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)

paxopaxo's picture

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

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

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

Tasty and easy!

scouthut's picture

Be prepared to make this several times. It is so good.

emmitybobs's picture

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

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

tarryho's picture

Very easy and tasty

itsnice's picture

Yeah, this is pretty good! It looses a star because it isn't very nutritious! I prefer soups to be made with fresh ingredients but i'd be lying if I didn't say I enjoyed it!

cburgess25's picture

Delish! I made this as a starter for today's lunch and I didn't believe that a couple of old tins of tomatoes could taste so good. I used chopped tomatoes as suggested by a previous reviewer and only 1 clove of garlic as the kids aren't too keen on it. I didn't have any sour cream so missed that out and I just added a dollop of single cream and mixed it in. Everybody ate every scrap so I will definitely be making this again.

scoobie's picture

A very easy soup to make. Had to add a few drops of tabasco and extra sugar/seasoning as felt it was lacking enough flavour.

chrissie4528's picture

Superb! Not keen on garlic so left it out which didn't spoil the recipe at all. Found it necessary to triple the amount of sugar. I thought I would have to sift out the pips but they were mashed by the blender and any remaining bits just added to the rustic 'homemadeness' of it. Really gorgeous.

federhirn's picture

An absolute favourite...

cornishman1's picture

So simple and easy to put together with the end result bloomin ansome

cornishman1's picture

Done this for a meal with friends. It was a huge hit.
Will defo do it again.
It was bloomin ansome

lilmssquirrel's picture

Love it. My husband will only eat Heinz tomato soup and proclaimed this to be even better than that (mostly because it doesn't taste like the sauce their spaghetti comes in)

bidston1973's picture

Absolutely lovely soup & so incredibly easy to make! I've lost count of the number of people who've asked for the recipe - they're always amazed at how simple it is! Definitely 5 stars.

pariss's picture

Lovely soup, added some home roasted tomatoes along with the sundried and tinned and used some greek yoghurt mixed with a little lemon juice and pesto to stir though at the end, my boyfriend and his friend ate a big bowl each so went down well!

caroline_kirwan's picture

Quick and easy and full of flavour. Will definately make again.


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