Boozy tomato soup with grilled cheese dunkers

You think you know what a good tomato soup tastes like, huh? Think again. Once you’ve gone to the dark side, you’ll never go back. Make this tonight then curse yourself for not having it in your life sooner.


1 cup cream sherry

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 chicken stock cubes/stock pots

Large carton tomato juice

2 tins chopped tomatoes

250ml single cream

4-5 tbsp sugar (adjust according to taste but I like mine to be sweet)

Large handful fresh basil leaves, shredded



1 tbsp olive oil


Heat oil in large pot and saute onion and garlic for a few minutes, making sure garlic doesn’t burn. Add sherry and let simmer for a minute or so until strong alcohol smell subsides. Add in chopped tomatoes, tomato juice, chicken stock cubes and sugar. Simmer for couple more minutes. Add in single cream and leave to bubble gently for 15-20 minutes, topping up with a little water if needed. Add shredded basil leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.

You can leave the soup slightly chunky but I prefer to blend it smooth with a stick blender. If I’m feeling really naughty (which is often), I make grilled cheese sandwiches to go along side the soup and dunk them in. Yeah, you heard. Grilled cheese dunked in soup. Amen to that.

Serves 4

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