This creamy tomato soup is easy to make and so warming. Use canned tomatoes, basil, and aromatics for a delicious meal anytime.
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I love it when it is cool enough to make this creamy tomato basil soup because it warms you like no other food can. Homemade tomato soup has nostalgic memories of childhood especially when grilled cheese or cheese crostini is made with it for dipping.
Making a creamy tomato soup is actually very easy and it is completely customizable to your taste. I like making it because it makes a great quick weeknight meal but you can also make this for friends too.
This tomato basil soup utilizes canned tomatoes and chicken stock which are probably already in your pantry so it can be made year round! The irony about making tomato soup is you don't usually want to make soup in the summer when tomatoes are fresh.
I love having canned tomatoes on hand not just for this soup but lots of my Italian dishes like my pork bolognese, Italian zucchini, or cherry tomato pasta. I also always have a container or two of chicken stock for my favorite Italian fagioli soup or Italian wedding soup that I love making. Some pantry stocking ideas for you too!
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Ingredients
Making a really delicious homemade tomato soup is very easy and requires only a handful of ingredients. Here is what you will need.
- Canned whole tomatoes. Any variety will do (Italian, plum, whole tomatoes, etc). Many people think that homemade tomato soup is made with fresh tomatoes but by using canned tomatoes, we skip the whole step of taking the tomato skins off of the tomatoes which is would you would need to do with fresh. This is an easy tomato basil soup recipe so we are using canned tomatoes!
- Fresh Basil. If you have tried my basil simple syrup or basil cake, then you know that I always say fresh basil is the only basil you should be using. Dried basil tastes bitter and lacks the sweetness that fresh basil imparts in recipes.
- Chicken stock. You can also use vegetable stock if you want to make this dish vegetarian. I always prefer chicken stock to chicken broth because I prefer the flavor. You could use broth if that is what you have on hand.
- Kosher salt. If you are working with regular table salt, just make sure you use half the amount of salt that is used in the tomato basil soup recipe.
- Garlic. I love fresh garlic and this is the time to use it. Fresh garlic with basil and tomatoes is a match made in heaven.
- Shallot. There is just a little bit of shallot in this tomato soup recipe. It adds a little background flavor and compliments the garlic.
- Olive Oil. You can use extra virgin olive oil or regular olive oil for this recipe.
- Dried Oregano. Optional but it does lend a bit of background flavor. Normally I always opt for fresh ingredients but dried oregano works great in this tomato soup.
- Heavy cream. There is just a touch of heavy cream in this tomato basil soup. Just a little is all you need to bring out the sweetness of the tomatoes and basil and to impart the creaminess of this tomato soup.
How to make tomato basil soup
This tomato basil soup is so easy and it screams summer with all of the fresh notes of flavor from the garlic, tomatoes, and basil. If you have about 30 minutes, you can make this really easy tomato basil soup.
- Prep your ingredients: This is where you dice up the shallot, and garlic and rinse the fresh basil.
- Cook it up on the stovetop: Sauté your shallots and garlic until soft and then add your chicken stock and canned tomatoes. Don't forget to break up those tomatoes to help them release their juices.
- Add your seasonings: Oregano, basil, salt and pepper. You can adjust it to taste later on.
- Simmer: Let it all simmer for a few minutes so the tomatoes and basil along with the garlic have time to impart their flavor.
- Mix it up in the blender: Add most of the soup to a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer it extra creamy add all of your soup in batches to the blender and blend until smooth.
- Add soup back to the pot: Add the tomato basil soup back to the soup pot then add the cream and adjust for any seasoning. It is good to taste for seasoning after the cream is added since cream can add a sweet note.
Pro-Tip: You can double this recipe and have extra for another night. This soup freezes well too. Making extra and freezing I do with many meals, even with desserts like my cheesecake bites recipe.
I have included instructions for how to do this below in the recipe section.
Now I like a little texture in my tomato soup so this tomato soup recipe is part creamy and part chunky. If you prefer a totally creamy tomato soup then you can blend all of the soup in your blender in batches until all of it is fully blended and smooth.
You can also add about a half cup more of the heavy cream to make it even creamier and more decadent.
Tips for blending hot tomato soup in a blender
When you are blending this tomato basil soup in the blender (or any hot liquid), you want to make sure you follow these simple steps for safety:
- Fill the blender only half full with the hot tomato soup. When you blend hot liquids, it expands so it will reach the top of the blender when it is filled halfway.
- Make sure the lid is on tight and cover the lid with a kitchen towel. You do this just in case the hot liquid pushes through an opening in the top of the blender.
If you follow these simple safety steps, you will be on your way to not just blending up this creamy tomato basil soup but any delicious creamy soup you want to make.
What To Serve With This Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Now let's talk about that delicious cheesy crostini that you see in the pictures with the tomato soup. Nothing is more nostalgic than cheese bread of some variety with tomato soup.
You can also skip the cheese part and make a crusty garlic crostini to dip into the soup. If you prefer a side dish to go along with this soup, then this warm radicchio and arugula salad would be great.
If you want some more ideas of what to serve with this creamy tomato basil soup, here are some of our favorites:
For more tomato recipes:
- Tomato Rubbed Crostini
- Homemade Meatballs and Tomato Sauce
- Fresh Cherry Tomato Sauce
- Roasted Tomato and Tomatillo Salsa
- Vegetable Soup With Cabbage
- Italian Baked Zucchini
- Easy San Marzano Marinara Sauce
- Pimento Cheese Sandwich with tomatoes
Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (From Canned Tomatoes)
- large pot, blender
- 2 28 ounce cans of whole peeled tomatoes
- 32 ounces large container of good chicken stock
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 cloves of garlic diced
- 1 shallot diced
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more to taste
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 5 leaves of fresh basil plus more for garnish (optional)
- In a large pot over medium heat add your olive oil and shallot and sauté for about 2 minutes.1 shallot diced, 3 tablespoon olive oil
- Add ½ of your salt to sweat out the juices in the shallots.
- Now add your garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.2 cloves of garlic diced
- Next, add your chicken stock and stir well.32 ounces large container of good chicken stock
- Now add your canned tomatoes, basil, oregano and the rest of your salt and your pepper and mix well.2 28 ounce cans of whole peeled tomatoes, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 5 leaves of fresh basil, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- Let simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Now, carefully take a potato masher and mash done the large chunks of tomato. You can also do this with the back of a spoon.
- Do this until most of the tomatoes has been crushed up and there are no more large tomatoes left.
- Now, take half of your soup mixture then add it to a blender and secure the lid tightly. Take a kitchen towel and place it over the lid of your blender. Pulse on medium speed to puree the mixture. You may need to do this in 2 batches.
- Now add your pureed mixture back into the pot and mix it in with the soup that wasn't pureed.
- Now add your heavy cream and mix well.½ cup heavy cream
- Taste for seasoning and add any salt or pepper that you need.
- Serve immediately with grilled cheese, homemade croutons or crusty bread. Garnish with fresh basil.
Nutrition Values are estimates only.See full nutrition disclaimer here
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