more or less to taste)
salt and pepper
low calorie spray oil

Spray a large saucepan with the spray oil and over a low heat fry the onion, garlic and celery sprinkle with a little salt as this helps the vegetables to soften but not brown which is what you want. When the vegetables are soft add all the other ingredients and stir well. Bring to the boil then simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes to let the flavours blend together.

Blitz until smooth either with a stick blender right in the pan (which is what I use) or by blitzing in a blender or food processor but be careful as it's hot.

Bring back to the boil in the sauce pan once blended and taste if it needs salt and pepper and season to taste I usually add a tsp of pepper and just a little salt as some was added at the beginning.

Serves 6 generously and is syn free

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