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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loustar14's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

lucywhittaker's picture

Absolutely delicious! So easy and quick to make.

paulstarii's picture
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Another spectacular soup to try. I love tomato soup but this one has a particularly rich and wonderful tomato flavour. Assuming you have a blender this is also really easy to make. Better than any tomato soup you can buy (even the premium brands) and without any added salt or other nasties. I had to make it twice this week as it is so nice!

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