Tomato soup

Tomato soup

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Cooking time

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Nutrition info

Nutrition nutrition per serving for four

kcalories
123
protein
4g
carbs
13g
fat
7g
saturates
1g
fibre
4g
sugar
1g
salt
1.08g

Ingredients

  • 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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Method

  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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cas695's picture
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delicious!

juliebahrain's picture
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I brought a load of tomatoes because they were cheap then didn't know what to do with them, so decided to make soup. This recipe was straight forward and had the added bonus of using extra vegetables. I didn't have any bay leaves but I did add a fat clove of garlic. The soup was tasty and was even enjoyed by my teenage daughter who usually only eats Heinz tomato soup.

oldbutstillachild's picture

A lovely, simple soup with a nice creamy texture despite the absence of cream! At 123kcal per serving I will definitely make this again. I halved the recipe and it made two bowls of soup. Perfect for myself and my fiancé.

aspiringamateurchef's picture
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Please can we have a canned tomato version and versions using Basil on it's own, Oregano on it's own and the classic mirepoix of onion, carrot and celery and bayleaves. It would be more helpful as I have no idea how to measure the equivalent in fresh tomatos in terms of tinned. Thanks in advance. Butter is always nice as well and not just olive oil. Also veg stock has to be good. I always end up using Kallo Organic Chicken Stock but need excellent veg stock options maybe a recipe for homemade?

ree2210's picture

This soup is divine. I took some to work for everyone to try and have now passed the recipe on to several of my colleagues who all loved it. I didn't have any bay leaves so they were omitted but it still tastes fantastic.

messyjessie86's picture
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Fresh and deliciouss. It's definitely worth investing in the best tomatoes you can find, as it makes a big difference to the flavour.

binney's picture
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What a fantastic soup. Tasted so much better than shop bought tin soup. So easy to make and the compliments kept flooding in. Highly recommended.

ehoo118's picture
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so easy and so yummy!

zeldax's picture
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Have made this recipe so many times now. Its such a fresh tasty soup, I would certainly recommend it. It does make quite a large amount so I simply pop some in soup freezer bags and take out when needed to slowly defrost. Very easy to make too!

saphira1's picture
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made this soup exactly to recipe and it was the best have made yet.

aspiringamateurchef's picture
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Made with two tins of tomatoes which I imagine is one's usual route in Tomato Soup making. Very nice, I like the fact that it is in effect a 'Tomato Sauce' Soup with flavourings of the mirepoix of carrots, onion and celery making the soup, in itself very tasty without the addition of basil and or oregano. Butter is a must for the recipe.

aspiringamateurchef's picture
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Just made it now with carrot juice cooking water as veggie stock and mirepoix as above with 3 bayleaves.

aspiringamateurchef's picture
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Making it now with 3 bay leaves but not all with aggro of seven types of fresh tomato. Sometimes I think GFM wants us to spend loadsa money on ingredients just to keep a few Corporates happy. I feel this is 'Tomato Sauce Soup' only liquidised.

emmyloopy's picture
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I have just made this for the first time, and found it very easy, and tasted lovely!!!
I too found it alittle watery but I had pre-empted that from the previous comments and didn’t put as much stock in. Yummy!

steved3v's picture
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I just made this soup and it is delicious,by farthe best home made soup i have ever made/tasted!the fact it is freezable as well means i wont have to by a tin of tomato soup for a while aswell,if i can stop eating it that is!

filchedneedle's picture
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The soup tastes nice, I only used around 600ml of water though, and that was plenty, 1.2l would have resulted in a very watery soup, apart from that, top notch!

katyladyuk's picture

I made this soup with two tins of chopped tomatos and only used 1 litre of vegatable stock and it was just as nice! Im a very fussy eater and I love this soup

cherry968's picture
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A soup-erb recipe (sorry), I cooked a huge pot of this soup when my neices came to stay over the xmas break. I served it with fresh crusty bread and home made potatoe wedges, there were eight children at the table (three of which are the pickiest eaters i've ever met) and not only did they all clean their bowls but four of them had a second helping. Spot on!

zeldax's picture
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Love love love this recipe. Its so full of goodness and so tasty, you must try it. It freezes really well too if you want to save some. It does make a large pan full and its well worth the effort. I sometimes add a red chilli and a couple of cloves of garlic with the onions just to spice it up a little if I feel like it with a bit of a kick :)

clairelawrence85's picture
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I love this soup!!!!! I have always hated homemade soup, but decided to try and make some. I've been converted and now love homemade soup because of this recipe. Not sure I agree with previous comments about it being vegetable soup as there is only 1 onion and 1 carrot.
I make a few slight changes. I don't put celery in as I don't like it, I put more tomatoes in, and I put 3 stock cubes in rather than 2. It comes out lovely. I've made it twice now, and everyone who has eaten it completely agree.
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