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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21st Feb, 2012
Plus) The presto really gives this soup the final kick! Delicious!!! Serve with crusty bread! :)
21st Feb, 2012
Amazing! My partner and I are both lovers of soup and tomato is one of them! I have never tried my hand at making it from scratch before, so as a starter (for Valentines day), I decided to try it, as it seemed so easy! Wow we loved it!!!!! It is quite similar to the tinned 'Heniz' one, in creaminess, texture and depth but this is even better! Plus no added sugars and rubbish! As someone mentioned, I agree using the sun-blush tomatoes gave this the extra kick and depth! This took me all of 15 minutes and was a delight! I swirled the sour-cream in a heart-shape on top, as a nice touch, being Valentines day! Very filling though, and we had a meal of steak to get through afterwards; so we both couldn't manage desert! I have made this three times now, and will be making it again! Why buy it when it is this cheap and easy to make, and far superior! :D
12th Feb, 2012
Beautiful soup, very easy & quick to make....I did add 1 celery stick and never bothered with the pesto, will become a regular in my house.
8th Feb, 2012
really lovely, don't go heavy on the sour cream and a soup that matures well, tastes better on the second day
7th Jan, 2012
great tasty soup easy to make
15th Dec, 2011
Top soup! Just added a couple more teaspoons of sugar and a pinch of chilli flakes and the kids loved it. Better than Covent Garden or Heinz soup if you season it properly! Yummo!!
10th Dec, 2011
Oops - forgot to rate it!
10th Dec, 2011
Just made this as a test run for my Christmas Dinner starter and really enjoyed sampling it! Will serve it with home made bread, should go down very well.
8th Dec, 2011
Every time I make this soup I get compliments from my housemates and the soup disappears very quickly! Such a simple recipe with a fantastic result!
30th Sep, 2011
Followed recipe exactly but unfortunately The Mob told me that they prefer 'the stuff in the tins'. Perhaps should have added more sugar. Will not be making again.


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