Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
When you’ve got rich tinned tomatoes and intense, fruity SunBlush tomatoes, there’s no reason not to enjoy homemade tomato soup in the depths of winter.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal213
  • fat14g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs14g
  • sugars13g
  • fibre4g
  • protein8g
  • salt1.15g
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  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 soft sun-dried or SunBlush tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped
  • 3 x 400g cans plum tomatoes
  • 500ml turkey or vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp sugar, any type, or more to taste



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • 125g pot fresh basil pesto



    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.


  • basil leaves, to serve


  1. Heat the butter or oil in a large pan, then add the garlic and soften for a few mins over a low heat. Add the sun-dried or SunBlush tomatoes, canned tomatoes, stock, sugar and seasoning, then bring to a simmer. Let the soup bubble for 10 mins until the tomatoes have broken down a little.

  2. Whizz with a stick blender, adding half the pot of soured cream as you go. Taste and adjust the seasoning – add more sugar if you need to. Serve in bowls with 1 tbsp or so of the pesto swirled on top, a little more soured cream and scatter with basil leaves.

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Comments (122)

lottylouby's picture

Made this in the slow cooker. Used about 6 large fresh tomatoes, which I chopped and added to the chopped garlic & sundried tomatoes. These had been fried in butter first. 5 sundried tomatoes seemed a lot so didn't use them all as I thought they'd overpower the soup. Cooked for about 3 hours on the high setting then blended. Didn't have sour cream so added a good spoonful of creme fraiche then blended again. The result was gorgeous. I've never made tomato soup before so was impressed with this recipe. Will def make again.

LisaC16's picture

This is such a gorgeously rich and rustic soup! I am so proud I was able to make food that tastes this good from scratch! Thanks so so much for the recipe! Easily the best tomato soup I have even made or eaten! I didn't bother with the swirl of cream to finish so I could add a few Italian croutons - favourite dinner in a long long time!

rachee's picture

This is the best tomato soup I've ever made (I've tried at least 10 different recipes throughout the years). It has the same lovely consistency as a certain beloved tinned tomato soup, but it is much more intense in flavour.

fairystoryteller's picture

Delicious - this one's a keeper. I used almost double the sundried tomatoes because I had some to use up and I didn't use pesto, just whizzed in a good handful of fresh basil leaves. The recipe with these tweaks still produced a lovely rich tasting soup and I know I will make this time and time again.

egreenwood20's picture

Delicious! This makes enough for 6 servings, perfect for the next couple of lunches. It's so creamy and lovely and tastes absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.

Lpop's picture

Made this for Christmas Day and it went down a storm! A really delicious soup!

falafellover's picture

Delicious recipe, very easy and comforting, one of my favourites!

CupCakeFairy123's picture

After reading these delightful reviews im taking the plunge and doing for my gcse exam, shall report back how it went peace out! xoxoxoxoxoox <3

rosievimes's picture

A deliciously creamy soup. Really quick & simple to make. The pesto compliments it very well.

hogs's picture

this is the most gorgeous tomato soup and incredibly easy and satisfying to make!! cost less than £1.50 to make at least 4 portions (used sainsburys basics chopped tomatos in cartons - 31p each), i am so pleased to have found this recipy!!

dannyjay's picture

Lovely, LOVELY soup! Thank you very much. Really rich, really warming. Pesto works brilliantly, looks and tastes amazing.

helena1980's picture

Easy and delicious. Personally, I thought that it was nicer without the pesto topping.

ladylotty's picture

So easy and tasty. I used homemade beef bone stock, because I like to use real stocks, and it gives a superb rich savory taste. Didn't bother to add the sour cream to the entire soup as I want to keep it in the fridge and reheat it for lunches and I don't want to to split, instead I just swirl a blob through before serving.

amoffley's picture

Yum yum! Souper soup! - so easy to make and from 'store cupboard' ingredients. It's definitely the sun blush tomatoes which give it the rich flavour. Haven't tried it with the pesto yet as I didn't have any the first time I made it and it was delicious without. Will try next time.

cbridgeman's picture

This was simply fantastic - I cannot recommend it highly enough!

hollyswann's picture

YUM! Substituted some real tomatoes in place of one of the tins, and it worked brilliantly! Tomato soup can often be quite boring, but this one definitely was not, and can't wait to make again:)

jfergie284's picture

Made this for lunch and it was quick, easy and delicious. Also made into red pepper and tomato by adding the best part of a jar of roasted red peppers at the end before blitzing which was excellent too. A great standby from store cupboard ingredients.

smcgeachy's picture

Fantastic. Used a bit of double cream in the recipe and at the end in stead of Creme freche as had run out. Added 2 red chillies for a bit of heat. Best tomatoe soup I've had.

karen24060's picture

Delicious recipe and so easy to make. Leave pesto out as son has egg allergy but it says far better than tinned soup.

jolinesaunders's picture

Lovely soup and so easy and quick to make! Perfect.


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