Cut the tomatoes in half and scoop out the seeds. Put the pulp into a sieve set over a bowl to collect the juices. Chop the flesh.
Heat half the butter and a little olive oil in a casserole and, on a medium heat, sweat the onion and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juices, ketchup, celery and thyme, bring to the boil, and simmer until reduced by two thirds.
Remove the pieces of celery and the thyme and pass the contents of the pan twice through a fine-meshed sieve, rubbing it through with the back of a spoon into a bowl. It is important that you force nearly all of the pulp through, otherwise you will lose a lot of the flavour and will be left with a bowl of insipid liquid.
Measure the liquid; you should be left with approximately 500ml/17fl oz. If, for some reason, you have less than this, top it up to 500ml/17fl oz with half water and half milk. If you have more than required, return it to the casserole and reduce as necessary.
To serve the soup, simmer gently with the cream for 4-5 minutes, then whisk in the remaining butter and thin down with a little more milk if necessary. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
It is imperative that you get the best-quality, ripest tomatoes possible. Don't bother making this if all you can buy is pale, unripe, out-of-season tomatoes.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (644g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 406 (79%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 45.1g||60 %|
|Saturated Fat 26.1g||131 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 13.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.3g|
|Cholesterol 129.3mg||40 %|
|Sodium 98.3mg||3 %|
|Potassium 1355.4mg||36 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 26.2g||8 %|
|Dietary Fiber 6.7g||27 %|
|Sugars, other 19.5g|
|Protein 7.3g||10 %|
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Calories per serving: 514
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