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TOMATO BASIL SOUP {No Cream Recipe!}

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup is a flavorful, easy-to-make bowl of comfort full of sweet acidic tomatoes, healthy veggies, warm broth, and tangy sour cream.

Perfect for a causal weeknight dinner, serving a crowd, or when you’re craving the classic soup and grilled cheese pairing!

bowl of tomato basil soup

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TOMATO BASIL SOUP

I love a creamy tomato basil soup on a cold winter night. There is something about eating a big bowl of hot homemade soup that just tastes so good.

And this easy-to-make, one-pot dish is one of my favorites and, I know it will quickly become one of yours too!

So, when your family is craving something comforting or the classic pairing of soup and grilled cheese, serve them this delicious tomato basil soup! This simple soup comes together in just under one hour and uses easy-to-find store-bought ingredients and common pantry staples.

And one thing is for sure, once you experience this decadent homemade soup, you’ll never buy the prepackaged canned version again!

REASONS TO LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • It’s easy to make
  • Made with easy to find ingredients and pantry staples
  • Bursting with flavor
  • Perfect make ahead, freezer-friendly meal
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WHAT IS TOMATO BASIL SOUP MADE OF?

  • olive oil
  • aromatics
  • tomatoes
  • carrots
  • basil
  • broth/water
  • seasoning
  • garnishes

Aromatics – Onion, Garlic, Carrots & Celery

Tomatoes – Use fresh, vine ripe tomatoes that are deep red in color and soft but not mushy. Roma or small plum tomatoes work best.

San Marzano are my favorite variety to use! Avoid larger tomatoes. They have too much water and will dilute the flavor.

Broth – You can use chicken broth or vegetable broth. There is a little water added to this recipe to thin it out as well. You can always use more broth.

Basil – Using fresh basil leaves are best for this and will bring out the most flavor. Save some for garnishing too.

Seasoning – Lemon Pepper seasoning is what I use for this recipe. It adds brightness with the lemon.

Garnishes – Goat cheese or Mozzarella balls, sour cream, a drizzle of olive oil, more fresh basil, or crust French bread.

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HOW TO MAKE TOMATO BASIL SOUP

ONE: Over medium heat, coat the bottom of a Dutch oven with oil. Saute the garlic and onion until the onion is soft.

TWO: Add in the carrots, celery, basil, lemon pepper, salt, and diced tomatoes. Mix well.

THREE: Add in water and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally until all ingredients are soft, approximately one hour.

FOUR: Puree the soup in a blender and return to the Dutch oven and warm over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with goat cheese, extra basil, and sour cream.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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CAN I USE DRIED BASIL?

While this recipe calls for fresh basil, you can certainly substitute with dried if that’s all you can find or have on hand. When using dried spices, use have the amount of fresh that the recipe calls for.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH TOMATO BASIL SOUP.

While crispy, gooey grilled cheese is the traditional dish to serve with creamy tomato soup, feel free to pair it with a fresh chicken cobb salad, homemade cheese sticks, pizza pinwheels, or restaurant-style garlic knots.

DO I NEED TO SKIN THE TOMATOES BEFORE USING?

Removing the skin on the tomatoes before use is a personal preference. Typically, I leave the skin on the tomatoes and keep the seeds in them as well but feel free to remove both if you’d prefer.

CAN I USE CANNED TOMATOES?

While fresh tomatoes will add a richness and subtle sweetness to this soup, feel free to use canned tomatoes. If opting to use canned, I would recommend using a fire-roasted brand.

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TOMATO SOUP AND TOMATO BISQUE SOUP?

Tomato bisque and tomato soup are two different dishes. Traditionally bisque is made with shellfish stock, such as lobster or crab, and enriched with cream.

Tomato soup on-the-other-hand is made with vegetable or chicken stock and does not include added cream.

This tomato basil soup is a cross between a traditional soup and bisque. Made with chicken stock and enriched with sour cream, this dish is decadent, rich, and oh-so-flavorful.

HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP TOMATO BASIL SOUP IN THE REFRIGERATOR?

Store any leftover soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Reheat any leftovers on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave until warmed through.

CAN I FREEZE TOMATO BASIL SOUP?

Place any leftover soup in a freezer-friendly, airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to reheat, allow soup to thaw overnight in the fridge. Warm through on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in the microwave.

bowl of soup with goat cheese

TIPS FOR NO LEFTOVERS

  • For even more flavor, roast the tomatoes in the oven before adding to the pot.
  • If you need to use canned tomatoes, I suggest the fire roasted ones!
  • No fresh basil? Use half the amount in dried basil.
  • Want thicker soup? Leave out some of the water or broth. Or thicken afterwards with a cornstarch slurry or coconut cream.
  • Need a vegan version? Use all vegetable broth and vegan garnishes!

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This Tomato Basil Soup is easy to make, budget-friendly with fresh ripe fruits and veggies feeds a crowd and is a great freezer meal!

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Tomato Basil Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup is a flavorful, easy-to-make bowl of comfort full of sweet acidic tomatoes, healthy veggies, warm broth, and tangy sour cream.

Ingredients

  • 8 large ripe tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 carrots (peeled, diced)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1⁄4 small onion (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil (minced)
  • 2 large celery stalks (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a dutch oven over medium heat, warm the oil and coat the bottom of the pan.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and mix until cooked. Add in the carrots, celery, basil, lemon pepper, salt, and diced tomatoes. Stir until they are all mixed.
  3. Add in the water and the chicken broth.
  4. Stir occasionally over medium heat until all the ingredients are soft, approximately one hour.
  5. Puree the soup in a blender and return to the dutch oven and let it heat up once again over medium heat.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed.
  7. Garnish with goat cheese, extra basil, and sour cream.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 114Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 807mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 4g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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