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How To Make Cream of Tomato Soup

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Nothing brings back childhood memories better that a steaming bowl of cream of tomato soup (unfortunately it was usually out of a can...). Now that I am, essentially, a grown up I still crave the creamy classic but I like to have the real thing made from scratch. Luckily it's easy as can be.
What you'll need: 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic
a large handful of fresh basil
1 tsp dried oregano
2 400g cans of tomatoes and their liquid
600ml vegetable stock
pinch of bicarbonate of soda
360 ml of full fat milk
1: 
Heat butter and olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
2: 
Add onions and sweat them with a pinch of salt. Continue to saute until they become golden and soft.
3: 
Add garlic and oregano. Finely chop the stems of the basil and add to the pot, reserving the tops for later. Saute for a further minute or two until the garlic is fragrant.
4: 
Add the tomatoes and stock to the pot along with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda, season to taste with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
5: 
Puree the soup using a blender, food processor or stick blender, return to the pot and add milk. Reheat, but do not let it boil
6: 
Finely chop and add reserved basil leaves. Check the seasoning. If the tomato flavour is not strong enough you can add a bit of double concentrated tomato puree.
7: 
Serve soup. You can add some great toppings like grated parmesan cheese, a swirl of pesto, a pat of butter, or cheese crackers, and serve with grilled cheese sandwiches, a fresh salad, or simply toast slathered in butter.
Conclusion: 
This recipe is comfort food at its best, and tastes great on a chilly night after trudging through the rain and wind after a long day of work. Enjoy!
Tips: 
Add a bit of heat to your soup with a pinch of dried chilli or a tsp. of lovely smoked paprika. Add along with the garlic and herbs.

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I'm not sure what needs

I'm not sure what needs changing? I know that cups are used in recipes here, and when I buy cans packaged for UK they are weighed in grams. Is the problem with tablespoon and teaspoon measurements? All recipes I have seen posted on UK recipe sites seem to use these as standard measurements. Please let me know specifically which forms of measurement are wrong so I can make the appropriate changes. Thanks.

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