Tomato Basil Soup


You’re going to love this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. It’s easy to make, serves a crowd, and is loaded with rich, silky flavor. Plus, you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes! This recipe also pairs perfectly with my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Tomato Basil Soup in bowls with grilled cheese.

My Favorite Tomato Basil Soup:

I don’t know about you, but as the weather gets cooler I start craving comfort food recipes. One of my favorites is this creamy tomato basil soup. I will admit that I’m generally not a big soup fan, however, there are a few I love and this is one of them. 

I’ve been eating this tomato basil soup since I was a kid and couldn’t be more excited to share it with you today. 

tomato basil soup in a bowl.

I suppose that tomato soup might seem like an odd choice for fall, but this is the time of year when I’m craving soup. On cooler days I want something that will warm me from the inside out. This recipe does just that. 

It’s also worth mentioning that this recipe serves a crowd. In fact, the original recipe was double this amount; I cut it in half. This recipe is easy to adjust. You can divide it in half again if needed. 

Tomato Basil Soup in bowls with grilled cheese.

Why I Love This Soup:

This is one of my favorites for several reasons…

  • First and foremost, it’s the flavor. This soup is loaded with tomato flavor that is enhanced by fresh basil. It’s wonderfully creamy and rich too. 
  • Secondly, it’s quick and easy to make. Other than the basil, there is zero chopping required as you are simply adding things to a pot. You can have this soup ready in under 30 minutes. 
  • Finally, it’s an excuse to make grilled cheese sandwiches!! Talk about comfort food. My favorite grilled cheese is this ultimate grilled cheese sandwich (get the recipe HERE), but you can use any recipe that you like best. 
dipping Ultimate Grilled Cheese into tomato basil soup.

Before we get into the details of this soup recipe, I also wanted to mention that today I’m back with my Tastes of the Season blogger friends. We are all sharing our favorite soups and stews. If you’re looking for more cold-weather soups to try, be sure to check out all the yummy recipes I’ve linked at the end of this post. I’m certain you’ll find a couple of new recipes to enjoy. 

With all of that out of the way, I think it’s time to make some creamy tomato basil soup!  Let’s get to it. 

tomato basil soup in a bowl.

Ingredients: 

I love this tomato basil soup recipe because the ingredient list is pretty minimal, while still resulting in a really flavorful soup. Let me walk you through the list. 

  • tomato juice – You’ll want tomato juice that’s made with only tomatoes, not something like V8 which is made with additional vegetables. 
  • crushed tomatoes – I find the San Marzano crushed tomatoes to have the best flavor. They are readily available in several brands. 
  • heavy cream – This will add body and creaminess to the soup. If you want to save on calories, you can use light cream. Just know that the soup just won’t be as silky and rich. 
  • chopped basil – Fresh basil is a must. It adds a wonderful fresh flavor to this soup. Also, it enhances the tomatoes.
  • sugar – When I’m making this soup, I add about 1 cup of sugar. (I like my tomato-based dishes on the sweeter side.) I recommend starting with 1/2 cup sugar and adding more as needed. You may even be able to get away with less if you prefer your soup a bit more acidic. 
  • salt and pepper – These are a must for flavor. Adjust to your liking. You can even add a dash of red pepper flakes if you want a touch of heat. 
  • croutons – I think the best way to serve tomato soup is with a grilled cheese sandwich. You can find my Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe HERE. If you just want the soup, I recommend garnishing it with some homemade croutons. You can find my easy homemade crouton recipe HERE

And that’s it! Let’s get into the recipe! 

tomato basil soup in bowls with grilled cheese.

Recipe Instructions: 

I’ll walk you through the steps here. I’ve also provided a detailed ingredient list and instructions in the printable recipe card below. 

  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, add the tomato juice, crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
tomato basil soup in a pot.
  1. Add in the chopped basil and heavy cream. Stir to combine. 
  2. Add more salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Cook for about five more minutes to heat through. 
  4. Serve hot and garnish with homemade croutons. 

The soup is on! 

tomato basil soup with grilled cheese.

Your creamy tomato basil soup is ready to be served and enjoyed!

How to Serve:

I know that I mentioned this above, but I wanted to share my two favorite ways of serving this tomato basil soup.

1. Alongside my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich! Even though both of these are standout recipes on their own, they go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re a combination you’re going to be craving again and again. Get my ultimate grilled cheese recipe HERE.

dipping Ultimate Grilled Cheese into tomato basil soup.

2. Topped with homemade croutons. If you’re not super hungry or not in the mood for grilled cheese, I totally understand. If that’s the case, I recommend topping your soup with some homemade croutons. I recently shared my go-to crouton recipe HERE. They are also a wonderful complement to this soup recipe. 

Any extra soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or frozen in a freezer-friendly container. 

tomato basil soup in a bowl.

Enjoy! 

And that’s a wrap on this creamy tomato basil soup recipe. I hope you’ll give it a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Happy cooking! 

Tastes of the Season Soups and Stews:

Want more? You got it! Check out these delicious fall-inspired recipes from my blogger friends below. Curious about some of our other recipe collaborations?

Seasons of Home Soups and Stews

Minestrone Soup by Ella Claire & Co. | White Chicken Chili by Freutcake | Split Pea & Pumpkin Soup by French Country Cottage

Seasons of Home Soups and Stews

Turkey Chili with Pumpkin Cornbread by Zevy Joy | Tomato Basil Soup by Inspired by Charm | Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup by Handmade Farmhouse

Want more? You can find all of my Tastes of the Season recipes HERE

Tomato Basil Soup in bowls with grilled cheese.

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Tomato Basil Soup

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Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, soup, tomato soup
Servings: 24
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
You’re going to love this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. It’s easy to make, serves a crowd, and is loaded with rich, silky flavor. Plus, you can have it on the table in under 30 minutes! This recipe also pairs perfectly with my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts 96 ounces total tomato juice
  • 3 cans - 28 ounces each crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sugar*
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 quart heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil
  • homemade croutons to garnish

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot over medium heat, add the tomato juice, crushed tomatoes, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Add in the chopped basil and heavy cream. Stir to combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about five more minutes to heat through.
  • Serve hot and garnish with homemade croutons.

Notes

*When I’m making this soup, I add about 1 cup of sugar. I like my tomato-based dishes on the sweeter side. I recommend starting with 1/2 cup sugar and adding more as needed. 
 
I find the San Marzano crushed tomatoes to be the best. I recommend using them in this recipe. 
 
You can find my recipe for homemade croutons HERE
 
You can find my recipe for ultimate grilled cheese HERE

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 4gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 366mgPotassium: 407mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1151IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 2mg
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  • donna at

    YUM!! Didn’t have many groceries in the house for dinner but luckily I saw this recipe yesterday and realized I had everything I needed. (except the heavy cream. I used extra creamy oat milk and it worked well.) Really good recipe and so simple. Surprised with how delicious the soup is for something so easy.I will not be buying pre-made soup again! Thanks, Michael!!

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