Tomato soup

Tomato soup

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serves 4 for lunch or 6 as a starter
To make the tastiest tomato soup you’ll ever experience wait until the tomatoes are at their most ripe and juicy, around September

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: nutrition per serving for four

  • kcal123
  • fat7g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre4g
  • protein4g
  • salt1.08g
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  • 1-1¼kg/2lb 4oz-2lb 12oz ripe tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1 medium onion



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 small carrot



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 squirts of tomato purée (about 2 tsp)
  • a good pinch of sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 2 bay leaf
  • 1.2 litres/ 2 pints hot vegetable stock (made with boiling water and 4 rounded tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes)


  1. Firstly, prepare your vegetables. You need 1-1.25kg/2lb 4oz-2lb 12oz ripe tomatoes. If the tomatoes are on their vines, pull them off. The green stalky bits should come off at the same time, but if they don't, just pull or twist them off afterwards. Throw the vines and green bits away and wash the tomatoes. Now cut each tomato into quarters and slice off any hard cores (they don't soften during cooking and you'd get hard bits in the soup at the end). Peel 1 medium onion and 1 small carrot and chop them into small pieces. Chop 1 celery stick roughly the same size.

  2. Spoon 2 tbsp olive oil into a large heavy-based pan and heat it over a low heat. Hold your hand over the pan until you can feel the heat rising from the oil, then tip in the onion, carrot and celery and mix them together with a wooden spoon. Still with the heat low, cook the vegetables until they're soft and faintly coloured. This should take about 10 minutes and you should stir them two or three times so they cook evenly and don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

  3. Holding the tube over the pan, squirt in about 2 tsp of tomato purée, then stir it around so it turns the vegetables red. Shoot the tomatoes in off the chopping board, sprinkle in a good pinch of sugar and grind in a little black pepper. Tear 2 bay leaves into a few pieces and throw them into the pan. Stir to mix everything together, put the lid on the pan and let the tomatoes stew over a low heat for 10 minutes until they shrink down in the pan and their juices flow nicely. From time to time, give the pan a good shake – this will keep everything well mixed.

  4. Slowly pour in the 1.2 litres/ 2 pints of hot stock (made with boiling water and 4 rounded tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes), stirring at the same time to mix it with the vegetables. Turn up the heat as high as it will go and wait until everything is bubbling, then turn the heat down to low again and put the lid back on the pan. Cook gently for 25 minutes, stirring a couple of times. At the end of cooking the tomatoes will have broken down and be very slushy looking.

  5. Remove the pan from the heat, take the lid off and stand back for a few seconds or so while the steam escapes, then fish out the pieces of bay leaf and throw them away. Ladle the soup into your blender until it’s about three-quarters full, fit the lid on tightly and turn the machine on full. Blitz until the soup’s smooth (stop the machine and lift the lid to check after about 30 seconds), then pour the puréed soup into a large bowl. Repeat with the soup that’s left in the pan. (The soup may now be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost before reheating.)

  6. Pour the puréed soup back into the pan and reheat it over a medium heat for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until you can see bubbles breaking gently on the surface. Taste a spoonful and add a pinch or two of salt if you think the soup needs it, plus more pepper and sugar if you like. If the colour’s not a deep enough red for you, plop in another teaspoon of tomato purée and stir until it dissolves. Ladle into bowls and serve. Or sieve and serve chilled with some cream swirled in. For other serving suggestions, see opposite.

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Comments (276)

Vornee's picture

Okay, listen up all of you!
Stop with the Basil stupidity!!
Fresh Tarragon sprigs when you put in the stock.
Follow instructions, then remove Tarragon before you spin.
Best ever.

winterlass's picture

I made this tomato soup and it is absolutely delicious. I have frozen some in individual glass containers. I cannot wait to make this again soon. Thank you for this great recipe.

Ashtree25's picture

I've just used up all my home grown tomatoes making this - have just had a taste and it is delicious! I have to say, though, that the laborious detail in the instructions is really ridiculous - if there is anyone out there who is so dense that they need to have it explained to them how to take stalks off tomatoes, then there is very little chance they would be able to use the internet to find this recipe, and even less chance they'd be able to make the soup!

winterlass's picture

I have just read the recipe and I know that I will be making this. I actually appreciate the easy directions. I use an immersion blender, hand stick (I am a Brit living in the states, hoooomesick for England) - so I am not sure what you call the immersion blender back home, have been here a looong time. I do not like to pour hot soups into a plastic, bpa, or not, container, so blend in a pot with hand blender. Some much younger people and much older people will appreciate the detailed directions. I like to read easy directions when I have too much going on. I will use basil in this.

Thank you for this recipe.

Edaw's picture

Tried this recipe and was not disappointed! Made with home grown tomatoes and will be a firm favourite from now on!

ChefAtWork1's picture

I agree with you this recipie is amazing xx

Flossie64's picture

This sounds lovely, I've not made it yet. I have to say though I'm not sure who wrote this recipe, but it seems to be aimed at children with the way things are described in the method. Really ridiculous

jonesjl's picture

Made this soup for the first time and will be definitely making it again - will change the bay leaf to basil next time. Waited for the soup to cool before blending it.

sianjd's picture

Just made this soup out of all the home grown tomatoes I've been given. I used dry basil instead of bay leaf. I also de-seeded the tomatoes. I waited for the soup to cool down a lot before blending....I also used pasata instead of puree. I sieved the soup. Absolutely stunning..gorgeous. I will definitely make again..thanks

karenrutledge's picture

I've made this twice now. Easy and delicious. Because I was using homegrown, fresh tomatoes I didn't need to put the sugar in. I also used basil, thanks for the tip

Teddies Mummie's picture

This is the tastiest, most wholesome tasting fresh tomato soup I have tasted. So easy to make and prepare and great for vegetarians and fussy kids :) It's far tastier made with the Swiss Bouillon stock powder than conventional veg stocks. Gives more bite to the taste :) I used a big batch of homegrown beef tomatoes going soft. Nothing like homegrown produce!

Heidiwest's picture

I used fresh basil, so easy, I used fresh tomatoes from my garden. I just carefully used a hand blender to blend once I had left it to cool down for an hour. You can always reheat it. I also passed thru a sieve as a few bits of carrot and tomato skin left, but it sieved beautifully. I will definitely make this again

MrsWonder's picture

Delicious and very easy. My kids loved it!

tiggather's picture

This soup is absolutely delicious! I used 2 cans of tinned tomatoes, reduced the amount of stock a little, then stirred in some cream just before serving.

ambrereton's picture

Absolutely delish- added a few basil leaves and ended up with two big saucepans full of tasty soup!

If you want to add a bit of substance and make it more of a stand alone meal, throw in a handful of red lentils when you add the puree and they soften up by the time it's done.

dwatson27's picture

Made this today as per recipe. Added a sprinkling of dried basil to the soup. Delicious! Feeling very pleased I was able to use up all the tomatoes in the fridge too!
Served with garlic and rosemary focaccia bread.
5 stars :)

KevO's picture

Firstly may I say that the author of the recipe is guilty of accrediting a modicum of common sense to her readers...big mistake!
Anyone who has used a blender should know not to fit the lid on tightly when blending hot liquids. Secondly it's a good habit to get into removing the pouring cap from the centre of the blender lid and placing a clean dry folded tea towel loosely over the hole before SLOWLY increasing the speed on the blender....and keep your face out of the way! Oh and don't forget to turn the blender off completely BEFORE removing the lid completely!
Right that's the H&S lesson out of the way, on to the recipe. I find that the addition of some fresh basil instead of the bay leaves gives a more rounded flavour. Bay can be quite bitter, whilst tomato and basil is a match made in heaven!

MIKEOLLIE9699's picture

Although this is a really great soup I have only given it 3 stars as I am SERIOUSLY CONCERNED about the safety aspects of this recipe. I have just experienced a nasty scald to face and chest following this recipe!!!. The recipe says leave soup to cool for seconds before putting through the blender and I did this and it exploded over my face and neck. I followed all instructions exactly and only 3/4 filled blender. I also left it longer than seconds about 10 minutes. This is VERY DANGEROUS. I do not want someone else to go through this. Maybe I should have used my own sense but sadly didn't on this occasion. I am still very shaken after 3 hours and had to telephone my doctor. I have had burns cream applied. PLEASE CHANGE THIS RECIPE NOW AND REMEMBER TO EXERCISE CAUTION WHEN ADDING RECIPES!


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