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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31st Aug, 2009
What an easy recipe!!! I followed everyone's advice and added in the extra tomatoes - it definitely needs it. Delicious though!!
18th Aug, 2009
just made this for lunch,added the extra puree as advised,think it needed it. was really easy to do and tasted lovely,did benefit from being simmered for longer than 5 minutes at the end,also prefered it with salt added but without is fine for kids. will more than likely make again
15th Aug, 2009
I honestly cannot understand why everyone is saying what a fantastic recipe this is! As far as I can see only ONE person has made this soup as stated, the rest have all altered it to make it palatable, which to me says the original recipe is a no-no. Well done to you all for making modifications, but time for someone to say 'what a rubbish recipe'!
4th Aug, 2009
fantastic soup i also doubled up on everything and seasoned well. my child and husband both loved it. will making this again!!!!!!!!
28th Jul, 2009
I used 2 tins of tomatoes, otherwise I'd recomment halving the quantity of milk because it was not 'tangy' enough with that ratio of milk to tomato. Very nice with more tomato though. Also needs seasoning, ie salt to bring out the flavour.
13th Jul, 2009
The flavour of the soup was great, but I'm afraid I could only give it one star because the milk curdled! I didn't find the baking powder method to work, even though I followed the instructions. I didn't find the amount of chopped tomatoes or tomato puree to need doubling, but I think the method to make the soup creamy needs to be altered.
7th Jun, 2009
This soup was so simple to make and tasted great i think you do have to double up on the tomatoes but brill all the same
24th May, 2009
Really great! Done this for HE practical. Just could do with a bit of black pepper. ***** (these are stars)
11th Apr, 2009
Very easy to make and delish!! Didnt have baking soda but dont think it made any difference, will be doing this again.
18th Feb, 2009
Tasted very bland, wouldnt make again. I felt that there was too much Milk and soup represented a pasta sauce.


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