Tomato and Fresh Basil Soup

Tomato and Fresh Basil Soup

  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 40 min
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Serving: Serves 4-6

Make this soup when sun-ripened tomatoes are at their midsummer peak. The taste is fresh, the texture is creamy, and when served with fresh crusty bread, this dish becomes the perfect meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
  • 2/3 cup Double Cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Whole Basil leaves, to garnish.


  1. In a large saucepan pan, heat the oil and butter until melted. Add the onion and cook gently, stirring often, until onion is translucent and soft, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, garlic, stock, white wine and sun-dried tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper, and bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, lower the heat to medium-low, half cover the pan, and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir frequently so tomatoes do not stick to pan.
  4. In a food processor or with a handheld blender, process the soup with the shredded basil, until soup reaches a smooth consistency. Return to saucepan and add double cream. Stir constantly until soup in heated through; do not allow soup to boil. Ladle soup into bowls and garnish with basil leaves.


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