Tomato Soup

For a luxurious soup try Paul Bloxham's sophisticated recipe, flavoured with fresh herbs and enriched with cream
By Paul Bloxham
Tomato Soup
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 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

To serve:

  • cream
  • croutons


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.

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