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Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato soup flavoured with fresh basil leaves

Here is a soup that tastes good chilled just as much it tastes good hot! Plum ripe tomatoes are cooked with basil and then enriched with cream. A pinch of sugar may be added to balance the tartness of the tomatoes.


  • 900g ripe plum tomatoes
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 25g butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
  • 2tbsp fresh shredded basil + few leaves to garnish
  • 150ml cream
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 120 ml white wine (optional)


  1. Finely chop the onions and garlic.
  2. Roughly chop the tomatoes.
  3. Heat the oil and butter and oil together in a large saucepan until foaming.
  4. Add the onion and cook gently for about 5 minutes until softened.
  5. Add the chopped garlic and tomatoes.
  6. Then add the stock, sundried tomato paste and white wine (if using).
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat.
  8. Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Process the soup with the shredded basil in a blender till smooth.
  10. Pass through a sieve. Add the cream and heat on low heat. Do not boil.
  11. If the soup is too thick, add more stock.
  12. Garnish with basil and serve hot.

Tip: the same soup can be served chilled as well.

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