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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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!!

jpn201's picture
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Oops - forgot to rate it!

jpn201's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

paxopaxo's picture
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My husband made this as a starter for my mother's day lunch. It was absolutely scrummy. Easily the best tomato soup I have ever had.

peterwgtennant's picture
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Despite using Napolina plum tomatoes, I found this reciepe very disappointing. For me, it did not taste much better than (or different to) Heinz tomato soup. The fresh basil, pesto, and soured cream helped, but I could have easily added these to a bought soup...

sherry16's picture
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The best homemade tomato soup recipe EVER!! So easy to make, very few ingredients and sooooooo delicious! It's a total hit with anyone I've ever made it for!

silnarnin's picture
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Tasty and easy!

scouthut's picture
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Be prepared to make this several times. It is so good.

emmitybobs's picture
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So easy & so delicious. Made it for lunch yesterday and couldn't believe how quickly I was able to create something so delicious.

vincebrand's picture
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Didn't use the Pesto....used Creme Fraiche instead of cream. Delicious and so incredibly simple!

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