Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Tomato and Basil soup

I used to make tomato soup with pesto.  Unfortunately my son has recently been diagnosed with nut, peanut and coconut allergies so I'm trying to not have any in my house. Most commercial pestos contain cashew nuts (or may contain) rather than traditional pine nuts.  So this is the new version which is also now vegetarian and vegan.

The great thing about using passata and chopped tomatoes is you get the mixture of textures which really adds interest.  It's also pretty good as a store cupboard staple.

Quick Tomato and Basil Soup - Serves 2-3, freezes well


1 tsp Olive Oil
2 cloves garlic
1 Tin chopped tomatoes
1 Pack of passata (mine weighed 500g, 17.5 oz)
1 tsp Sugar
Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Salt
2 Tbsp freshly chopped basil


Crush or finely chop the garlic.  Fry the garlic gently in the olive oil until releasing the fragrance but not browning.

Add the tomatoes, passata, sugar, pepper and salt.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the basil and serve.

Garnish with more basil if liked.

As well as being a great soup, this is also good as a base for a pasta sauce.

I've linked this up to Credit Crunch Munch on these three blogs: Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary, Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food 4 All.

Cooking with Herbs


  1. This looks delicious and I love the colour.

  2. This looks delicious and I love the colour.

  3. This sounds delicious. I've pinned it :)


  4. This looks amazing! We just got more snow yesterday and this would be perfect for dinner tonight. Thanks for a yummy recipe!

    1. Thank you. Brrrrr... I'm done with snow!

  5. Hi Heidi,
    I am a big soup lover and I make them every week so thank you for sharing your healthy and delectable Tomato Basil soup recipe with us at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I'm pinning and sharing!

    1. Soup is a great way to have a filling meal but still being healthy. It can be hard in winter. Soup is like the winter version of salad for me!

  6. Look at that gorgeous colour! A beautiful soup - thank you for sharing with Credit Crunch Munch!

    1. Just don't look at the celeriac soup if you like colour!

  7. Allergies are such a pain, you really have to scrutinise labels. The soup looks absolutely gorgeous

    1. They bloody well are, especially when you have an allergy to one which isn't on the 'typical' list.

  8. BEAUTIFUL entry for Cooking with Herbs and such pretty photos!


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