Rich tomato soup with pesto

Rich tomato soup with pesto

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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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29th Feb, 2008
Will definately try this one, can anyone tell me how long I can store sundried tomatoes in oil for, once opened?
25th Feb, 2008
This was a big hit with all my family
Frantic Flapjack
25th Feb, 2008
Very quick to make and tastes much better than Heinz tomato soup.
12th Feb, 2008
I have never made soup before and had a go at this lovely recipe, it is wonderful and after tasting this will not go back to tinned soup. I am converted to making my own soup from now on thanks .
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26th Jan, 2008
Yes, 3 tins. I made a batch of this today and it did 2 people for lunch, with 2 portions frozen for another day.
25th Jan, 2008
Do you realy mean 3 tins @ 400 gr tinned tomatoes for 4 persons?
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23rd Jan, 2008
Absolutely beautiful soup as others have said and so unbelievably simple to make. I regularly make this, freeze it in batches and take it to work. You don't need the creme fraiche either if you're looking for a lower fat alternative.
22nd Jan, 2008
I agree with the others. Easily the best tomato soup I have ever made, with or without the pesto. Hearty, warming, rich, and incredibly easy. I think it's probably the sun-dried tomatoes that add the extra dimension. I have made this on several occasions, and once had no soured cream so used creme fraiche which of course was fine too.
22nd Jan, 2008
Absolutely delicious! So easy and quick to make.
19th Jan, 2008
Another spectacular soup to try. I love tomato soup but this one has a particularly rich and wonderful tomato flavour. Assuming you have a blender this is also really easy to make. Better than any tomato soup you can buy (even the premium brands) and without any added salt or other nasties. I had to make it twice this week as it is so nice!


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