Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When I was little my mom would sometimes warm and enjoy a bowl of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. I hated the stuff and would not have anything to do with it. For this reason I spent years  thinking that I did not like tomato soup. Eventually I decided this did not make sense because I do like tomatoes. How did I rectify this conundrum? I started making my own tomato soup and I’ve loved it ever since. It is my favorite food on a chilly day.

If you enjoy tomato soup as much as we do in the Hungry household then this recipe will be tomato soup heaven for you! It is delicately tart and fruity balanced perfectly with rich and creamy. In a word, it is downright savory.  Talk about an excellent marriage of nutrition and comfort! I can think of nothing more delightful on a cool Fall day than to curl up to watch a good movie with a piping hot bowl of my Creamy Tomato Basil Soup and a generous slice of warm crusty bread or on occasion an ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich.

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During the summer months I typically preserve tomatoes and stock pile them to have all through the winter for soups and fresh salsa. Unfortunately, I did not make the time this summer to search for a tomato farmer and put time into preserving tomatoes, which makes me sad. You can use fresh tomatoes from your local grocery store and just pulse them in a food processor or you may opt for canned tomatoes. If you are looking to save precious time then using canned tomatoes is just the thing. Of course, this is a fast and easy recipe either way you go so just do what works best for your schedule.

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Tomatoes are a rich source of flavonoid antioxidants, in particular lycopene which together with carotenoids may help to protect cells in the body from the harmful effects of free radicals. They are a good source of vitamins A and C,  are rich in potassium, and offer an average amount of B-complex vitamins and minerals. Tomatoes are native to Central America and their use dates back as far as the Aztecs. They have been enjoyed for many centuries.

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The fats in this soup contribute to satiety and provide a feeling of fullness. Pair with a grilled cheese sandwich or a slice of crusty bread and you have a delicious and satisfying meal. You can also throw in a colorful side salad for additional nutrients. In addition, this soup freezes really well so double the batch and put some back for lunches.

In the coming winter months as the “weather outside is frightful” you and your family will be warm and cozy as you enjoy this comforting meal.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
The perfect marriage of delicate tangy and fruity flavors paired with rich and creamy, this nutritious soup will become your go-to meal on a cold winter day. Add warm toasted bread or a grilled cheese sandwich and voila! Excellent comfort food!
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 15-20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Add olive oil to a large sauce pan and warm on medium heat until shimmering. Add the onions and minced garlic and cook until onions are translucent.
  2. Add and combine the tomatoes, broth, sugar, and butter and stir until mixed well.
  3. Slowly, and I mean very slowly, add the cream while stirring vigorously until creamy.
  4. Stir in the basil and serve hot with a generous slice of warm crusty bread.
Recipe Notes

Serving size = 2 cups. Nutrition information per 2 cups: 355 calories, total fat 20 grams, saturated fat 11 grams, monounsaturated fat 7 grams, polyunsaturated fat 1 gram, sodium 858 grams, total carbohydrate 36 grams, dietary fiber 6 grams, protein 6 grams

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