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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

The BEST Creamy Tomato Basil Soup | This easy homemade recipe is packed full of flavor thanks to the fresh basil, canned fire roasted tomatoes, and half and half. You can use fresh tomatoes if you blanch and peel them. Blend the soup with a stick blender or food processor. Low carb soup recipes like this are quick, simple, and healthy. Don't you just love a fast dinner recipe? Enjoy with a grilled cheese sandwich! :)
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course, Soup/Stew
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, creamy, gluten free, soup, tomato
Servings: 4
Calories: 250kcal
Cost: $7.00

Equipment

  • 1 large soup pot
  • 1 blender or stick blender

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 28 oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1 cup half and half
  • additional salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a soup pot, sauté onions in 4 Tbsp butter over medium heat until translucent. Stir in tomato paste and cook while stirring until it starts to brown about 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour in 4 cups chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pot with your wooden spatula to remove any caramelized brown bits (brown bits=flavor!).
  • Add all cans of tomatoes, including juices, garlic powder and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, covered. Then turn burner off.
  • Use an immersion blender to puree the soup right in the pot, or once the soup is not hot*, transfer the soup in batches to a blender or food processor to puree. *Do not ever add hot liquids to a blender or food processor as it will expand and possibly explode all over kitchen. #nightmare
  • After mixture is pureed, add in chopped basil and half and half. Pulse a few times to incorporate. Add in additional salt to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe was inspired by Tara at https://unsophisticook.com/tomato-basil-soup/. Be sure to check out the rest of her recipes too! They are delish. 🙂