Recipe: Herby tomato soup

Try this warming tomato soup recipe

Try this warming tomato soup recipe - Credit: none

The Pig Hotel near Bath shares this easy recipe for a warming tomato soup

Makes 4 large bowls


4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 onions, chopped

2 celery sticks, chopped

1 leek, chopped

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Rapeseed oil

500g (1lb 2oz) soft plum tomatoes

500g (1lb 2oz) cherry tomatoes

3 sprigs rosemary

3 sprigs thyme

2tbsps balsamic vinegar

300ml (1⁄2 pint) tomato juice (we use The Tomato Stall)


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1. Chop and sweat down the garlic, onions, celery and leeks in a little oil.

2. Roast both types of tomatoes with rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper at 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4. You want them to have a little colour and to be nice and juicy.

3. In a good-sized pan, combine the sweated-down veg and tomatoes with the vinegar and tomato juice. Make sure you’ve got your pinny on as it can spit a bit at this point. Simmer on a medium heat for 10–15 minutes.

4. Now it should be smelling good, so blend together with a hand blender or in a food processor.

5. Pass through a sieve to get rid of any herb stalks, pour into a bowl and grab a chunk of crusty bread.

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