10.11.2011

Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato basil soup is my all-time favorite soup.  Any time the little cafe in my building has that as the soup du jour, I always get a bowl.  Well, I got a little tired of waiting for them to add it to the menu so I figured out how to make it myself.  Let me tell ya, this is a thousand times better than any tomato basil soup I've had in a restaurant!  And it's much healthier, too.  I didn't use any cream yet the final product was thick and smooth and all sorts of awesomeness.  If you try this recipe, you have to let me know what you think!



What You Need:
2-3 tbsp. olive oil
1 red onion
2 carrots
1 red Italian pepper
6-7 large, vine-ripened tomatoes (I used 7, plus some little pear tomatoes I had in the fridge)
2-4 cloves of garlic, depending on your preference
3 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp. tomato paste
10 or so basil leaves, chopped up
1 tsp. of sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste

What To Do:
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add the onions and carrots.  Cook until tender, roughly 10-12 minutes.  (Note, if you chopped them into smaller pieces they'll cook faster.)
2. Add the garlic and Italian pepper and cook for another minute or two.  If you want the soup to be spicy, use two or three peppers instead of just one.
3. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, basil, and broth.  Stir, then add salt and pepper to taste.
4. Bring the soup to a boil then let it simmer with the lid off for about half an hour.
5. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, puree the soup until smooth.  Serve and enjoy!!



Tip: I added a little dollop of low-fat sour cream to ours.  It was the perfect little touch without making the soup too heavy.  You can also try sprinkling some Parmesan or Reggiano cheese, too.

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11 comments

  1. I just made tomato soup yesterday, but your recipe seems to be much simpler! Can't wait to try it!

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  2. Bookmarked. Looking forward to giving it a try :)

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  3. Ohhhhh it sounds amazing! It looks so creamy to in your pictures. I wonder if it's the tomato past and the sugar that thickens it up. I think I'm going to have to try this.

    - Sarah
    http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

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  4. Yum! Looks so good and it would be fantastic with a side of grilled cheese! ;)
    xo
    alexa
    www.theshortandthesweetofit.com

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  5. Is it wrong to be completely geeking out over a soup recipe? So glad that I discovered your blog today so that I can try this TONIGHT! Thanks a mil for sharing.

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  6. oh yum! i'm going to have to try this out soon. tomato soup is good for the soul.

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  7. THIS LOOKS ABSOLUTELY DELISH! And I am so with you... I wait for it all the time to be the soup of the day! I can't wait to try out this delicious looking recipe!

    XOXO!

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  8. I love tomato basil soup too (especially with a grilled cheese sandwhich)!

    And this looks really, really good.

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  9. Stephanie, this looks amazing. I had to google Italian pepper, because I wasn't really sure what that was:)

    *Erin

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  10. Yum. Tomato basil soup always reminds me of Fall, I love it!

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  11. YUM! That looks amazing. I love tomato soup.

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