Real tomato soup

Real tomato soup

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

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

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
151
protein
7g
carbs
13g
fat
2g
saturates
2g
fibre
11g
sugar
11g
salt
0.51g

Ingredients

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

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2007

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avrildickson's picture

Loved this recipe easy to make. I double everything, quadrupled the tomato puree and tins of tomatoes, added salt,pepper and 3 tablespoons brown sugar as advised. Will make this again:-)

avrildickson's picture

Loved this recipe easy to make. I double everything, quadrupled the tomato puree and tins of tomatoes, added salt,pepper and 3 tablespoons brown sugar as advised. Will make this again:-)

trelfer's picture
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As suggested I doubled up the tomato, added more puree and a stock cube to give it depth. Mine curdled so added 4 pinches of soda in the end to rectify this. It tastes quite nice but it's not now like the recipe.

stopwritersblock's picture
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Tastes amazing! I did as suggested above and doubled the amount of tomatoes + paste. I also added two teaspoons of pesto (but if i had more, i probably would have added more) and a splash of tarragon vinegar. Since my family do not generally like milky things, we didn't add the milk. Instead, we added spoons of natural yogurt to the serving bowls at the table. It tasted great!

I served it with this bread http://www.food.com/recipe/crusty-french-bread-101476. My family enjoyed it and there was enough bread for breakfast the next day!

alanjns's picture

Made this today and it tasted really nice - follwed the suggestions to double up the tomatoes and the puree and added plenty of seasoning. Will definitely make again.

Can anyone explain the purpose of the baking soda?

cruicky's picture

Delicious: I agree that you need to up the quantity of Tomatoes, I made it a second time and added a pinch of Chilli Flakes, this gave it a slightly spicey lift which worked realy well!
Best Tomato Soup Recipe I've found........

kiwiinlux's picture
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Very easy to make, but quite a bland soup, and not that creamy. My 7 year old told me it tasted of nothing. Should have heeded other comments and doubled up on tomatoes.

clhunter15's picture
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Lovely creamy soup. Definitely needing the extra tomatoes and som seasoning.

yuletide's picture

Doubled the tomatoes and added some cream Fraiche , really good soup will definitely be a family favourite

sweetmummy's picture
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I just made this soup. It was so yummy even my three fussy kids loved it. I added a teaspoon brown sugar an extra tin of tomatoes and a dash of worcestershire sauce. So easy to make I don't think I will ever buy another tin of tomato soup again!.

rachies75's picture

Hi....is it baking powder of bi-carbonate of soda?

nargis82's picture
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I used 800 g fresh tomatoes and 400 ml milk, great soup! thanks!

karinacarleton's picture
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I love this soup! Doubled the tomato puree and added Weight Watchers Creme Fraiche so it isnt too high in fat or calories!

aquarius100's picture

A great recipe. Doubled up on tomatoes and puree and also added some tomato ketchup instead of the sugar to balance the acidity. I used less milk to make a thicker consistency. Be sure to use Bicarbonate of Soda and not Baking Powder. Will certainly make this tasty and very easy soup again.

thespecialk's picture
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Made some changes because I was too lazy to check the recipe when making & forgot exactly what went into it!! I added 2 tins tomatoes, some veg stock, lots of basil leaves, sugar & the added a big dollop of creme fraiche, I added a lot of pepper for some kick. I forgot the baking soda but it was thick enough because of the 2 tins of tomatoes! My boyfriend was raving about it, I made it during the day because I would not be home in time for dinner. Came home & he had nearly eaten the whole pot!!!

slickandsexy's picture

MMM really lovely soup. I added more tomato puree after having read previous comments. Also put a dollop of ketchup in, and a splash of balsamic vinegar, which really added to the depth of flavour. Will definitely make this again, maybe with red pepper. What a great tip with the bicarb!

fruitybooboo's picture
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Yeah doubled tomato and added broeWn sugar too but very nice dish and easy to make :0)

paulf123's picture

My first attempt at tomato soup and it was very tasty and so easy to do! I would suggest to add a decent amount of seasoning, especially black pepper, which gives a bit of a kick. All in all a very good recipe!

casson's picture

I had no fresh basil either but dried was very tasty. I only added half of the milk to create a thicker soup but it would only really serve two as a result. Very easy and very tasty!

whirlwind's picture
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With a bit of tweeking as suggested in the comments, this soup was really nice. I used 2 tins of tomatoes, doubled the tomato puree, added some dried italian herbs with the onion. I added a stock cube, plenty of seasoning, used only 400ml milk and added a touch of brown sugar.

The use of the bicarb of soda with milk gives the soup a lovely smooth, rich texture without the calories of cream. It's a great idea.

I think the soup would taste a bit bland if you stuck to the basic recipe. Definitely needs some tweeking

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