Creamy tomato basil soup


This is one of our favorite soups and up until today, we always ate it from a can. Makes me say ick now, since I made some from scratch which was so simple. I apologize in advance for not having a picture we were very hungry!

Creamy tomato basil soup

adapted from La Madeleine’s Tomato basil soup

2 cups crushed tomatoes (I had these leftover from the Italian enchiladas)

2 cups chicken broth

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup of heavy cream

salt and pepper to taste

dried basil, about 2 teaspoons or 7-8 fresh basil leaves (I used dried since I was out of fresh)

Mix crushed tomatoes, dried basil and broth in a heavy-bottomed sauce pot. Let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Add in butter and cream, stirring until well blended. Simmer a few more minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!

See how simple? Why are we using canned soup when homemade can be so easy and probably a lot more healthier? Have you read the list of ingredients from a can of condensed tomato soup? I have and the rule of thumb is if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it more than likely not good for you. Ok, so I admit we do/did eat canned soups. I get lazy and want an easy meal like the rest of us. Guess what? In the time this soup took to cook, I also made 4 grilled cheese sandwiches and we had an easy and simple meal. Tasty too. It can be done.

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8 thoughts on “Creamy tomato basil soup

  1. Visiting from SITS and glad I did! YUM. I’ll be back. Thanks for inspiring me to make it myself – too often I turn to a can and don’t like the results. I love Italian and I love your little write up about Sunday dinner being part of your personal history. My family background isn’t Italian, but we did have a pretty serious Sunday dinner going on, so I can relate. See you again :)

  2. I never realized how much I love tomato basil soup until a chef friend I cooked with at a local restaurant whipped it up for a lunch special. It goes great with grilled cheese sandwiches! :)

    Thanks for passing along the Jamie Oliver link. I did see something about this petition on TV a day or two ago. I’m on board, for sure. The food currently fed children in our schools is easy and convenient, perhaps, but contributing to childhood obesity and lifelong bad dietary habits.

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