Tomato & Basil Soup – Foodie Friday

Combine fruity sundried tomatoes with tinned tomatoes to make this rich tomato soup with a homemade basil pesto.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4


1 tbsp butter or olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
5 soft sundried or SunBlush tomatoes in oil, roughly chopped
3 x 400g cans plum tomatoes
500ml turkey or vegetable stock
1 tsp sugar, any type, or more to taste
142ml pot soured cream
125g pot fresh basil pesto
basil leaves, to serve


  1. Heat the butter or oil in a large pan, then add the garlic and soften for a few minutes over a low heat. Add the sundried or SunBlush tomatoes, canned tomatoes, stock, sugar and seasoning, then bring to a simmer. Let the soup bubble for 10 mins until the tomatoes have broken down a little.
  2. Whizz with a stick blender, adding half the pot of soured cream as you go. Taste and adjust the seasoning – add more sugar if you need to. Serve in bowls with 1 tbsp or so of the pesto swirled on top, a little more soured cream and scatter with basil leaves.

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