Tomato Basil Soup

  • This Tomato Basil Soup is a classic soup that’s easy to make from scratch. You can add cream and Parmesan cheese for an extra tasty twist! Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stovetop instructions included!

    Top down view of a bowl of soup garnished with fresh basil, cream, cheese, and black pepper.

    Who here remembers eating tomato soup and dipping their grilled cheese in it?? No, just me?? Or maybe you sprinkled yours with goldfish crackers, or drizzled it with some heavy cream, or maybe a hefty sprinkle of Parmesan cheese???

    Well, I would eat it any of those ways! I remember eating tomato soup with my mom and younger brother when we were little. It was a fast and healthy dish she could serve us quickly for lunch. Usually served with grilled cheese of course!

    ingredients

    Ingredients

    The ingredients for this Tomato Basil Soup is pretty straight forward and nothing hard to find, which is a must for me. I usually have all the ingredients on hand at all times!

    Canned Tomatoes: Use any kind you like, whole, diced, crushed, roasted….they will all work.
    Tomato Paste: Adds a lot of tomato flavor.
    Veggies: I am using onion, celery, carrots, and garlic. I like to use a lot of garlic but you can knock it down to only a few cloves if you prefer.
    Broth: I am using vegetable broth to keep this a vegetarian dish but feel free to use chicken broth if you prefer.
    Herbs: Both basil and oregano are used. I prefer to use dried in this recipe.


    Honey: I wanted to make this soup without any sugar but in order to tame the acidity of the tomatoes I needed some sweetener. I tried using sweet potato which wasn’t bad but it started to become more of a vegetable soup rather than a tomato. I opted for honey after my dad suggested it and it worked perfectly! Thanks, dad!
    Optional add-ins: You can add heavy cream and/or Parmesan cheese after the soup is done cooking for an extra luxurious dish. My kids love adding both cream and cheese to theirs.

    Two pictures showing the cooking process.

    How to Make Tomato Basil Soup

    1. Start by sautéing your vegetables just until the onion starts to soften.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients to your pot. For the Instant Pot: seal the lid and the vent. Cook on High Pressure for 5 minutes with a 10 minute natural release. After 10 minutes release the pressure then remove the lid. For the Stovetop: cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Slow cooker: add sauteed veggies to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.
    3. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or a high powered blender to the consistency you desire.
    4. If you would like to add the cream and/or cheese do so before you puree the soup.
    Hands pulling apart a grilled cheese sandwich over a bowl of soup.

    FAQs

    How do I reheat soup?

    There are many ways you can reheat this soup. You can do individual servings in the microwave. Or if you need to reheat more do so on the stovetop. Or you can even use your crockpot!

    Is tomato basil soup good for you?

    Yes, there are many health benefits to cooked tomatoes. They are loaded with lycopene, fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, and D, as well as many other vitamins and minerals.

    What is the difference between tomato soup, tomato bisque, and cream of tomato soup?

    Regular tomato soup is pretty straight forward. It is made mostly of tomatoes with a few seasonings. No dairy products.
    Cream of tomato soup is made with cream, half and half, or milk to make it to make it well, creamier.
    Bisque is a French term for creamy soups made with seafood broth. However, over the years people now think of bisque as a cream based soup rather than one made from seafood.

    Can I freeze tomato soup?

    YES!! Cool the soup completely and transfer to a freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat as desired.

    Dipping a grilled cheese into a bowl of hot soup.

    Serving Suggestions:

    There are so many options when it comes to tomato soup and what to serve it with or if you prefer it plain that is great too! Here are some stir-in options:

    • Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, goldfish crackers, oyster crackers, croutons, sour cream, pesto, or sundried tomatoes.

    As far as what to serve along with your tomato soup here are a few options:

    Top down view of a bowl of tomato soup garnished with basil, parmesan cheese, and swirl of cream, and a grilled cheese off to the side.

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    Top down view of a bowl of tomato soup garnished with basil, parmesan cheese, and swirl of cream, and a grilled cheese off to the side.
    Tomato Basil Soup
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    This Tomato Basil Soup is a classic soup that's easy to make from scratch. You can add cream and Parmesan cheese for an extra tasty twist! Instant Pot, slow cooker, and stovetop instructions included!

    Course: Soup
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: dairy free tomato basil soup, easy tomato basil soup, gluten-free tomato basil soup, instant pot tomato basil soup, slow cooker tomato basil soup
    Servings: 5 two cup servings (about)
    Calories: 104 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 3 tablespoons butter or oil of choice
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 large carrots, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 3-6 cloves garlic, minced
    • 4 cups (945 ml) vegetable broth
    • 1 (28 oz)(793 g) can tomatoes (use any kind you have)
    • 1 (14.5 oz) (411 g) can diced tomatoes (use any kind you have)
    • 1 (6 oz) (170 g) can tomato paste
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    Instructions
    STOVETOP:
    1. In a large pot, melt butter or oil over medium heat. Saute the onion, carrot, and celery just until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover, and reduce to a simmer for 25 minutes.

    2. Remove from heat and blend with a high powered blender or an immersion blender.

    INSTANT POT:
    1. Set the Instant Pot to saute function. Melt butter or oil in Instant Pot. Saute onion, carrot, and celery just until onion starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients, place lid on Instant Pot, and set it to the locking position. Set the valve to sealing. Cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes and do a 10 minute natural release before releasing the remaining pressure.

    2. Blend with a high powered blender or an immersion blender.

    SLOW COOKER:
    1. In a large skillet melt the butter or oil over medium heat. Saute the onion, carrot, and celery just until the onion starts to soften. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a 6 quart slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients, cover, and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 7-8 hours.

    2. Blend with a high powered blender or an immersion blender.

    Recipe Notes

    1. Using an immersion blender will not create a totally smooth soup. It’s what I used to make the soup you see in these pictures. If you prefer really smooth tomato soup use a high powered blender. 
    2. You can leave out the honey if you prefer. I like to use it to help cut the acidity of the tomatoes. 
    3. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 
    4. FREEZER FRIENDLY: Cool soup completely and transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat as desired. 
    5. NUTRITION INFO: Nutrition calculated with butter.

    SERVING SUGGESTIONS:

    • Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, goldfish crackers, oyster crackers, croutons, sour cream, pesto, or sundried tomatoes.

    As far as what to serve along with your tomato soup here are a few options:

    Nutrition Facts
    Tomato Basil Soup
    Amount Per Serving (2 cups)
    Calories 104 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 18mg6%
    Sodium 853mg37%
    Potassium 2296mg66%
    Carbohydrates 10g3%
    Sugar 6g7%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 5496IU110%
    Vitamin C 4mg5%
    Calcium 235mg24%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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