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
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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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grimes's picture
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beautiful!!!

picklepea's picture
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Very easy and delicious! I agree with everyone in that it tastes better than any bought soup! I used dried tomatoes rather than in oil as easy to chop!

Also I switched the sour cream for low far creme fraiche - yum!! Like others the pesto was a tad difficult to swirl but heh - it was nicely mixed with the soup and was yummy!

I will definately make again!

jules99's picture
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Delicious with the pesto.

k8y1984's picture
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would definitely recommend, simple and easy to do, i also added a couple of carrots, onion and a touch of tomato puree and fresh basil..... looked fab and tasted fab, a big hit with the kids too which is a definite winner!

emgibbsy's picture
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This is a fantastic easy - great for after work because you pretty much just bung it all in a pan and cook for a few mins, but also lovely enough to serve for friends! Even my meat-loving other half loved it, which says alot.

corinnesaha's picture

I made it for my family as a starter on Boxing Day.
Everyone had a second helping!
Next time I'll probably only use one garlic clove as "too much garlic" was the unanimous criticism from a table full of Spaniards and Indians! :)

maddieson's picture
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Best ever tomato soup!

fuzzygirl's picture
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Oooh yummy! Made using cream instead of soured cream and it tasted fab. Used brown cane sugar (about 3 tsp) for extra depth of flavour. Superchef - I'd prepare it without the soured cream and then add when I reheated it.

harmansuel's picture

I am thinking of making this soup as a starter for christmas day lunch. For all of you who have made and frozen this soup in the past does the soured cream freeze and reheat okay? This would be a big help as i could make in advance and take alot of stress out of the big day

queenemsie's picture

I made this for my partner as i dont like tomato soup, but even I loved it! Extremely easy, I also used creme fraiche instead of soured cream. Would make this again.

thefatmagpie's picture

I love this recipe - to make it lower in calories, I use low-fat natural yoghurt in place of the sour cream (if I'm freezing it, I leave it out until I'm reheating the soup).

gem090383's picture
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This soup was really nice, i'm not normally a fan of tomato soup but my hubby is so thought i would give it a go for him but i'm now a converted fan! THe pesto just gave it that extra umph! i will defo make this again!

lost77's picture
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Fool proof and delicious. I added a couple of red chillis, which gave it a nice kick :o) Will def be making again and again!

sophiesoph's picture

Quick, easy, tasty!! Makes 4 very generous portions, or 6 normal portions.

bignold's picture
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Delicious! Made it with and without the soured cream and both were wonderful. This is the best tomato soup I have tasted and so easy to make. My family loved it.

veronica1947's picture
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Tried it at a friend's and loved it.Tried it on the family and they loved it. Quite rich, so one bowl sufficed. I think this will be great as a starter, especially for veggie friends. Wouldn't alter it in case I spoiled it!

princessbelle's picture
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this soup was very easy to make, and very rich and tasty, i added more sugar as i found it slightly bitter, and i think next time i would use chopped tinned tomatoes as there was lots of seeds from the plum tomatoes

f1madxxx's picture
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Made as a starter for a dinner party eveyone said it was the best soup they had ever tasted.....

emc1989's picture
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I'm not a very good cook, and this recipe was so easy and yet so lovely, it made me look very good!!!

Would definately recommend, to all cooks!!

missmagda's picture

This worked so beautifully. My boyfriend HATES tomatoes, and yet he loved this soup.
Wonderfully warming for winter. Will be making again and again.
Replaced the sour cream with pouring cream, as I found that the tomatoes added enough kick.

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