Tomato basil soup is a family favorite. Not surprising, because not only is this soup rich and creamy, it’s also quick and easy. Why sip soup from a can when it only takes 20 minutes to whip up a fresh–and infinitely tastier–homemade batch? This Tomato Basil Soup is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day, and it pairs great with a hot grilled cheese sandwich. Because it’s fast and tasty, this is a great go-to recipe for anytime you’re running late or just don’t feel like slaving over a complicated dinner.
Tomato Basil Soup
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 20 minutes
Note: Tomato basil soup is one of those dishes that people tend to be really particular about. We find this recipe to be just right, but you may want to experiment a bit if it doesn’t exactly suit your taste. For example, a few more tablespoons of sugar further offsets the acidity of the tomatoes, and less butter can be used if the original recipe is too rich for your tastes. You can also experiment a bit with the amount of basil and pepper.
2 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
1 16-ounce can of low-sodium chicken broth
18 fresh basil leaves, minced, or 2 tablespoons dried basil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup heavy cream; half and half or 2% milk can be substituted
6 tablespoons of butter
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a large soup pan, bring tomatoes and chicken broth to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer soup for 10 minutes.
Now that your soup has simmered, add fresh basil and sugar. Keep heat on low, and stir in cream and butter. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until butter is melted. Add sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
And that’s it folks! Your soup is now ready to be served. Ladle up large portions, and enjoy while you wait for this amazing tomato basil soup to warm you from within. If you like, a bit of fresh basil sprinkled on top adds to the soup’s presentation value. And, for the ravest of reviews, don’t forget the ooey, gooey grilled cheese sandwich on the side. Repeat a few times a month, and your kitchen will be the family’s new favorite place to eat!