Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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(127 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


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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  • 1 tbsp butter or olive oil



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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



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

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



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


  • basil leaves, to serve


  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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28th Dec, 2019
Quick and easy to make and tastes gorgeous. Even my 5 and 3 year olds ate it!!
27th May, 2019
Super easy and super tasty, even when I didn't have any basil pesto!
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Sharon Walkingshaw
22nd May, 2019
Delicious recipe - very easy to make! Nothing to chop, you can't beat that for easy peasy
3rd Feb, 2019
A great recipe, added pesto to the soup when blitzed so you really could taste it.
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1st Sep, 2017
Tasty recipe, couldn't be simpler and a fantastic option for a quick warming meal, on the second time making it I added a few extras just to bolster the flavour a bit. I recommend serving with the pesto swirled in and with sliced and buttered baguette!
Frantic Flapjack
18th Apr, 2017
A good and very easy soup to make. It was slightly acidic even after adding a touch more sugar. Creme fraiche would possibly be a better alternative to sour cream and it would be a bit more creamy and less acidic. Even so, we enjoyed it very much.
19th Mar, 2017
Yes! At last a tasty and simple tomato soup that is very similar to a well known-brand. I did need to add more sugar than the recipe suggests and I think it's due to me using sun-dried tomatoes instead of sun-blushed, which can be a bit 'tartier'. It is deceivingly filling, therefore the kids left about a third of it. Will be doing again and hopefully with sun-blushed tomatoes :-)
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20th Oct, 2016
Made this in the slow cooker. Used about 6 large fresh tomatoes, which I chopped and added to the chopped garlic & sundried tomatoes. These had been fried in butter first. 5 sundried tomatoes seemed a lot so didn't use them all as I thought they'd overpower the soup. Cooked for about 3 hours on the high setting then blended. Didn't have sour cream so added a good spoonful of creme fraiche then blended again. The result was gorgeous. I've never made tomato soup before so was impressed with this recipe. Will def make again.
13th May, 2016
This is such a gorgeously rich and rustic soup! I am so proud I was able to make food that tastes this good from scratch! Thanks so so much for the recipe! Easily the best tomato soup I have even made or eaten! I didn't bother with the swirl of cream to finish so I could add a few Italian croutons - favourite dinner in a long long time!
3rd Feb, 2016
This is the best tomato soup I've ever made (I've tried at least 10 different recipes throughout the years). It has the same lovely consistency as a certain beloved tinned tomato soup, but it is much more intense in flavour.


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