Tomato and basil soup

For a gardener, there's nothing better than growing your own soup. Whether it's the time of year to sow your basil seeds or harvest your tomatoes, we've got a great recipe for you to keep and use.


  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1kg ripe tomatoes
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock

To serve

  • 1 tbsp soured cream (optional)
  • fresh basil
  • freshly ground salt and pepper
Cultivation Street recipe for tomato and basil soup from homegrown tomatoes in your school or community garden or allotment
Cultivation Street homegrown school or community garden or allotment tomatoes
Cultivation Street homegrown basil
  • Finely chop 2 medium onions while heating 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • Gently fry the onions until lightly coloured.
  • Keeping an eye on the onions, halve or quarter 1kg ripe tomatoes depending on size.
  • Peel, crush and add 1-2 cloves of garlic (depending on preference) heating gently for another couple of minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and add 2 tbsp plain flour and 2 tbsp of tomato purée stirring for one minute.
  • Add your cut tomatoes along 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock.
  • Simmer gently for 30 minutes.
  • If you prefer a smoother soup, blend in a blender.
  • To serve add a tbsp of soured cream in a decorative swirl, a sprinkling of fresh basil and freshly ground salt and pepper.

Enjoy with a chunk of fresh bread at your allotment or community garden or maybe a toasted sandwich at home. What you don’t use immediately can be frozen.

Variation – grill some bacon until crisp enough to break into pieces and scatter over the soup.

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Cultivation Street recipe for tomato and basil soup from homegrown tomatoes in school or community gardens or allotments

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