Onion and Tomato Soup

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Recipes from an Italian Farmhouse

By Valentina Harris

Published 1995

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This very simple tomato-flavoured onion soup from Umbria is scented with fresh basil and enriched with golden-green olive oil. If you are using fresh tomatoes with a poor colour, add a tablespoon of tomato paste.


  • 1 kg ( lb) large golden onions, thinly sliced
  • 50 g (


Cover the sliced onions with cold water and leave to soak overnight.

The next day, drain the onions. Fry the ham fat and olive oil together for 5 minutes then add the onions and basil and season with salt and pepper. Stir well, then cover and leave to sweat slowly until the onions have softened but are not coloured.

Stir in the sieved tomatoes and