Creamy tomato soup

Creamy tomato soup

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 6 adults and 6 kids

A low-fat, vegetarian soup that everyone will love - passata and whole milk give a silky smooth finish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving (10)

  • kcal180
  • fat6g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars17g
  • fibre5g
  • protein6g
  • salt1.2g
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  • 3 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

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  • 2 onions, chopped



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  • 2 celery sticks, chopped



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  • 300g carrot, chopped



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  • 500g potato, diced



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  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp sugar



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  • 2 tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 500g passata
  • 3 vegetable stock cubes
  • 400ml whole milk


  1. Put the oil, onions, celery, carrots, potatoes and bay leaves in a big casserole dish, or two saucepans. Fry gently until the onions are softened – about 10-15 mins. Fill the kettle and boil it.

  2. Stir in the tomato purée, sugar, vinegar, chopped tomatoes and passata, then crumble in the stock cubes. Add 1 litre boiling water and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 15 mins until the potato is tender, then remove the bay leaves. Purée with a stick blender (or ladle into a blender in batches) until very smooth. Season to taste and add a pinch more sugar if it needs it. The soup can now be cooled and chilled for up to 2 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.

  3. To serve, reheat the soup, stirring in the milk – try not to let it boil. Serve in small bowls for the children with cheesy sausage rolls then later in bowls for the adults as Hot Bloody Mary soup (see 'Goes well with' recipes, below).

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21st Jan, 2020
Fantastic soup, lapped up by all including my toddler . Definitely going in my binder of favourite recipes . I added some leftover parsnips and some rinsed red lentils to it , along with a small pinch of cumin powder and garam masala . Served with quinoa and quick homemade cheese scones ( from a member recipe on this site ).
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2nd Oct, 2018
Absolutely fantastic recipe!! I'm in love with it! It turned out SO GOOD! I changed a bit the proportions - half the potatoes and only 300ml milk. Also I used parsnip, because I couldn't find celery sticks. Highly recommended recipe :)
2nd Dec, 2017
I have just made a batch of this soup for all my family. They all thoroughly enjoyed it, including my eldest daughter, who is a very fussy eater and only likes Heinz tomato soup! She said it was the best soup and beats Heinz. I feel happy that they have all had good food inside them! I will certainly be cooking it again. I did add basil, Worcester sauce and some oregano.
12th Oct, 2017
Very easy to make, doesn't take long if you use the food processor to chop the veg. Well, my fussy other half loves the tinned stuff so thought I'd give this a go - he was reluctant to even try it, but I put on 'the face' so he put the tiniest amount on his spoon, then the spoon went in again and again and his face was beaming! Apparently the texture isn't quite the same (I did blend it and then blend it again as this fussy eater will not eat anything with lumps!) but the taste is just as good as the tinned variety! Didn't put the milk in quite yet, but will put a drop in when he's having it for lunch tomorrow, I bought whole milk especially. I was told there was a bit of a different after taste to it - we think it may be the celery as we do not usually eat celery, so will leave it out the next time to see how it is without, however he still likes it as is. I didn't taste this as I don't particularly like tomato soup in general, but my most frustratingly-fussy other half gives it 5 stars! Halved the recipe just in case the fussy eater didn't like it, and it gave us 6 & 1/2 of our usual portions so I just spread the 1/2 equally between the six portions - I usually give us 2 ladles each of soup for lunch.
14th Aug, 2017
Love this soup - calorie friendly, but also really delicious and filling. I usually half the recipe quantities and find that gives me 6 adult portions.
17th Jul, 2017
This has to be the closest tasting Tomato soup to Heinz that I have ever tasted. Amazing.
24th May, 2016
Lovely , very easy to make and would also work as a pasta sauce .
30th Mar, 2016
Tried this tonight, use a quarter of the quantities. Still made enough with some leftovers. I added fresh basil and oregano just before the tomatoes went in. Very tasty, but still need to work on the quantity of herbs to get the flavour I am looking for.
23rd Jan, 2016
Have been looking for a tomato soup recipe for ages as a replacement to the tinned variety. Being an ex-pat, it's not always easy, or financially sensible, to get hold of the already made heat it and eat it type of food and I enjoy cooking anyway so was keen to try this. A great recipe. I reduced all the ingredients to the nth degree because 6 adults and 6 kids is one hell of a family size and I need quantities for 3-4 people, not 12. Much better option than the tinned as it's healthier, tastier and I can dole out the portions i want and not have 1/3rd of a tin left over and thrown away. Will most certainly do again.
2nd Mar, 2016
Why not make enough for 12 and freeze the rest in portion sizes.


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