Real tomato soup

Real tomato soup

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(101 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Creamy tomato soup is the stuff of childhood, and it's easy to make yourself. Emma Lewis shows you how

Nutrition and extra info

  • Counts as 1 of 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal151
  • fat2g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre11g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.51g
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Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 onion, chopped
    Onion

    Onion

    un-yun

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

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • handful basil leaf
  • pinch baking soda
  • 600ml milk

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, then tip in the onion and garlic. Cook over a moderate heat until the onion has softened, about 5 mins. Stir in the tomato purée, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves, and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 15 mins until thick and full of flavour. If you like a smooth soup, whizz the mixture at this point to form a smooth sauce. Can now be cooled and frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. To finish the soup, tip the tomato mixture into a pan. Spoon the baking soda into a small bowl and pour over 1 tbsp or so of the milk. Mix together until there are no lumps, then tip into the tomato mix and pour over the milk. Bring up to a boil (the mixture will froth, but don’t worry – it will go away). Gently simmer for about 5 mins until ready to serve.

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kirstienic
30th Jan, 2017
1.3
Bit disappointing really. Quite thin, watery soup without much flavour.
vancoolie
7th Jul, 2016
3.8
Fried the onion and garlic then added half a cubed potato and water till soft. Added the tin of tomatoes and purée and simmered. Added the basil and lots of seasoning. Blended. Added single cream. Heated again. Lovely creamy tomato soup.
annepocock1312@...
4th Nov, 2015
I'm glad I didn't read the reviews before trying this some of them were very negative or saying add this/don't use this. I made it just as the recipe said. Three large bowls of perfect tomato soup. I was a bit worried about the baking soda but it worked just as the recipe said. (I used baking powder). Thanks Emma.
catie74
9th Sep, 2015
I used 2 cans of tomatoes. A good squirt of tomato puree (I always add more tomato puree where it is used in a recipe and never measure it) I also used 400ml chicken stock instead of the milk and added a little cream. Didn't use the baking soda. 3 empty bowls from the kids
Brian Jones
4th May, 2015
3.8
Quick, easy and tasty. Great recipe when you don't have time to use fresh tomatoes and don't just want to open a tin of H...z Tomato Soup!!
J Lane
17th Oct, 2013
Tried this recipe as it had 4 stars..... Should have read the comments first! It was very insipid and I didn't like the thin layer of red which disguised the milkiness which lay below. Probably won't try it again, even doubling the volume of tomatoes, adding sugar and using potato or similar as per the comments. If you think anything of your readers, maybe it should just be deleted or at least re-tested and re-written. (Don't normally have many failures with your recipes!)
italianmonica
30th Aug, 2013
There is no need to add soda: when you are softening onion and garlic add a finely sliced potato as well, the starch will help giving it that lovely thick consistency. Basil should never be cooked for long, better add it at the end, just tear it with your fingers and stir it in. If you prefer to blend everything, put it in during the very last run of the blades. Just a good pinch of regular sugar is necessary to balance the acidity- no milk required!
nidawais
4th Jun, 2013
5.05
Made tomato soup for the first time and i loved it.. Easy and Low Fat :D..
mihaelapaunescu
12th Mar, 2013
5.05
I love the fact that it has no stock cube in it! Also it tastes great!
maddyofficial1
10th Feb, 2013
5.05
Looks delish, I'll make it like the comments suggest!

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