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Who doesn’t love Christmas dinner? Well, this year we are offering you the chance to have not one but two, by holding a Christmas feast during December in support of ActionAid. Whether you host a 'Faux Christmas' with friends, make some winter warmers for your local community group, or hold a Christmas cake off at the office, the money you raise will help ActionAid keep homeless children safe this Christmas.

To get you started, we've gathered together our favourite Christmas recipes to help you cook up a Christmas feast to remember.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 5 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 ltr tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 50ml Worcestershire sauce, half tsp Cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • Tabasco sauce and vodka to taste (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the sliced onion and cook over a low heat for 15 minutes
  2. Add the other ingredients except the tabasco and vodka
  3. Bring to the boil then reduce and allow to simmer gently for 35 minutes
  4. Taste the soup and add more flavouring if needed, then remove the bay leaf
  5. Blitz until quite smooth, then return to the saucepan and heat gently
  6. Add the tabasco and vodka to taste and serve with warm crusty bread

Recipe with thanks to the Action Aid team

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