Tomato and basil soup with a kick

    1 hour 5 min

    First attempt at soup! I was surprised how well it turned out. My hubby likes Heinz® tomato soup; I'm not so much of a fan. I like my soup with a bit of a kick! So, I made this. Husband was very impressed! I served it with hot buttered toast. I think home crusty olive loaf will be good too.


    West Midlands, England, UK
    70 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 rashers bacon, diced
    • 1 large onion, finely diced
    • 2 carrots, diced
    • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 (400g) tins plum or chopped tomatoes
    • 500ml chicken stock
    • 3 handfuls torn fresh basil leaves
    • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 2 pinches caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes (optional)
    • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 4 bay leaves
    • milk, as needed (optional)

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Warm the oil in a large heavy-bottomed lidded 2 to 3 litre saucepan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and cook and stir until no longer pink. Add the onions, carrots and garlic and cook and stir until the onions are soft.
    2. Pour in the tinned tomatoes and the stock and give a good stir before adding the basil, vinegar, tomato puree, sugar, chilli flakes, pepper and bay leaves. Increase the temperature to high and bring everything to the boil then stir, cover and lower the temperature to medium to allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally ensuring it does not stick to the pan.
    3. When everything is soft, remove the bay leaves and set aside. Blend the soup with a hand blender until smooth. Run the soup through a sieve, remembering to scrape the lovely goodness from the underside of the sieve.
    4. Place back in original pan, replace bay leaves, bring up to a simmer, cook for a further 15 minutes. If too thick, add 1 tablespoons of milk at a time, stirring well, until preferred consistency is reached. Ladle into warmed bowls and serve.


    Serve in wide bowls with cheese on toast. Home made olive rolls or any preferred Italian bread. Any questions email me -

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    I made this up as I went along and it turned out amazing, I made some homemade little bread rolls to go with this, it was yummy!  -  24 May 2015


    I did it without the bacon and with cashew milk to make it a vegan meal, I also put some cut up vegan sausage and pasta at the end  -  26 Feb 2017