Tomato & Sourdough Soup

Today is a double treat.  I’ve not only got a great soup recipe for you but there is also a fantastic Giveaway that you’ll definitely want to get in on!

You’re going to love this elegant and satisfying soup because the kids can help you make this easy recipe and you will truly be surprised at the depth of flavor in this little bowl of deliciousness.  I have to admit, I have not been a fan of tomato soup previously.  Not sure why really, perhaps I was just waiting for this recipe to come along.  The addition of sourdough bread adds some texture to it’s creaminess and I think that’s what I was needing.  I’m always looking for a little more!

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This would be a great meal for Dad and the kids to make for Mom on Mother’s Day for lunch or as an appetizer for dinner.  It’s so important to include the kids in meal planning and preparation and the sooner you can get started on this. the better.  As the kids grow older it will become second nature to them to help in the kitchen.

And you’re going to want to use a beautiful blender like this one from Vitamix.  A big thank you to them for sponsoring this GIVEAWAY for Mother’s Day.  Awesome, right?

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This recipe came from Jerusalem: A Cookbook.  I first saw this book on my friend, Sue’s blog, The View from Great Island.  If you’re a regular reader here, you’ll be familiar with her beautiful, creative recipes because I have featured them often.  I ordered it immediately and have so enjoyed discovering the flavorful, international dishes.

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I made this again the next week and had grilled cheese on sourdough with it ….heaven!

What are you doing for your mom on Mother’s Day?  If you’re cooking, I’d love it if you’d share your pics with me on Instagram or Twitter.   Cheers!

Btw, I promise that’s the last soup for awhile, ha!


Tomato & Sourdough Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Author: (adapted from Jerusalem: A Cookbook)
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Serves: 4
A soup of simple, yet distinctly flavored ingredients that will surprise you with it’s unique, delicate taste.
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling at the end
  • 1 large onion, (1 2/3 cups), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped (4 cups in total)
  • 1 14 ounce can of chopped Italian tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1 slice sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped. Plus extra to finish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan and add the onion. Saute for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion is translucent. Add the cumin and garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Pour in the stock, both types of tomato, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, ad a good grind of black pepper.
  2. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer and cook for 20 minutes, adding the bread, torn into chunks, halfway through the cooking. Finally, add the cilantro and then blitz, using a blender, in a few pulses, so that the tomatoes break down but are still a little coarse and chunky. The soup should be quite thick; add a little water if it is too thick at this point. Serve, drizzled with oil and scattered with fresh cilantro.


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    Anita Rivera
    April 24, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Good morning my friend!!!!! You know, I grew up eating Campbell’s Tomato Soup from the can; as a child and having eaten this on my lunch break from school, there are fond memories to be had with tomato soup, but I haven’t had this type of soup since I was about 12….HOWEVER….I did have “tomato bread” soup a few years in an Italian restaurant, and it blew my socks off! And this recipe looks very similar to what I researched afterwards. The soup I had in the restaurant also had loads of fresh basil ….now that is a winner! I think this summer I must try this because I’m always open to reopening my childhood memories through taste!

    We have a Vitamix and we love it. It’s actually a very early model that we purchased 34 years ago and this baby is still kicking hard.

    GUESS WHAT I got for my birthday yesterday? A MACRO LENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Happy day dear one! Anita

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      April 24, 2016 at 7:40 am

      Oh my gosh! I want to hear all about your lens, Anita!! Happy Birthday to you. Judging from IG, you had a wonderful day!
      And I ate tomato soup from a can and I think that’s why I don’t have good memories but since I love tomatoes so much it seemed only right to find a good recipe. This was over the top amazing! You’ll love it too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    April 24, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Hi Robyn, I could eat this all day long, I bet this has so much flavor. I have Jerusalem but do not remember this recipe, will have to give it a try.

    Hope you are having a great week-end. xo Cheri
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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    April 24, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Lovely, lovely soup! And it’s still soup weather, so I’ll be trying this, for sure 🙂
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    April 24, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This looks sooo delicious and yes, Tomato soup requires bread. Soup without bread is just soup 😛
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    April 24, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Great soup recipe Robyn. My Paul would love it. He loves tomato soup and he loves sourdough….LOL
    Fresh tomatoes have so such flavor. Nice giveaway as well. Someone will be a happy winner. Happy Sunday sweet friend. Lots of love from W.W.
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      April 24, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Oh, if you make it, you’ll have to take a few shots and post them, Linda! Sounds like you can’t go wrong with this recipe for him, lol. I wish I was winning the Vitamix, lol. Talk soon xoox
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    April 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I’ll have to give your tomato soup recipe a try. I am not a fan of plain tomato soup (especially not the canned stuff) but that bread slice may be the little something that is missing from regular tomato soup for me.
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      April 24, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      I was the same way, Regina, and I have to admit there are very few creamy soups that appeal to me but this was so over the top delicious! The bread truly does make the difference. Thank you again for all your hard work in organizing the Giveaway!
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    April 24, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I make my own sourdough! So, this is right up my alley! It looks so good!
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    Karen (Back Road Journal)
    April 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    The farmer’s markets here in Florida have great tomatoes now…this would be a perfect way to use some of them.
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      April 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Don’t you love the markets, Karen? I find it so inspiring when I’m surrounded by fresh produce right from the fields into my basket! I haven’t been to visit you in ages. I’m off to see your pasta dish!
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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 24, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Pinned this to make when my tomatoes come in – love my Jerusalem cookbook! Thanks for the opportunity to maybe win!
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    Erin @ Platings and Pairings
    April 24, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I love that you finish this soup with cumin and cilantro – Two of my favorite flavors!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    April 24, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Using some fresh tomatoes and some canned is brilliant as it gives your soup layers of flavors. I just want to dive in with a grilled piece of bread into your soup. Yesterday I got to experience the full effects of a hand squeezed tomato juice in a bloody mary and oh my goodness the difference it makes. It is quite remarkable. We make smoothies every day and make so many things that would be so much simpler with a vitamix, homemade almond butter…etc. Sharing!
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    April 24, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Like Anita, I grew up on canned tomato soup — I love this fresh version, and the idea of using sourdough bread to thicken it it GENIUS!
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    April 25, 2016 at 12:17 am

    I am totally coveting the Vitamix, my old blender isn’t cutting it these days! And you can never go wrong with tomato soup, love the addition of the sourdough!
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    Chris Scheuer
    April 25, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I’m a long time Ottolenghi fan so I know this soup is going to be wonderful. Love the beautiful vibrancy and the unique ingredients, not your everyday tomato soup!

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      April 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      It’s one of the best soups I’ve had, Chris. The flavor stays with you long after you’re finished and makes you want it again and again. His recipes are simply perfection 🙂
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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    April 25, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I’m a huge soup fan, Robyn and this looks delicious. Wish I had a big bowl of it for lunch today! Pinning.
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      April 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      You and I both are soup addicts, Geraldine. I’ve seen your gorgeous recipes and I know a soup nut when I see one, lol. I’m off to see your latest creation – sounds amazing!
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    April 25, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    I love tomato soup and this sounds like a keeper! Happy Monday!
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    April 26, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    That looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Vicky @ Avocado Pesto
    April 26, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    LOVE the addition of sour dough bread to the soup – I can imagine ti gives it so much moore oomph! Happy to be hosting this giveaway with you. Pinning, tweeting, yumming this recipe : ))

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    April 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    This is perfect Robyn!! Sourdough is my FAVORITE and I love that it gets blended up in the soup! I do a gazpacho blending up bread, but never thought to do it with hot soup: perfect!!

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    April 29, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Tomato soup is always a favorite for so many people and I love the ingredients in your soup – the sourdough bread sure sound wonderful with that soup. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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