Tomato and Basil Soup

tomato and basil soup

Tomato and Basil Soup

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Fresh tomato soup is highly superior to tinned varieties. Sun-ripened tomatoes give the sweetest flavour, so this soup is ideally made in the summer with almost overripe tomatoes. The pasta may be omitted or replaced by the same amount of rice.
Servings: 4
Calories: 159
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 2 lb ripe tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 1/4 pints vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz small pasta shapes
  • 1 bunch fresh basil or lovage
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Chop the tomatoes. Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently saute the garlic for 2 - 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and sugar. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • While the soup is simmering, cook the pasta shapes in boiling, salted water until tender. Drain and keep to one side in cold water.
  • Pass the tomatoes and liquid through a sieve, or puree in a liquidiser and pass through a fine sieve.
  • Drain the pasta and add to the soup. Reheat gently. Reserving 6 whole leaves, finely chop the basil and stir into the soup. Season to taste, garnish with the basil leaves and serve.
Calories: 159 kcal
Carbohydrates: 21 g
Protein: 4 g
Fat: 8g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 606 mg
Potassium: 603 mg
Fiber: 3 g
Sugar: 9 g
Vitamin A: 2250 IU
Vitamin C: 32 mg
Calcium: 29 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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