Real tomato soup

Real tomato soup

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(122 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…


  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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17th Nov, 2011
Lovely creamy soup. Definitely needing the extra tomatoes and som seasoning.
6th Nov, 2011
Doubled the tomatoes and added some cream Fraiche , really good soup will definitely be a family favourite
17th Oct, 2011
I just made this soup. It was so yummy even my three fussy kids loved it. I added a teaspoon brown sugar an extra tin of tomatoes and a dash of worcestershire sauce. So easy to make I don't think I will ever buy another tin of tomato soup again!.
12th Oct, 2011 it baking powder of bi-carbonate of soda?
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30th Sep, 2011
I used 800 g fresh tomatoes and 400 ml milk, great soup! thanks!
29th Jul, 2011
I love this soup! Doubled the tomato puree and added Weight Watchers Creme Fraiche so it isnt too high in fat or calories!
24th Jul, 2011
A great recipe. Doubled up on tomatoes and puree and also added some tomato ketchup instead of the sugar to balance the acidity. I used less milk to make a thicker consistency. Be sure to use Bicarbonate of Soda and not Baking Powder. Will certainly make this tasty and very easy soup again.
11th Jun, 2011
Made some changes because I was too lazy to check the recipe when making & forgot exactly what went into it!! I added 2 tins tomatoes, some veg stock, lots of basil leaves, sugar & the added a big dollop of creme fraiche, I added a lot of pepper for some kick. I forgot the baking soda but it was thick enough because of the 2 tins of tomatoes! My boyfriend was raving about it, I made it during the day because I would not be home in time for dinner. Came home & he had nearly eaten the whole pot!!!
2nd Apr, 2011
MMM really lovely soup. I added more tomato puree after having read previous comments. Also put a dollop of ketchup in, and a splash of balsamic vinegar, which really added to the depth of flavour. Will definitely make this again, maybe with red pepper. What a great tip with the bicarb!
20th Mar, 2011
Yeah doubled tomato and added broeWn sugar too but very nice dish and easy to make :0)


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