The weather is cold, but nothing warms you up like a good bowl of homemade soup. Korea has plenty of soup options that are ready to buy. However despite its popularity throughout the globe, tomato soup has yet to make its debut on the supermarket shelves of Korea.  Sure you can buy a can of Campbells in the Foreign Food Mart but it’s not available in your local supermarket.  Back home a tin of soup and a few slices of bread really hits the spot. So if you’re hankering after a bowl I present to you my recipe. Which is as close as you can get to the cream of tomato soup from back home. With the added bonus that this homemade variety is even better. You can also source all your ingredients at your local home-plus.  I also make a fantastic roasted tomato and red pepper soup, however I usually  make that in spring when tomatoes are cheap, ripe and plentiful. This is the store cupboard standby of you dreams.


2 cans of hunts tomato paste (comes in small cans found at homeplus etc)

400ml chicken stock

600ml milk (I use half fat, but go full fat it you like it very creamy)

1 onion

4 cloves of garlic

200ml cream (optional)

A knob of butter

1 tablespoon of mixed herbs

2 tablespoons of garlic powder

Fresh basil leaves

Salt & Pepper


Finely chop the onions and garlic and fry off in a little oil and a knob of buuter. Add the tomato paste and chicken stock to the pan and bring to the boil. Once the soup is boiling, add the milk and cream. Stir in the herbs and salt and pepper then serve with delicious homemade bread.Voilà tasty tomato soup.



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