17 November 2011

Tomato soup with olive, hazelnut and basil pâté

Words and pictures can’t really express how good this tomato soup is. You really need to be able to smell the aroma of the simmering white wine, tomatoes, onions and oregano and taste its delicate flavour, preferably combined with that of an exquisite—yet very easy to make—hazelnut, olive and basil pâté on warm oven-baked bread. Guaranteed to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

P.S. Unfortunately, basil is not in season at the moment, so I was forced to leave it out. Still great, though!

Here's what you'll need


For the soup
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, chopped
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
500 g/4 medium-sized tomatoes, cut in half
750 g vegetable broth
1 teaspoon oregano
150 ml dry white wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Chives, chopped
Salt and pepper

For the olive and hazelnut pâté
125 g hazelnuts, toasted
125 g green or black olives
Handful basil
2 tablespoons olive oil

1.    Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Sauté the onions, celery and carrot for about 5 minutes until they soften, stirring occasionally.

2.    Add the tomato, broth, oregano, wine and sugar. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for around 20 minutes.

3.    Meanwhile, blend the hazelnuts, olives and basil until you form a paste. Stir in the olive oil. Place in a bowl to serve.

4.    Heat the bread in the oven.
5.    Blend the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Decorate with the chopped chives. Spread the pâté on the warm bread. Serve and enjoy!


  1. qué pinta!! y la mesa me suena un montón!

  2. Oooh, that looks beyond delicious! Tomato soup is my favorite soup ever when it's not cream-based, and the hazelnut-basil pate sounds like a wodnerful accompaniment.

  3. Fresh tomato soup does sound like the ultimate comfort food! The pairing with the pate does intrigue. I will need to try both. Delicious meal-thanks for sharing.

  4. I think pictures are expressing how good it is pretty well. It looks amazing.

    I would eat this warm in the winter. I could see it served chilled in the summer!!! A little like gazpacho!!!

    Happy Thanksgiving!


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