Tomato soup

 

tomato soup recipe
This nourishing heart-warmer of a soup is a real hit here with the whole family and makes getting veggies into my children easy, particularly during winter.

Soup is my go-to lunch during the colder months and as it’s a favourite here, I tend to cook up a huge batch to freeze as well, which makes it cost effective too!

Oh and it’s good for you too of course…

Here comes the science bit-

Tasty homemade tomato soup is packed full of essential minerals and nutrients, the key being lycopene – a hugely beneficial red-hued nutrient which gives tomatoes their vibrant colour. Lycopene offers antioxidant protection as it literally seeks out and neutralises reactive oxygen species, a molecule linked to aging. Good news huh?! *Glugs a whole pan full!

Seriously, a diet rich in lycopene importantly fights chronic diseases, as well as wrinkles.

Wholesome and delicious, I would recommend choosing the ripest tomatoes you can find for optimum taste and health properties.

Enjoy!

tomato soup

Serves 4 for lunch, 6 as a starter at dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 medium onion ( I like to use red onion)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 large ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tbs of tomato purée
  • 1.2 litres/ 2 pints hot vegetable stock (made with boiling water and 4 tsp bouillon powder or 2 stock cubes)
  • a good pinch of sugar
  • sea salt
  • single cream for serving

Method:

Peel and slice the carrots, celery and garlic. Peel and chop the onions. Place a large pan onto a medium heat and add the olive oil. Place all your chopped and sliced ingredients into the pan and stir with a wooden spoon.

Cook for approximately 15 minutes until the carrots and the onion and garlic have turned golden.

Put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.5 litres of boiling water.

Stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add to the pan with your fresh whole tomatoes and puree (and tinned if using). Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat. Season with salt and pepper (my husband also likes to add dried chilli here for a little kick) then using a hand blender or liquidizer, pulse until smooth.

Serve with a drizzle of single cream if you like.

Perfect tomato soup!

 

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62 Responses

  1. Jusfood

    Thank you for posting such a great post with us.. I like to view your post again.. Keep on blogging like this exclusive post with us.

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  2. Sarah-Jane K

    This looks so yummy and perfect for the cold weather we have up here (playing in the snow this morning). Will definitely be trying this recipe this weekend 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and for hosting the linky xxx
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  3. Charlotte

    I love homemade soup, especially in winter. It’s so warming and makes me feel much healthier after a bit too much chocolate at Christmas!
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  4. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    I LOVE tomato soup so this is a real winner for me! Oh and I feel slightly better about the amount of ketchup that Curly Girl uses now on her tea… linking up with an easy peasy banana bread recipe and my ultimate indulgent way to serve it up as a posh desert! x
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    • honestmum

      Ketchup is really good for you and the little ones. You can buy it in an organic version to if you want to be extra virtuous. Ooh love banana bread so will be checking that out. Thanks for linking up x

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  5. Mel

    I love tomato soup and haven’t made it in ages. Great idea to use red onion & add carrots. x
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  6. Morgan Prince

    This sounds so yummy! I’m saving this recipe for later and will definitely try this out. Thanks for sharing. xx
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  7. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com

    Wow, this sounds delicious. We had some tomato soup yesterday, but it was from a tin so didn’t taste the same. I’m pleased to know tomatoes fight wrinkles, as I love them – a great excuse to eat even more!
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  8. Hayley @ Snap Happy Bakes

    January is definitly the month for tasty soups! Such a great way to get a big hit of veggies all in one go! Love your tomato soup, looks delicious
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  9. Elizabeth

    I love tomato soup, me! I like your addition of tomato puree – what a great way to enhance the tomatoey awesomeness!
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  10. Lins @Boo & Maddie

    So excited to have just completed my first every linky – thank you so much for hosting this Vicki and the soup looks delicious, one of those unbeatable staples. I’m going to try and use this as inspiration to cook/bake at least once a week x
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  11. Alison

    Strangely this is what I am eating for lunch! I love tomato soup, one of my favourites. Yours looks lovely
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  12. My Family Ties

    Thank you for such a great linky, I love the sound of the Tomato Soup, just the job in this chilly weather too! With the anti ageing benefits too it’s a winner 🙂
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  13. vicki montague

    Oh I wish I could get my kids to like soup! They still refuse to eat it and I think it is the best thing in the world!!! Your tomato soup looks lovely…certainly one for the summer when tomatoes are at their sweetest and best. Thanks for sharing!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Vicki, the way we make it here, I follow my Mum’s recipe, you can roast the tomatoes first to release sugars and you also add good quality Italian tinned tomatoes so you can have it for the winter. I like to add a little sugar too so you can still enjoy tomato at any time of the year.

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  14. Rebecca U

    This looks so yummy! Perfect for this cold weather. Thanks for hosting x
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  15. International Elf Service

    I can taste this just from your photo – absolutely gorgeous. Will definitely be making this. Thank you so much for having me on your linky and I’ll enjoy reading everyone else’s recipes for some much needed inspiration!

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  16. Samantha Rickelton

    You make it look so easy – I only ever make chicken soup from scratch but could be tempted to try this too. #TastyTuesdays
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  17. jenny

    I will have to try this as I have failed so many times at tomato soup. Mine is always too acidic. This looks scrumptious. Thanks for hosting.
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  18. Franki ~ Little Luca & Me

    Sounds and looks delicious. I love soup and make loads of it but I’ve never made tomato soup before. Will be giving it a go though now. X
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  19. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

    I make soup all the time but I’ve never made tomato soup! Do you peel the tomatoes? I’ll be having a go at this recipe
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    • honestmum

      I don’t peel them but you can. I do add tinned tomatoes usually too especially through the winter where it’s harder to find them very ripe x
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  20. Frances Heaton

    We also enjoy soup and make lots during the winter.

    Like you say, it’s easy to heat up and so healthy!

    My husband grows lots of tomatoes in Summer and we have ample supplies to make lots of herby, tasty soup.

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  21. Grace @ Eats Amazing

    That looks gorgeous, we love a bowl of soup in our house too, such an easy way to fill the children with veggies!
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  22. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Ooh that sounds delicious. A delicious winter warmer, and so true with making huge batches. I love having great food ready for last minute lunches & ‘no inspiration right now’ family dinners …I’ll be making this!
    – Thanks for hosting 🙂
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    • honestmum

      So easy isn’t it! I love cooking masses too, I’m not good at small meals. I used to cook for all my friends at uni too making up big batches of food for everyone, take after my Mum there I think x
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  23. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    I love that you’re discussing lycopene, Vicki. My mum is literally obsessed with the stuff, trying to stuff tomato in all sorts of forms into our gobs. I never hear the end of lycopene and it’s benefits. It is released much better through cooking, so soup is perfect to reap the benefits. I made a minestrone soup this morning, and one day I promise I will link with #TastyTuesdays again (I did many months ago). Xxx
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    • honestmum

      Hehe your Mum sounds like mine, it is released more easily through cooking and ketchup (good quality version better so organic ideally) has tonnes of the stuff too! Your minestrone sounds amazing, one of my favourite soups x
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