Tinned Tomato Soup with Homemade Pesto and Rustic Croutons

My family LOVES tomato soup and to be honest 99% of the time I make my own from scratch using the Tomato Soup recipe out of my latest cookbook “Everyday” but when i’m pressed for time this is a great alternative.

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Serves 1


  • 1 tin creamy tomato soup

  • 30g basil

  • 10g pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 packed cup basil leaves

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1/8 cup pine nuts

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 ciabata roll, torn into bite sizes pieces

  • Olive oil


  1. Combine the basil, garlic, and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

  2. Add 3/4 of the oil and blend until smooth. Mix in the pecorino and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Place in an air tight container and pour over the remaining oil. Store in the fridge until serving.

  4. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the torn ciabata pieces.Toast until golden brown and season well with salt and pepper.

  5. Heat the tinned tomato soup according to the tin instructions and serve with the fresh basil pesto and rustic croutons.

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