Crème de Tomate à l’Ail

Every time I eat at friends I come away with new ideas for my weekly recipes. This weekend a good French friend of mine made a beautiful lunch with lots of interesting dishes. She prepared for us a delicate creamy tomato soup. It had an interesting depth of flavour which was a complete change from traditional tomato soup. She explained to me that she added some onions and garlic which make the difference in the flavour. I created a really easy reproduction of this delicious soup. If I was in France I would have picked some of the deep red tasty tomatoes which grow in my village but as I am sitting at the end of winter in Cape Town I cheated and used a can of peeled Italian rosa tomatoes. The soup was not difficult to prepare, it took less than half an hour to make and looked and tasted wonderful. I recommend pairing this soup with an Alphonse Mellot Sancerre, a sauvignon blanc wine from the Loire as it blends well with the taste of the tomato.

Ingredients for 2-3 guests:

  • 1 large tin peeled Italian tomatoes in juice ( or 6/8 peeled ripe tasty tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled
  • 4 to 6 shallotts or 1 onion peeled
  • 25g of butter
  • 100ml cream
  • 100ml cultured butter milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste

A bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre wine from the French Market shop in Cape Town


  1. Chop garlic and onion finely
  2. Heat the butter in a heavy based saucepan
  3. Add the onions and garlic and cook gently for about 5 minutes
  4. Add the tomates and chop up into small pieces.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste
  6. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes stir from time to time
  7. Add the cream and butter milk and stir in well. Cook over gentle heat for about 10 minutes,
  8. Remove from heat and blend until smooth and no lumps remain.
  9. Taste and adjust seasoning

Serve hot accompanied by some croutons of fried bread rubbed with garlic and fried in olive oil

Pair with a glass of delicate Alphonse Mellot Sancerre, a delicate flavoured sauvignon blanc wine from the Loire region.

Bon Appétit!

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