Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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(103 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

    Pess-toh

    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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villawestie
5th Apr, 2011
mde this today for lunch and very impressed! Don't think I'd bother with the pesto next time as I don't think it realy needs it.
paxopaxo
5th Apr, 2011
5.05
My husband made this as a starter for my mother's day lunch. It was absolutely scrummy. Easily the best tomato soup I have ever had.
peterwgtennant
30th Mar, 2011
2.05
Despite using Napolina plum tomatoes, I found this reciepe very disappointing. For me, it did not taste much better than (or different to) Heinz tomato soup. The fresh basil, pesto, and soured cream helped, but I could have easily added these to a bought soup...
sherry16
24th Feb, 2011
5.05
The best homemade tomato soup recipe EVER!! So easy to make, very few ingredients and sooooooo delicious! It's a total hit with anyone I've ever made it for!
silnarnin
22nd Feb, 2011
5.05
Tasty and easy!
scouthut
23rd Jan, 2011
5.05
Be prepared to make this several times. It is so good.
emmitybobs
19th Jan, 2011
5.05
So easy & so delicious. Made it for lunch yesterday and couldn't believe how quickly I was able to create something so delicious.
vincebrand
18th Jan, 2011
5.05
Didn't use the Pesto....used Creme Fraiche instead of cream. Delicious and so incredibly simple!
katearbutler
12th Jan, 2011
5.05
Lovely!
tarryho
11th Jan, 2011
5.05
Very easy and tasty

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