Tomato Soup – Heinz Style

I was asked recently if I had a recipe for a vegan version of Heinz’ cream of tomato soup, as I didn’t I decided to give it a go and this is what I came up with. This is my cream of tomato soup, with the same familiar taste as Heinz but completely dairy free. This makes around the equivalent of three cans of Heinz soup, and according to them one tin equates to two servings. I’ve always had one tin as one serving, so this will make three or six servings depending on what you consider a serving to be

Yield; Three-six servings (200kcal-100kcal approx respectively) Cook time; 30 minutes

You’ll need;

  1. One tablespoon of oil
  2. One clove of garlic, thinly sliced
  3. One small brown onion, diced
  4. One 400g/14oz tin of chopped tomatoes
  5. One 500g/17.5oz carton of passata
  6. 200ml hot vegetable stock
  7. One quarter of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  8. A generous pinch of salt and sugar (I used about a quarter of a teaspoon of each, but feel free to add more if you feel it’s not enough)
  9. 150ml dairy free cream (I used tofu cream but you can use soya or oat cream)

Method;

  • Add the oil into a saucepan over a medium heat, then add the garlic and fry for a minute before adding in the onion. Allow the onion to soften for five minutes
  • Next add in the chopped tomato, passata, stock and cayenne pepper. Season to taste with salt and sugar
  • Cover with a lid and allow to gently simmer away for fifteen minutes. Give it a stir occasionally
  • Next remove the soup from the heat and use an immersion blender/blender to blend the soup until it’s really smooth, then return it to the heat
  • Finally stir in the cream. As I mentioned, I used tofu cream. You can make a cream substitute with one 350g carton of silken tofu and 200ml unsweetened plant milk. Simply blend them together with a blender until smooth. Store the leftovers in the fridge and use in pasta sauces, curry sauce and soups
  • Once the cream is mixed in, finally check for seasoning and add more salt or sugar if needed. Then it’s ready to serve

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