Tomato soup

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By: Paul Bloxham From: Good Food Live

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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.67 / 5 (12 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
30 min

For a luxurious soup try Paul Bloxham's sophisticated recipe, flavoured with fresh herbs and enriched with cream


1. In a large, heavy-based saucepan, melt the butter over a medium heat.

2. Add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot and cook, stirring frequently, until softened - around 3-5 minutes.

3. Add the flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes, without letting it colour.

4. Tip in the tomatoes along with their juice, and add the stock, sun-dried tomato puree, basil, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

5. In a separate small saucepan heat together the vinegar, sugar and basil stalks and cook briskly until reduced by half. Strain and reserve.

6. In a food processor or blender, puree the tomato soup until smooth. Return to the pan and reheat. Stir in the double cream.

7. Add enough of the vinegar reduction to sharpen.

8. Serve with a swirl of cream.


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 kg tomatoes, skinned, seeded, and chopped, juice reserved
  • 500 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp leaves basil
  • 2 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • black pepper
  • 100 ml white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • handful of stalks basil
  • 100 ml double cream

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Latest Comment


Ive been using this recipe for a few years now and its fantastic...I didn't even like tomato soup until this recipe

One thing though!!!...I dont add the vinegar at the end of the recipe, maybe that's why I like it compared to other recipes??...Plus EVERYONE else has loves it too, not one complaint yet.

leanneG21961 leanneG21961  Posted 01 Oct 2010 1:39 PM

I used this recpe to use up a glut of toamtoes from the garden.It freezes wel, even my husband who doesn't like tomato soup thought it was great.

jelifo33 jelifo33  Posted 19 Jun 2009 8:03 PM

This was very easy to prepare & cook.To peel the tomatoes,I put them in a bowl and covered with boiling water,and rubbed them between my fingers.

This soup tasted realy nice,my children enjoyed it and said that it tastes better than canned tomato soup!!!

I give it 5*****

I would recommend this recipe.

Nadia1977 Nadia1977  Posted 05 Jul 2008 10:47 PM