Summer Tomato Soup

by Mark Broadbent

April 22nd 2020


  • 8 San Marzano plum tomatoes
  • 10 Datterini tomatoes
  • Punnet of cherry vine tomatoes
  • Generous drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 kitchen spoon of sugar
  • 2 kitchen spoons of red wine vinegar
  • 2 kitchen spoons of passata
  • Small bunch of basil
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • Generous pinch of sea salt
  • Milled black pepper
  • Handful of Caprino (soft goats cheese), to serve
  • Balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, to serve



  • Cut all tomatoes in half
  • Peel and finely chop the onions
  • Smash the garlic cloves
  • Separate the basil into leaves and stalks
  • Plug in liquidiser
  • Ready your sugar, red wine vinegar and passata



  • In a large saucepan over a medium to low heat, add a generous splash of olive oil and sweat your finely chopped onions and smashed garlic cloves together until translucent.
  • Whilst these sweat slowly, make your gastrique – a sugar and vinegar reduction. Measure 2 kitchen spoons of red wine vinegar and 1 of sugar to the sweating onions and boil down until syrupy and viscous. In three or four short minutes you should have a bubbling syrup, nearly caramelising the onion and garlic.
  • Add your chopped tomatoes and stir.
  • Simmer over a medium heat for 15 minutes, adding a generous splash of cold water if too thick.
  • Next add 2 kitchen spoons of passata and another glug of plain olive oil.
  • Drop in some basil stalks for about 5 minutes. Basil should only be added at the end for perfume.
  • Add a good pinch of sea salt, milled black pepper and a few drops of Tobasco sauce.
  • Push half through a mouli or sieve and liquidise the other half, then fold both together for texture.
  • Serve chilled or hot.
  • Add torn basil leaves, crumbled goats cheese and zest of half a lemon.
  • Finish with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil and a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar.



  • Cooking pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Liquidiser
  • Knife
  • Chopping board
  • Ladle
  • Serving vessel
  • Bowls
  • Pepper mill
  • Tea towel

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