Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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(133 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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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.
25th Sep, 2015
Delicious - this one's a keeper. I used almost double the sundried tomatoes because I had some to use up and I didn't use pesto, just whizzed in a good handful of fresh basil leaves. The recipe with these tweaks still produced a lovely rich tasting soup and I know I will make this time and time again.
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17th Feb, 2015
Delicious! This makes enough for 6 servings, perfect for the next couple of lunches. It's so creamy and lovely and tastes absolutely delicious. Highly recommend.
28th Dec, 2014
Made this for Christmas Day and it went down a storm! A really delicious soup!
16th Sep, 2014
Delicious recipe, very easy and comforting, one of my favourites!
17th Jun, 2014
After reading these delightful reviews im taking the plunge and doing for my gcse exam, shall report back how it went peace out! xoxoxoxoxoox
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28th Apr, 2014
A deliciously creamy soup. Really quick & simple to make. The pesto compliments it very well.
16th Oct, 2013
this is the most gorgeous tomato soup and incredibly easy and satisfying to make!! cost less than £1.50 to make at least 4 portions (used sainsburys basics chopped tomatos in cartons - 31p each), i am so pleased to have found this recipy!!
21st May, 2013
Lovely, LOVELY soup! Thank you very much. Really rich, really warming. Pesto works brilliantly, looks and tastes amazing.
18th Mar, 2013
Easy and delicious. Personally, I thought that it was nicer without the pesto topping.


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