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)

princessbelle's picture

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

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

emc1989's picture

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.

f1madxxx's picture

I have to say this is the best tomato soup I have ever tasted, will definatley be making again.....

jojo1074's picture

If my 10 year old loves it then it must be good! Easy to make and will def make it again

loustar14's picture

I made this as a starter for a special dinner and it tasted absolutely amazing! No effort required to make and I still had lots left over to put in the freezer... although I don't think it will be staying in there for long. It was far too tasty!

luvgdfood's picture

I made this on mothers day for all the family, it was absolutely delicious. I cooked this for twelve but only doubled the amount and served it with a cheesy garlic bread recipe I found by Ben O'Donoghue. It was really simple to make and everyone really enjoyed it. I will definately make this again.

jhales's picture

Very good soup, we had it as a starter for Christmas, most difficult bit was getting the pesto and sour cream to swirl.

circus's picture

Made this again today - 3rd time. However for a differnt twist I added a jar of roasted red & yellow peppers and one red chilli....WOW, give it a try.

circus's picture

Made this a starter for a dinner party, so quick, so simple and it went down treat. I added extra sun dried tomato for personal taste.

joanne.webb's picture

Will definately try this one, can anyone tell me how long I can store sundried tomatoes in oil for, once opened?

carolinegraceb's picture

This was a big hit with all my family

Frantic Flapjack's picture

Very quick to make and tastes much better than Heinz tomato soup.

jasmine77's picture

I have never made soup before and had a go at this lovely recipe, it is wonderful and after tasting this will not go back to tinned soup. I am converted to making my own soup from now on thanks .

lostkat's picture

Yes, 3 tins. I made a batch of this today and it did 2 people for lunch, with 2 portions frozen for another day.

areddig's picture

Do you realy mean 3 tins @ 400 gr tinned tomatoes for 4 persons?

lostkat's picture

Absolutely beautiful soup as others have said and so unbelievably simple to make. I regularly make this, freeze it in batches and take it to work. You don't need the creme fraiche either if you're looking for a lower fat alternative.

Hawie's picture

I agree with the others. Easily the best tomato soup I have ever made, with or without the pesto. Hearty, warming, rich, and incredibly easy. I think it's probably the sun-dried tomatoes that add the extra dimension.
I have made this on several occasions, and once had no soured cream so used creme fraiche which of course was fine too.


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