Real tomato soup

Real tomato soup

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(104 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Creamy tomato soup is the stuff of childhood, and it's easy to make yourself. Emma Lewis shows you how

Nutrition and extra info

  • Counts as 1 of 5-a-day
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal151
  • fat2g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre11g
  • protein7g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • handful basil leaf
  • pinch bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 600ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, then tip in the onion and garlic. Cook over a moderate heat until the onion has softened, about 5 mins. Stir in the tomato purée, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves, and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 15 mins until thick and full of flavour. If you like a smooth soup, whizz the mixture at this point to form a smooth sauce. Can now be cooled and frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. To finish the soup, tip the tomato mixture into a pan. Spoon the baking soda into a small bowl and pour over 1 tbsp or so of the milk. Mix together until there are no lumps, then tip into the tomato mix and pour over the milk. Bring up to a boil (the mixture will froth, but don’t worry – it will go away). Gently simmer for about 5 mins until ready to serve.

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1st Sep, 2010
For those of you wondering, Baking powder and Baking soda are different. Baking soda is also called Bicarbonate of Soda Baking powder is a mixture of Baking Soda and an acid, very often Tartaric acid If you add water to Bicarbonate of soda, you get soda water but no fizz where Baking powder gives off carbon dioxide to make cakes rise and will fizz in water
25th May, 2010
Sitting here eating a bowl of a slightly modified soup and it's delicious! I added about 3 tbsp of passata, 2 tins of tomatoes, 1 tbsp of brown sugar and only 300ml of milk. This time I didnt have basil so I added a tsp of dried Italian herbs and a bit of salt and it worked ok. Definately agree with the modifications and in the winter I think I'll add a bit of Tabasco to make it a winter warmer.
17th May, 2010
i like cheese
3rd May, 2010
This is YUM YUM YUM! I used olive oil cooking spray instead of the 2 tablespoons of oil, doubled up on the tomatoes and puree, and used half a pint of milk and it was amazing! Super low fat and less milk made it really thick. Mmmmmmm.
19th Dec, 2009
wonderful! full of flavour and even the fussy one loved it!!!!
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11th Dec, 2009
@ Hungry Horse - Baking Soda = barcarbonate of soda = sodium barcarbonate, all different names for the same thing. It is one of the components of baking powder and I think you're right that's why some people are having problems. Personally I'm with the majority who say extra tomatoes and puree and less milk but I love the tip about the baking soda stopping the milk from curdling, I wonder if that's because it nutralizes the acid in the tomatoes? After all one of the other uses of barcarb is to settle indigestion.
13th Nov, 2009
With over 40 years experience of cooking I am still trying to figure out what exactly Baking Soda is. There is a difference between baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and this may well be affecting the recipe if not using the correct ingredient. Could I have clarification on this please. Or is this something that is only available in America. I tried the recipe and did find it a bit weak as I expected given the low tomato content. Definitely better with more tomatoes and puree ( added some fresh tomatoes and upped the puree).
18th Oct, 2009
delicious soup, did the extra tomatoes and added cellery and potatoes at the base to flavour and thicken. Blooming lovely!
18th Oct, 2009
What an excellent and easy way to make a good soup. Thanks for putting it on this site!
24th Sep, 2009
Alright so, the original recipe was a bit of a poor show, but I'm a horrible cook (being a student) and I managed to alter it pretty easily. I made the best soup ever o.o I used 2 tins of tomatoes (came to 480g), 300ml of milk, about twice the amount of puree, half a teaspoon of brown sugar, and (here's my wee secret for the collection!) a teaspoon of marmite. It was amazing. My boyfriend hates marmite with a passion, and even he enjoyed the soup. (Although, I didn't tell him I added it, which probably helped..)


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