Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
213
protein
8g
carbs
14g
fat
14g
saturates
7g
fibre
4g
sugar
13g
salt
1.15g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
  • 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
  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • 125g pot fresh basil pesto
  • basil leaves, to serve

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2008

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

helena1980's picture
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Easy and delicious. Personally, I thought that it was nicer without the pesto topping.

ladylotty's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

falafellover's picture
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Best tomato soup you'll ever make! Super quick and everyone's favourite!

faypeacock's picture
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I'm not a huge fan of tomato soup but this was nice. It makes life so much easier using tinned tomatoes. I used half fat creme fraiche rather than soured cream and good pesto from a jar - it was lovely.

emmie73's picture
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Plus) The presto really gives this soup the final kick! Delicious!!! Serve with crusty bread! :)

emmie73's picture
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Amazing! My partner and I are both lovers of soup and tomato is one of them! I have never tried my hand at making it from scratch before, so as a starter (for Valentines day), I decided to try it, as it seemed so easy! Wow we loved it!!!!! It is quite similar to the tinned 'Heniz' one, in creaminess, texture and depth but this is even better! Plus no added sugars and rubbish! As someone mentioned, I agree using the sun-blush tomatoes gave this the extra kick and depth! This took me all of 15 minutes and was a delight! I swirled the sour-cream in a heart-shape on top, as a nice touch, being Valentines day! Very filling though, and we had a meal of steak to get through afterwards; so we both couldn't manage desert! I have made this three times now, and will be making it again! Why buy it when it is this cheap and easy to make, and far superior! :D

tiggy-11's picture
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Beautiful soup, very easy & quick to make....I did add 1 celery stick and never bothered with the pesto, will become a regular in my house.

reidjan's picture
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really lovely, don't go heavy on the sour cream and a soup that matures well, tastes better on the second day

plaisance's picture

great tasty soup easy to make

doubles's picture
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Top soup! Just added a couple more teaspoons of sugar and a pinch of chilli flakes and the kids loved it. Better than Covent Garden or Heinz soup if you season it properly! Yummo!!

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Oops - forgot to rate it!

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