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June 3, 2011

Tomato Basil Soup


I'll be honest. Until this recipe, I had never made my own {semi} homemade tomato soup. Just seeing the finished product made me feel proud. I had done more than just open a Campbell's can. I had accomplished a first. I've noticed that's a trend for me with cooking now-a-days.... I am accomplishing a lot of firsts in the kitchen, this being my first homemade tomato soup. I just wish it had been met with more praise and enthusiasm from my man. He wasn't too fond of this soup. (I think he's crazy). But hey, everyone's entitled to their own opinions!

I think it was too tomato-y for him. Don't you love my vast vocabulary? We are used to the canned tomato soup, where you add equal parts milk and dump it all in a pot and just heat it up and stir. I'm sure that milk makes the soup more creamy but also takes away from the tomato flavor. Or maybe it was the basil he didn't enjoy. I'm not sure, but I liked it! I don't mind a tomato-y tasting soup, nor do I mind basil! I don't think he necessarily didn't like it, but it wasn't his favorite. He still would prefer the canned kind to this kind. So I am still on a quest for tomato soup recipes that PJ will also enjoy. 

But don't listen to him, listen to me! I like it, I said! So make it :)

I borrowed this recipe from my dear friend, Kristin. Love that girl, and her food too!

Tomato Basil Soup
ever so slightly adapted from Delightfully Dowling 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans crushed Hunts tomatoes (56 oz total)
  • 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 18 fresh basil leaves, minced + some for garnish
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • salt and pepper
In a large pot, saute garlic in olive oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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It's been awhile... but I'm back to participate in Souper Sundays over at Kahakai Kitchen!


We served this soup with some grilled cheeses, duh! What else goes with tomato soup?

No really... what else does? The only thing I ever eat tomato soup with is grilled cheese. lol. Any ideas? 

Peace, and bacon grease!



Lyuba @ Will Cook For Smiles said...

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Angie's Recipes said...

The soup looks so delicious!

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Deb in Hawaii said...

Homemade tomato soup is always such a delight and lives the canned stuff in the dust. Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays--it is always great to have you join in. ;-)

Desi said...

@ Faith - Oooh I'm looking forward to your post!

@ Deb - Technically I guess I did use canned tomatoes, next time I will try a recipe that uses fresh tomatoes. Thanks for hosting!

Katie said...

Desi, this soup sounds delicious...and congrats on all of your cooking first's :)