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

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  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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  • 1-1¼kg/2lb 4oz-2lb 12oz ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 celery stick
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 squirts of tomato purée (about 2 tsp)
  • a good pinch of sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1.2 litres/ 2 pints hot vegetable stock (made with boiling water and 4 rounded tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes)

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  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2002

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tasha_seh's picture

I have just made this soup for lunch at home. Was amazing and really simple to follow. I didn't have any tomatoes at home so I used 1 tin of peeled tomatoes instead and mushed the tomatoes throughout cooking. Once blitzing at the end it was all smooth and lovely. I also chopped a chilli in there as pointed out in the comments.

Would definately make it again!!!!

SuBu's picture

Have just made this soup for my lunch at work for next week - really tasty and the recipe was simple to follow! I added a little bit of milk in with the stock (decreased the stock accordingly) to make it a bit creamy looking but without the calories of cream. I also added basil leaves to the tomato mixture before whizzing and at the end some worcestershire sauce - delicious!!

symjc's picture

Have just made this,excellent recipe and sooo easy to make,I added a little chilli powder when softening the veg just for an added kick.

michelleb1310's picture

This is a lovely soup, it needs plenty of seasoning though and a generous pinch of sugar (I used a rounded teaspoon) Also I found it much nicer from being sieved, more silky.

suzanne1307's picture

Great recipe so easy to make, now I know what to do with all my home grown tomatoes after the summer.

haslop's picture

Really impressed with how easy and tasty this recipe is. Followed the recipe, and also added 1 red chilli - delicious!!!

tara-m's picture

Really darn tasty, I halved the ingredients though as just two of us and still got about 6 servings out of the batch. Better than Heinz and healthier!


So tasty and easy to make . !!!

weldonblue's picture

I have just made this soup, and am thrilled with the results. Followed the recipe to the letter, ( make sure you chop up carrots and celery quite small), This will become a family favourite. Really great for lunch with crusty bread.

Flirtyfabgirl's picture
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Well i cant cook at all but thought with having a 15 month old i wanted to cook fresh and she loves soup. Well followed recipe, added a pinch of crushed chillis, mixed herbs and small double cream. i didnt remove bay leaves i zapped them up in the soup and not only did my lil one love it but my husband is an executive chef and he said its one of the best soups hes ever tasted!!!!! well after nearly fainting with that compliment i can honestly say ths recipe is fantasic!!! Xxx

stilllearning7's picture

I think this soup is brilliant! The only thing is I accidentally put in 2 tablespoons of tomato puree instead of teaspoons but it was brilliant! Lovely soup, thank you.

annberlin's picture

this is an easy tasty soup will definitely make it again.

carlybrennan's picture

I just made this soup. Not really a fan of celery so I was very apprehensive about it. It was lovely, I used plum tomatoes and sliced them into chunks in the tin as this is all I had. It was so good and healthy, defiantly will be adding this to the favourite recipes :) will try putting some roasted tomatoes in next time.

butternutbaby's picture
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Really nice, simple recipe, though I didn't need to cook it for as long as the recipe suggests at the end. A good base for adding chilli or red peppers, too, if you like.

lisamcd's picture

I made this for my family and everyone loved it. My kids had two bowls each :) i think maybe next time i'll add a little bit double cream just to make it abit creamy but part from that this is perfect. Thank you :)

shellie2780's picture

I love this soup it's full of flavour and all just goes straight into the soup pot my 15 yr old son has atleast 2 dishes full every time compliments to the chef xx

janmelnick's picture
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This was absolutely amazing. Try using Tomato passata instead of tomato puree, downgrading the qty of stock.

Issimo4's picture

Just made this soup absolutely gorgeous and syn free on my diet Happy Girl :-)

Molly Bear's picture

I was over the ''Fruit of the Toon'' green grocers in Hamilton when he ask me if I would like a box (4.9Kg) of vine tomato for a few quid. After a wee look, chose this as it didn't involve adding tins of toms too. It was my 1st time making it. DELICIOUS!!! Hubby thought so too. Marjorie nxt door took some & Danielle, a friend, did too. Will let you know what they thought. Froze the rest. Easiest thing to prep & cook. Chop, throw, stir.

juniemoon's picture

Really tasty soup, I added some roasted red peppers to give it a little bite - very tasty, will definitely cook again.