Tomato Soup

Make a delicious tomato soup.


  • 30 g butter
  • 2 streaky rashers bacon
  • 1 large onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 large carrot (scraped and chopped)
  • 1 celery stick (roughly chopped)
  • 450 g tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 400 g tin of tomatoes
  • 850 ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 150 ml cream
  • sprigs of rosemary (or parsley) to garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan and sauté the bacon, onion, carrot and celery over a low heat for 5 minutes, without browning.
  2. Add all the tomatoes, juice included, and the stock and bring to the boil.
  3. Add the bouquet garni, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for about an hour or until the vegetables are softened.
  4. Remove the bouquet garni, cool the soup and give it a whiz in your blender and pour into a clean saucepan.
  5. When you want to serve it, reheat the soup and pour it into bowls or a tureen.
  6. Swirl in the cream and garnish with the rosemary sprigs.
  7. If you don't have rosemary, sprigs of parsley will do just as well.


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