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)

falafellover's picture

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

faypeacock's picture

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

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

emmie73's picture

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

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

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

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!!

jpn201's picture

Oops - forgot to rate it!

jpn201's picture

Just made this as a test run for my Christmas Dinner starter and really enjoyed sampling it! Will serve it with home made bread, should go down very well.

falafellover's picture

Every time I make this soup I get compliments from my housemates and the soup disappears very quickly! Such a simple recipe with a fantastic result!

miriamsinead's picture

Followed recipe exactly but unfortunately The Mob told me that they prefer 'the stuff in the tins'. Perhaps should have added more sugar. Will not be making again.

immytwig's picture

Lovely! So rich! i added feta cheese and pesto into the actual soup with a bit of origano and bay leave sfor extra flavour and took it into school for lunch, beats tinned soup anyday!

fluffyjacq's picture

Pesto is made of parmesan cheese: Parmesan/Parmigiano-Reggiano is an EU Protected Designation of Origin product and has to be made using calf rennet, so it’s definitely not suitable for vegetarians.

09cook09's picture

Great soup!! When I made it I added three teaspoons of pesto to the actual soup. It tasted amazing, if I say so myself! Try it!

09cook09's picture

Great soup! When I made it I added three teaspoons of pesto to the actual soup. It tasted amazing, if I say so myself! Try it!

kaszamar's picture

I really like the idea of the sun- dried tomatoes in the recipe. It is a nice and easy soup. I used good quality ingredients bur had to double the amount of the sun- dried tomatoes to match my taste.

skudrelita's picture

Wonderful!!! The best tomato soup for me and my friends too...

villawestie's picture

mde this today for lunch and very impressed! Don't think I'd bother with the pesto next time as I don't think it realy needs it.

villawestie's picture

mde this today for lunch and very impressed! Don't think I'd bother with the pesto next time as I don't think it realy needs it.


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