Real tomato soup

Real tomato soup

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(129 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


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    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



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  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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27th May, 2012
Lovely soup, so easy to make, in the Netherlands we add some rice to it and if you want to push the boat out, small meatballs, mmm!
23rd May, 2012
Fantastic, it tastes like tomato and mascapone soup but with some very ordinary ingredients. I double the amount of tomato and some times add some veg or bacon/chorizo at the beginning. A total winner in our house.
28th Apr, 2012
Fantastic, I doubled the tomato puree and tomatoes, and used just over half the milk, plus the spoon of sugar. It was wolfed down by all the family and will be made again.
21st Feb, 2012
The milk in mine also curdled! Yeuck! Should I have let the tomato base cool down first before adding baking soda and milk mix?
5th Feb, 2012
Loved this recipe easy to make. I double everything, quadrupled the tomato puree and tins of tomatoes, added salt,pepper and 3 tablespoons brown sugar as advised. Will make this again:-)
5th Feb, 2012
Loved this recipe easy to make. I double everything, quadrupled the tomato puree and tins of tomatoes, added salt,pepper and 3 tablespoons brown sugar as advised. Will make this again:-)
3rd Feb, 2012
As suggested I doubled up the tomato, added more puree and a stock cube to give it depth. Mine curdled so added 4 pinches of soda in the end to rectify this. It tastes quite nice but it's not now like the recipe.
10th Jan, 2012
Tastes amazing! I did as suggested above and doubled the amount of tomatoes + paste. I also added two teaspoons of pesto (but if i had more, i probably would have added more) and a splash of tarragon vinegar. Since my family do not generally like milky things, we didn't add the milk. Instead, we added spoons of natural yogurt to the serving bowls at the table. It tasted great! I served it with this bread My family enjoyed it and there was enough bread for breakfast the next day!
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5th Jan, 2012
Made this today and it tasted really nice - follwed the suggestions to double up the tomatoes and the puree and added plenty of seasoning. Will definitely make again. Can anyone explain the purpose of the baking soda?
22nd Dec, 2011
Delicious: I agree that you need to up the quantity of Tomatoes, I made it a second time and added a pinch of Chilli Flakes, this gave it a slightly spicey lift which worked realy well! Best Tomato Soup Recipe I've found........


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