Tomato Soup for the Soul

The perfect time of year for a communal lunch or tea. How better to get to know your new kitchen group or housemates?

this should be an extra cheap recipe using up the Autumn glut of
tomatoes – even the supermarkets are doing BOGOFs on most packs of
tomatoes at this time of year – but if you go down to a greengrocers
then they should be even cheaper.

The only issue with this
recipe is that it does demand a handblender. But I count mine as one of
my dearest and most-used kitchen tools, so I’d rate it as a good buy.
And you can pick one up from Amazon for as little as 9.

This recipe should serve 4 amply or 8 light eaters if served with a large crusty loaf.


  • 2 – 3 kg fresh tomatoes – 2.48
  • 5 tbsp ordinary olive oil (not extra virgin) – 3.99
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar – 1.58
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Loaf of good crusty bread – 1.28

1.16 per serving (for 8) and 2.33 per serving (for 4) – and you will
have masses of olive oil and balsamic vinegar left over.

See the note about Olive Oil

Time Taken

40 minutes of roasting and less than 5 minutes of handblending. And that is literally it.

recommend popping the tomatoes in before you get ready to go out and
then having tea just before you go – I’d also recommend doing the
blitzing before you put your going out clothes on though!


  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees centigrade and rearrange shelves to make sure that there is enough room for your dish.
  2. Put all the tomatoes whole into the largest and deepest ovenproof dish that you have.
  3. Add oil and toss to coat the tomatoes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Put in oven for 40 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven.
  7. Add vinegar.
  8. Handblend until no lumps of tomato remain.
  9. Serve with bread.

There should be no leftovers! And this recipe is easily multiplied to feed even more.

One Response to “Tomato Soup for the Soul”
  1. I love tomato soup. Yum. Never made my own though, I may give this a try! (Can’t beat Heinz on the tomato soup I feel. )

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