Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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(104 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins

Easy

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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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil
    Butter

    Butter

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    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
    Sugar

    Sugar

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    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 142ml pot soured cream
  • 125g pot fresh basil pesto
    Pesto

    Pesto

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    Pesto is a generic Italian name for any sauce made by pounding ingredients together.

    The…

  • basil leaves, to serve

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.

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rosievimes
28th Apr, 2014
5.05
A deliciously creamy soup. Really quick & simple to make. The pesto compliments it very well.
hogs
16th Oct, 2013
this is the most gorgeous tomato soup and incredibly easy and satisfying to make!! cost less than £1.50 to make at least 4 portions (used sainsburys basics chopped tomatos in cartons - 31p each), i am so pleased to have found this recipy!!
dannyjay
21st May, 2013
5.05
Lovely, LOVELY soup! Thank you very much. Really rich, really warming. Pesto works brilliantly, looks and tastes amazing.
helena1980
18th Mar, 2013
5.05
Easy and delicious. Personally, I thought that it was nicer without the pesto topping.
ladylotty
18th Mar, 2013
5.05
So easy and tasty. I used homemade beef bone stock, because I like to use real stocks, and it gives a superb rich savory taste. Didn't bother to add the sour cream to the entire soup as I want to keep it in the fridge and reheat it for lunches and I don't want to to split, instead I just swirl a blob through before serving.
amoffley
30th Jan, 2013
5.05
Yum yum! Souper soup! - so easy to make and from 'store cupboard' ingredients. It's definitely the sun blush tomatoes which give it the rich flavour. Haven't tried it with the pesto yet as I didn't have any the first time I made it and it was delicious without. Will try next time.
cbridgeman
27th Jan, 2013
This was simply fantastic - I cannot recommend it highly enough!
hollyswann
7th Jan, 2013
5.05
YUM! Substituted some real tomatoes in place of one of the tins, and it worked brilliantly! Tomato soup can often be quite boring, but this one definitely was not, and can't wait to make again:)
jfergie284
24th Nov, 2012
5.05
Made this for lunch and it was quick, easy and delicious. Also made into red pepper and tomato by adding the best part of a jar of roasted red peppers at the end before blitzing which was excellent too. A great standby from store cupboard ingredients.
smcgeachy
25th Oct, 2012
Fantastic. Used a bit of double cream in the recipe and at the end in stead of Creme freche as had run out. Added 2 red chillies for a bit of heat. Best tomatoe soup I've had.

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