Real tomato soup

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


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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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 1 onion, chopped



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



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  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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Comments (148)

xbettydx's picture

Delicious the whole family loved it and very easy to make

wendykr's picture

I really liked this, but added a dessert spoonful of brown sugar which really made it!

gemzykate's picture

This was really quick and easy, unfortunately I didn't double the tomatoes so it was a little bland, will try that next time though!

shezza's picture

i agree with all the above comments as we also add more tomatoes than stated in the recipe and also added some seasoning. all of the family enjoyed this recipe and it is nice and easy.

bigted1968's picture

i also added double tomatoes into the soup. I used tinned chopped tomatoes with herbs in them as well as the Basil

veronikak's picture

By far the easiest and tastiest (and fastest) tomato soup recipe!

dinshee's picture

Would agree with Lauren and up the tomatoness, however the recipe did produce a lovely creamy soup!

lwhitike's picture

I doubled the amount of tomato puree and chopped tomatoes which gave it a richer, tomato-y flavor. Served it with a crusty bread. Definitely will make again soon.


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