Fresh Tomato Basil Soup

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup – quick and simple to make, made with fresh basil and tomatoes, great with a side of crusty bread or grilled cheese sandwiches. 
 Fresh Tomato Basil Soup - colorful, warm and comforting soup in a white bowl topped with parsley and basil.
Tomato soup one of my favorites!
I know that you either love or have tomato soup and I’m in the “lovers” camp!
If you also like tomato soup, just like me you may want to check this Creamy Tomato And Chickpea Soup and this Creamy Tomato And Spinach Soup recipes.
I must confess that sometimes I make tomato soup with canned tomatoes.
But it tastes so much better when made with fresh!
 Fresh Tomato Basil Soup -two bowls of colorful and flavorful soup and cheesy bread.
It probably isn’t the best time of the year to share a fresh tomato soup recipe. But you can definitely find fresh tomatoes at any store. Well, they won’t be from your garden, farmers market or a farm, but store bought tomatoes work.
It is definitely the best time of the year to share a soup recipe.
The weather is cold and all I need is a soup with some warm bread. I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. Way more than I’ve been making salads, because I always try to make a different soup for my little guy, to see what he likes and what he doesn’t.
Apparently he likes tomato soup, just like me, so I’ll be making this Fresh Tomato Basil Soup again pretty soon.
 I’d like to share with you my trick for peeling tomatoes quickly. You may already know it. I actually shared it in this Red Pepper Tomato Spread Recipe.
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup - in a white porcelain soup bowl and soup spoon.

 

The Easiest And Most Effective Way To Peel Tomatoes:
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  • Make a small cross cut on the bottom of each tomato.
  • Add tomatoes and boil for 1 minute. Take them out and rinse with cold water.
  • Peel tomatoes and roughly chop. Use in the soup.
Another trick to boost the flavors in this Fresh Tomato Basil Soup even more is to add 1/2 tbsp of pesto sauce. Totally optional, but it make it taste even better!
I did use heavy cream in this recipe, but milk could be substituted.
If you decide to use milk though, please reduce the amount of broth/water with 1/2 to 3/4 cups. If the soup appears too thick after you add the milk, you can add more milk or water to thin the consistency.
The amounts of broth/water provided work best on the recipe, if you use heavy cream.
Hope you enjoy this quick and easy to make, flavorful and super delicious Fresh Tomato Basil Soup.
5 from 1 vote
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup in a white ceramic bowl, bold color, topped with fresh basil.
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Fresh Tomato Basil Soup - quick and simple to make, made with fresh basil and tomatoes, great with a side of crusty bread or grilled cheese sandwiches. 

Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Lyubomira L
Ingredients
  • 2 lb tomatoes
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic (pressed)
  • 1/2 small onion diced 1/2 cup
  • 2 tbsp butter (can use olive oil)
  • 4 basil leaves for the soup + 4 basil leaves for garnishing
  • 1 cup heavy cream (can use milk)
  • 3 cups chicken, vegetable stock or water (can substitute with water and chicken bullion)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • salt to taste
Instructions
To peel the tomatoes:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

    Make a small cross cut on the bottom of each tomato.

    Add tomatoes and boil for 1 minute. Take them out and rinse with cold water.

    Peel tomatoes and roughly chop. Use in the soup.

     

  2. Set a large sauce pan over medium heat and add butter. Sauté onion until tender. Add carrot and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add sliced tomatoes,black pepper, thyme, oregano,basil leaves and chicken stock and cook for 20 minutes over medium heat , stirring frequently. Add sugar.
  4. Transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth.
  5. Return soup to the pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and mix in the heavy cream (or milk). You can run soup through a strainer before serving.
  6. Serve warm garnished with fresh basil.
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 348mg 15%
Potassium 594mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 92.5%
Vitamin C 24.2%
Calcium 6.7%
Iron 4.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Fresh Tomato Basil Soup - quick and simple to make, made with fresh basil and tomatoes, great with a side of crusty bread or grilled cheese sandwiches.