tomato bredie soup

tomato bredie soup

If I have to admit, soup is not my favourite of foods, I prefer solids, but at this time of year as winter has set into Cape Town in a big way, all damp and dark, stormy and cold, a sandwich or a salad doesn’t always cut it.  A nice hot bowl of soup is the better and more comforting option.

I like to make my own versus buying the prepared supermarket ones, whilst they are convenient from time to time, they are loaded with preservatives and relatively expensive.  Its so easy to make a big pot and freeze portions for the future months.

So this recipe is inspired by the traditional South Africa Tomato bredie stew, and I used the meat from a few lamb chops, but any good quality lamb meat will do. I trimmed off most of the fat in an attempt to keep this a little healthier.

chunky and nourishing

What you need to make this soup:

  • the meat trimmed off 3 lamb chops (about 150gm)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 1 x 400gm tin of chopped peeled tomatoes
  • 1 large potato — or 2 medium cut into small cubes
  • 750ml lamb stock (750ml water plus 2 Tbs Nomu lamb Fond)

How to make this:

  • heat a bit of olive oil in a heavy pot and fry the lamb until golden and then set aside
  • add another splash of oil to the same pan and fry the onion until soft (about 8 minutes)
  • add the garlic, chilli, paprika and tomato paste and fry for about a minute
  • add the tin of tomatoes, the browned lamb and the stock and bring it to the boil
  • reduce the heat to low, and allow to simmer for 45 minutes
  • add the chopped potato and simmer for another 30 minutes
  • check salt and pepper and add if necessary

This is a hearty soup that warms you from the inside out, with just enough spice to give it the necessary kick.

with a little bit of chilli to give it an edge
i love thyme


  1. What a beautiful looking and sounding soup. Especially yum listening to the rain bucketing down, hearing the thunder and lightening and the wind howling round the eaves. Gorgeous photos Sam xx

  2. These photos are warming me up. I love the idea of the bredie as a soup. The Mother in Law and I have a competition between who can make the best bredie, and I think this recipe might just win it for me hehe.

  3. Oh, Sam. Do you have any idea how cold I am? Bring a pot over right now! Delicious recipe and pic. Such a fan of tomato soup, and the combo of soup and bredie? Winner. x

  4. Janey, I am also freezing in my igloo today so am actually heating up a pot of this as I type (had some in the freezer). If you were any closer I’d pop over.
    Looking forward to Saturday! s x

  5. Thanks Caylee, add more lamb and spuds, reduce stock and you have the bredie. I hope you win agains MIL. S x

  6. Thanks Colleen. I am so cold at the moment and not loving it at all.

  7. I looooove tomato bredie and this soup sounds excellent for this misserable weather!!

  8. Beautiful post and lovely pictures. Def a winner 😉

  9. Gerry Anderson says:

    Sammy, I made this soup last night and what a winner. My family demolised it all up within a matter of minutes!! I added a tin of cannellini beans to it and I must say, this recipe is one to try. Thanks Sam – look forward to many more of your delicious recipes.

  10. Gerry that is great! thank you so much for letting me know and beans are always a winner.
    s x

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