Fresh Tomato Soup with Diced Courgettes, Basil Leaves and Olive Oil

Preparation info
  • Serves

    6 – 8

    • Difficulty


Appears in
Almost Vegetarian Cookbook

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 1999

  • About

There are few dishes as good as a light and refreshing tomato soup. You can make the soup in advance but add the courgettes only a few minutes before serving. For a completely vegetarian dish, this soup is still excellent without the anchovies.


  • 1.1 kg (lb) ripe tomatoes
  • 50g (2


Slit the tops of the tomatoes and put them into a bowl. Pour over enough boiling water to cover and leave them for 1–2 minutes. Then skin the tomatoes, chop the flesh finely and leave on one side.

Put the butter into a large, heavy saucepan, add the anchovies and their oil and put the pan over a low heat. Stir the mixture until the anchovies dissolve into a purée. Then add the chopped t