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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18th Mar, 2013
So easy and tasty. I used homemade beef bone stock, because I like to use real stocks, and it gives a superb rich savory taste. Didn't bother to add the sour cream to the entire soup as I want to keep it in the fridge and reheat it for lunches and I don't want to to split, instead I just swirl a blob through before serving.
30th Jan, 2013
Yum yum! Souper soup! - so easy to make and from 'store cupboard' ingredients. It's definitely the sun blush tomatoes which give it the rich flavour. Haven't tried it with the pesto yet as I didn't have any the first time I made it and it was delicious without. Will try next time.
27th Jan, 2013
This was simply fantastic - I cannot recommend it highly enough!
7th Jan, 2013
YUM! Substituted some real tomatoes in place of one of the tins, and it worked brilliantly! Tomato soup can often be quite boring, but this one definitely was not, and can't wait to make again:)
24th Nov, 2012
Made this for lunch and it was quick, easy and delicious. Also made into red pepper and tomato by adding the best part of a jar of roasted red peppers at the end before blitzing which was excellent too. A great standby from store cupboard ingredients.
25th Oct, 2012
Fantastic. Used a bit of double cream in the recipe and at the end in stead of Creme freche as had run out. Added 2 red chillies for a bit of heat. Best tomatoe soup I've had.
2nd Sep, 2012
Delicious recipe and so easy to make. Leave pesto out as son has egg allergy but it says far better than tinned soup.
11th Jul, 2012
Lovely soup and so easy and quick to make! Perfect.
29th Apr, 2012
Best tomato soup you'll ever make! Super quick and everyone's favourite!
25th Apr, 2012
I'm not a huge fan of tomato soup but this was nice. It makes life so much easier using tinned tomatoes. I used half fat creme fraiche rather than soured cream and good pesto from a jar - it was lovely.


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