The Crazy Kitchen: Tomato & Basil Soup {5:2 diet recipe}

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Monday 8 April 2013

Tomato & Basil Soup {5:2 diet recipe}

The 5:2 diet is still going well. Another 2lbs lost despite a weekend away and a day out in London consuming pastries. Easter Monday was a bit of a challenge as I decided to fast on the journey home from Devon. It was a mammoth journey involving the M5 with only celery and crispbreads to take my mind off the kids eating cheese sandwiches and Easter eggs in the back. I suppose I didn't help myself by watching back to back episodes of The Great British Bake off and Paul Hollywood's 'Bread' in the iPlayer. We then stopped off at the Brother in Law's where I turned down crusty baguettes and fairy cakes. It was certainly a test of my willpower anyway.

On fast days I still generally eat 2 very small meals and then a larger dinner, mostly made up of lots of veggies and the odd marmite on crackerbread thrown in. I fancied a bit of a change for lunch on one of the days last week and decided to make a quick soup. It was full of flavour and after my 10 year old daughter tried some she asked for me to make double next time so that she can have a bowlful too. She was so surprised when she saw the finished soup and exclaimed "it looks like real tomato and basil soup". 

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Tomato & Basil Soup  - serves 1

1 clove of garlic - 4 cals
1 small red onion (64g) - 25 cals
400g can of chopped Tomatoes - 68 cals
handful of Fresh basil (15g) - 4 cals
salt & pepper to taste

total : 101 cals

  • Heat a small amount of water in a pan and sweat the garlic and onion off for 2 minutes
  • Add the can of tomatoes and bring to the boil
  • Tear the basil up and add to the pan & remove from the heat
  • Blend until smooth with a stick blender
  • Add salt & pepper to taste and serve

If you want to add a few more calories to the meal you could add some croutons or cooked pasta, or serve with a slice of bread.


  1. Michelle Ordever8 April 2013 at 16:06

    That looks lovely! I hear good things about the 5:2 diet, but right now, I'm going to detox for 28 days - I'm sure that is what my body needs right now x Good luck with the plan - hope you lose all the weight you want to xx

  2. Yum! I make something really similar for my fasting days. Soups are great for 5:2!

  3. AnnieMammasaurus8 April 2013 at 20:57

    Ooo yummo! Bookmarking this one for when this lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng month of meal replacement ends. Not that it's dragging...MUCH!

  4. Glad the diets going well. I'm going to have to try this one, it looks yummy x

  5. Yum! Glad it's going well. I enjoyed the diet and have just stopped recently!

  6. I always resort to a nice bowl of soup on a fast day and yours looks lovely! I have a roasted tomato and garlic one, that is great when tomatoes are in season, but, like you, I love soup with tinned toms too! Great to see the diet is working or you, I LOVE it! Karen

  7. i make a soup very similar to this and its yummy. yours looks really good and on a fasting day i think a bowl of soup must really help fill you up x

  8. I love love LOVE this soup! Tomatoes and basil go so well together, and this soup reminds me of Italy! :)


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