This speedy tomato soup from Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking is so scrumptious that it is sure to become a family favourite. Not only is it nostalgia-inducing delicious, echoing the strong sweet tones of Heinz Tomato Soup but it has added benefit of having a big pinch of smugness for being homemade. It literally takes about ten minutes to make as there is nothing to chop or skin and all the ingredients should be found lurking somewhere in your cupboards.

It is best served with chunky granary toast or warm french bread but for a more sophisticated palate, a swirl of cream and a few dollops of pesto and maybe even an added dinner roll can elevate this to be an entertaining essential.

One portion can serve 6 or 4 suitably greedy lunchers.


6 sun-dried tomatoes in oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
500ml/18fl oz chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp caster sugar
150ml/5fl oz full-fat milk
150ml/5fl oz double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3–4 tsp basil pesto, to serve


  1. Set a large, deep pan over a medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of oil from the sun-dried tomatoes. Add the garlic and stir-fry for a few seconds, or until it just starts to colour.
  2. Add the sun-dried and tinned tomatoes, stock and sugar and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then cover with a lid, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and, using a hand blender, blend the soup in the pan. Stir in the milk and cream and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper before heating through on the hob.
  4. Serve hot with ½ teaspoon basil pesto swirled on the top of each bowl of soup.

Recipe Tips
  • If covered and chilled in the fridge, this dish can be made up to 3 days ahead.
  • Without the milk and cream, and if in a freezer proof bag or container, this dish freezes very well. Defrost and reheat until piping hot, then stir in the milk and cream before serving.
  • The sugar brings out the flavour of the tomatoes and helps balance their acidity.
  • The basil pesto adds a lovely flavour, but this soup is still very good without it.