Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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A healthy homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Soup perfect for dunking those crunchy grill cheese in!

Ok, so I know today is Valentines Day and all, so I feel like I need to say HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!!

Whew… okay that is out of the way. πŸ™‚

What I really want to tell you is that today is my 1 YEAR BLOG ANNIVERSARY!! Well, actually tomorrow is and I will be doing a fun Flash Giveaway to Celebrate on Facebook so if you aren’t following me yet you need to! But I wanted to write a post about it today!

I started blogging because a lot my friends and family were asking for recipes. I had also recently quit my job to become a full-time mommy and needed something to do with my time. Enter… Joyful Healthy Eats. πŸ™‚

I didn’t realize how much I would truly love it. I mean really love it!

I am a learner by nature so trying to figure out CSS coding, how to build a website, what in the world SEO is, and how to take a mouth watering photo has been a process. But a process I have loved none the less! For example, Creamy Tomato Basil Soup was the very first post I EVER posted here at Joyful Healthy Eats. Here is a side by side of my 1st picture and a picture 1 year later.

Tomato Comparison

Crazy, huh?

I think the thing I love most about this journey is what I have learned about myself. This kinda goes back to my “what do you dream about” post from Monday. {oh.. ps there is also a yummy Cinnamon Toasted Almond recipe in there.. just had to throw that out there :)}

I have learned that I am a very hard worker, I will not quit until I understand something, I CAN be successful at the things I WANT, and I love food. {ok, I might have already known that last one} πŸ™‚ I have also learned some hard things, I really tend to compare myself to others and base my success compared to how others are doing. And, I need to get better at time management so that when my husband is home I am not glued to the computer screen trying to get that next post out.

Ok, enough of the mushy sentimental stuff. Happy Anniversary to me and here is some Creamy Tomato Basil Soup for you. haha… love that transition… so smooth and eloquent. πŸ™‚

What I love about this recipe is it reminds me of my very favorite Tomato Basil Soup from La Madeline Restaurant, a french cafe restaurant in our area. πŸ™‚ The recipe from La Madeline calls for butter, heavy cream, and bacon for some awesome flavors.

But ya know what, you don’t need all that fatty stuff to get a tasty Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. All you need are tomatoes, basil, and a little cream cheese for the creaminess factor and viola restaurant quality Tomato Basil Soup. This is totally one of my all time favorite soup recipes and perfect for those cold winter nights, even better with a crunchy grilled cheese sandwich to dunk in the soup. YUM! Hope you enjoy!

To get started, Preheat oven to 350Β°. Halve and remove seeds of 10-12 roma tomatoes. Spread tomatoes out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt.Β Roast tomatoes for 40 minutes.

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In a 6-quart stockpot over medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 large onion chopped, and 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper.Β SautΓ© onions until translucent {about 5-7 minutes}.

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Add 2 cloves of garlic minced, stir for 30 seconds and add one 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth, and 1/4 cup of diced sun-dried tomatoes.Bring to a boil, then add roasted tomatoes and let simmer for 10 minutes.

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Add 1 1/2 cups of fresh basil and 1/4 cup of cream cheese to pot and stir until the cream cheese is completely melted.Β Blend soup until smooth. (I used my immersion blender but you could also take the soup out in portions and put it in a blender.)

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • Yield: 6-8
  • Category: Soup

Description

A healthy homemade Creamy Tomato Basil Soup perfect for dunking those crunchy grill cheese in!


Ingredients

  • 10-12 Roma Tomatoes, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Β½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • ΒΌ cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 Β½ cups of fresh basil
  • ΒΌ cup of cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°.
  2. Sprinkle tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt.
  3. Roast tomatoes for 40 minutes.
  4. In a 6-quart stockpot over medium high heat, add coconut oil, onions and crushed red pepper.
  5. SautΓ© onions until translucent {about 5-7 minutes}.
  6. Add garlic, stir for 30 seconds and add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, and sun-dried tomatoes.
  7. Bring to a boil, then add roasted tomatoes and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Add basil and cream cheese to pot and stir until the cream cheese is completely melted.
  9. Blend soup until smooth. (I used my immersion blender but you could also take the soup out in portions and put it in a blender.)

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 161
  • Sugar: 10
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 18
  • Protein: 6


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    1. haha… me too Melanie theres just something about tomato soup that screams.. comfort. Totally loving that you have a pinterest board dedicated just to that, you are more “hard core” than me. πŸ™‚

      1. Tony

        This looks like a great soup! If I could make a suggestion, cooking the crushed red pepper with the onion will vaporize the pepper and burn your lungs/eyes. Plus it is easier to taste for the right amount of you add it to the soup later.

  1. Gale

    Happy 1 year anniversary and Happy Valentines Day. Looking to making this recipe. I made spaghetti squash last week. I tossed butter, garlic and veggies. Uncle Tom loved it. He told me to make it again. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Awww.. thanks Aunt Gale its crazy to think that it has already been a year!

      The spaghetti squash with butter, garlic, and veggies sounds awesome, glad Uncle Tom liked it. πŸ™‚ Hope you guys are staying warm up there and your enjoying “retired” life. πŸ™‚ Love you!

  2. Girl, your photos even looked good when you first started! Ha, mine were horrible. πŸ™‚ Of course, I LOVE all of your photos now. They are great. And this soup looks wonderful. Just want to dive right in and eat a bowl of it. Pinned. Happy anniversary to you! So glad to have met you through blogging, Krista. πŸ™‚

    1. haha.. oh.. you just wait. I went through my recipe index and there are definitely some horrid ones that I will be retaking just because I can’t stand looking at the old photo. But I appreciate you saying that, you are always so sweet. πŸ™‚

      Julie, you have been incredible through this blogging journey. You were the first one who reached out to me and helped me find a “bloggy community” and for that I will be forever grateful. You advice and wisdom have been invaluable! So glad that I met you and can’t wait to finally meet you face to face! (not in a creepy way of course.. hehe) πŸ™‚

  3. Congrats, Krista on a year of blogging. I know I’m not the only one surprised that you’re such a newbie because your site looks fantastic! I’d have never guessed. I recently resigned from my job to be at home with my kids too. It’s fun, but squeezing in blogging time has been really difficult. Any tips?

    1. Thanks so much Jelli, glad I look older than I am.. bloggy speaking. πŸ™‚ hehe

      Tips are, its hard. I usually take my photos right before I’m putting dinner out on the table so it gets a little crazy. I try to get all my photos edited and the recipe written over the weekends when the hubbie is home so that during the week all I need to do is write the actually post part. That has really helped and saved time. Plus, I have like 10 drafts just sitting waiting to be published which is really nice. πŸ™‚ Other than that, just find out what you can handle and stick with that. I found that I could handle 3 recipes a week, M W F and thats what I’ve done instead of trying to do one everyday bc I would much rather spend time playing with my little guy than writing a post.
      Hope that helps, otherwise, I’m just an email away. πŸ™‚ Hugs!

  4. Krista, tomato soup is my all time favorite and your version looks amazing. I am also a learner by nature and the world of blogging has encouraged me to learn so many new things. Congrats on one year, can’t wait to see what you have in store for year 2!

    1. I know right! There is always something new to learn when it comes to blogging. Sometimes it can be so frustrating and overwhelming but once you figure it out its so rewarding. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by Amy and the sweet comment.

  5. First of all this soup is just making me drool!! Just what I need on this snow storm day. I love the progression in photos too that you shared πŸ™‚

    Congratulations on your blog anniversary!! You have accomplished so much in one short year and that only speaks to how talented and amazing you are. I’m so HAPPY I found your blog and now getting to know you as a friend!!! Always love your recipes and your pictures…well always drool worthy!!

    PS: When you find that time management balance, please share your tips with us. That’s my biggest battle right now.

    PPS: You will be happy to know your paleo braised beef was requested by the Mr for our special dinner tonight! So I am making it AGAIN!

    1. Glad its making you drool, thats the goal. Well, maybe not the drool part, cuz thats just gross but the hungry part. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much on the congratulations, I have loved getting to know you Zainab. You already make me smile with your fun witty comments and your recipes are always killer.

      P.S. still working on the time management thing, but I actually make myself a schedule {almost like a work schedule} and that has definitely helped me stay more focused! πŸ™‚

      PSS. Love that your hubbie requested it and you are making it AGAIN!!! Awesomeness!

  6. Happy Anniversary Friend! So glad to have gotten to know you this year! Your photos are fantastic… I think you are doing great in all aspects of blogging. I tend to compare too but have gotten better at just trying to do my own thing and making my own niche. I’ve always wanted to make a tomato soup and this one sounds perfect. Pinning and sharing!

    1. Thanks so much Deb, it has been amazing getting to know you too. Especially over the past couple of days, you are incredible!!!

      Thank you for being so encouraging all the time, it means the world!

  7. 1) Congratulations on 1 year of blogging Krista! That’s fantastic!
    2) Isn’t it crazy how much we learn about food photography in such a short amount of time?! It’s such a fun and rewarding journey. I love looking back and my beginning photos because, well, it shows me how much I’ve improved. Bravo to you!
    3) I want this tomato-basil soup right now. It’s perfect on a cold, winter, snowy day like today!
    4) I usually use cream in my tomato-basil soup, but totally LOVE this idea of using cream cheese! SO creative!

    1. 1.) Thanks! Crazy its already been a year, but at the same time I feel like its been way longer with all the stuff I’ve learned!
      2.) Yes, totally agree. Gives you a sense of accomplishment when you can physically see the difference. What photography books really helped you grow your skills because your shots are amazing!
      3.) Wish I had more left over, but I scarfed it down. Otherwise, I like to share so I would send you some. πŸ™‚
      4.) You totally need to try the cream cheese thing, works like a charm. πŸ™‚

  8. My boys LOVE tomato soup. Especially made up like this one! I so wish I could have a bowl of this this morning. The color just looks so gorgeous! Sharing on FB today… and of course, pinning and printing out!
    So excited for the FB Flash Giveaway on Sat! So excited for you… happy anniversary in the bloggy world! xo

    1. Thanks Gloria, it is one of our favorites too. Nothing better than fresh homemade tomato soup! πŸ™‚ YUM… Thanks for sharing and the blogversary wishes, you are too sweet, friend! Excited for the giveaway too!

    1. You totally need to try it, you will be surprised at how easy it is and will never go back once you make it Lisa. πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for the sweet compliments Lisa, I so appreciate it. You always make me smile and leave my day a little brighter!

  9. Happy anniversary! I am so glad that I discovered your blog last year and can’t wait to see what you come up with next. It is always fun going back and looking at old pictures and it is amazing how much you have progressed over the past year. Creamy tomato basil soup is one of my favorites! Congratulations, Krista!

    1. Thanks so much Ashley, I have loved getting to know you this past year. Looking at your site has always encouraged me to press on and do better, especially photography wise. Thanks for the words of encouragement!

      Hope you get a chance to try the soup!

  10. Happy Anniversary Krista! I’m so glad that I found your blog and am getting to know you more now πŸ™‚ You always have such wonderful recipes and awesome photos! Looking forward to many more years πŸ™‚ Love this tomato basil soup – perfect for a chilly day like today πŸ™‚

  11. Krista, this soup looks absolutely fantastic! Definitely pinning! Wishing you such a happy anniversary and just tickled pink to have met you through blogging! Thanks for being such a wonderful friend and wishing you many more years of fun, happiness, success and amazing friendship! xo

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! It has been awesome getting to know you over the past year, I can still remember the first time I found your site and how much you have grown since. Such an honor to say we are friends. πŸ™‚

      Hope you get a chance to try the soup, it is comfort in a bowl!

    1. I know right!?! Totally the best combo. πŸ™‚ Thanks Mike so glad you like the recipe, that means alot coming from you! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipe. πŸ™‚

  12. Krista, this soup looks so good! There is a local place here in Hawaii called Aloha Salads that has a Tomato Basil soup that I love, and I have really been wanting to make it at home. I love all the ingredients in yours (and that you use coconut oil!) so I’m going to pin your recipe and give it a try soon. Your pictures are lovely, too by the way! πŸ™‚

  13. Visiting from Marvelous Mondays. Congratulations on 1 year!!

    Growing up in Texas, my family hardly ever ate soup and when we did, it was tortilla soup. Once I moved to Colorado, I was introduced to the magic of tomato soup with grilled cheese. I have been craving it a few times a month ever since. I typically buy it, but this looks so easy to make! Pinned!

    1. haha… that is so right. We live in Texas now and all you see everywhere is Chicken Tortilla Soup! I mean its good and all, but tomato soup with grilled cheese is a classic! Hope you get a chance to try this Stephanie, it will make your taste buds happy. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the pin!

  14. Happy Blogiversary, Krista!! I love this post! I feel the same about so many of the things you say in here. I love your blog and your pictures are fantastic! Super glad to call you my blogging buddy! This recipe looks like a winner, I’ll be making it for sure!

    1. Thanks Jen, that means alot coming from a veteran like you! It always fun to take a day and look back at where you’ve come in the “blogging world” or any world I guess.

      I am honored to say that I am friends with you too, I mean seriously, your Jen @ Yummy Healthy Easy!!! πŸ™‚

  15. Jotting this into my menu! Yummy. I think it’s fun to go back and look at where we started as bloggers, and where we’ve come. Your photos are stunning…and mouthwatering!
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  16. Susan

    This soup sounds yummy! I must try. Do you take the seeds out before putting the tomatoes in the oven OR do you roast the tomatoes first and then remove the seeds when it’s ready?

    1. Thanks Susan! πŸ™‚ I remove the seeds first and then roast time, but you could do it after you roast too. Just as long as they are out before they hit the soup! Hope you enjoy Susan!

        1. Uh oh… yeah in the ingredients list it says to remove the seeds. Its okay though, the recipe will still be great it just might have more “texture” to it than normal. πŸ™‚

  17. Sherri

    Hi Krista
    Just found your wonderful website! I recently open a Cafe in a YMCA and can’t wait to make some of your healthy items. In the tomato soup – do you chop the tomatoes or halve? Skin them before or after roasting or not at all?
    Thanks so much~

    1. I just half the tomatoes, remove the seeds, roast them and then put them in the soup. (I don’t remove the skin.. i don’t mind it.. but if you don’t like it by all means remove it)

      So glad you found me Sherri!! πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do!

  18. Carmen

    I just wanted to say thank you for this recipe. My oldest daughter is 8 and tried La Madelines tomato basil soup for the first time last year and realized she loved tomatos as long as they are not raw. Three out of five of us have Celiacs and I’ve been challenged by her to make this soup. Finding a recipe that was gluten free and not to horribly sweet has been hard. She wanted it to taste like La Madelines. I’m so happy I found this on Pinterest. I can’t wait to try it out on one of these cold winter days.

    1. oh… thanks so much Carmen! So glad you found it too, I hope you like it as much as we do. Its definitely one of our family favorites during the winter months, the ultimate comfort food. That and a grilled cheese. πŸ™‚

  19. mollie

    hello!
    just found your site! This tomato soup looks amazing, but I have to make sure it is gluten free, as I’m having guests over that have this restriction. It shows up on pinterest as being gluten free but just wanted to double check? Thank you!

    1. yup, everything that is used in the soup is either a vegetable or herb, the swansons broth if you get low sodium should be gluten free, and then the cream cheese is gluten free. πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy it, its definitely one of my favorites!

      1. mollie

        thanks so much for your response! The soup’s on the stovetop right now and smellin awesome!! Question… the cream cheese doesn’t seem to be melting down all the way? Still little pieces floating around; been simmering about 10 minutes? Will it all blend together once I use my immersion blender, do you think?

  20. Judy

    I will never again purchase a package Tomato soup. The recipe is complete in every aspect, taste, consistency and aroma. Way to go…Thanks for the recipe..

  21. Jada

    Hi! This is the first time I have stumbled upon this blog. Thanks for the recipe! Most of the ones I was looking at called for canned tomatoes but I wanted to try to make soup with fresh ones. And I’ve never heard of the addition of cream cheese but that sounds much better than whipping cream. πŸ™‚ Also, I read your “about me” section and think it’s commendable how boldly you love Jesus.

    1. Thanks so much Jada, such an encouraging note to read today! You are so sweet!

      I hope you enjoy this recipe girl, it rocks, especially with a crunchy grilled cheese. I’m a dunker so I NEED a grilled cheese with my tomato soup. πŸ™‚

  22. Jessi

    I would LOVE to make this tonight but don’t have access to that much fresh basil ( I live in a rural area). How do you think it would be with dried?

  23. Jenna

    I just made this tonight and followed the recipe exactly and it is delicious!!! Creamy with a delish tomato taste and a hint of heat as I doubled the crushed Chili flakes. Yummy!!

  24. Taylor

    Thank you so much for the recipe! I have made this many times, and everyone LOVES it. I’ll never make tomatoe soup any other way.

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  26. Kim

    When you add the roasted tomatoes to the soup, do you add the liquid that cooked out of the tomatoes as well. Also, do you know if this soup can be preserved in mason jars with a canner?

    1. I did not add the liquid from the roasted tomatoes, but you totally could, it just adds more flavor. πŸ™‚

      I am not sure about the canning portion though, because I don’t can. I would think so but the only part I’m not sure of it the cream cheese factor.

  27. Ellen

    Creamy Tomato Basil Soup was wonderful!! Made it yesterday and it’s even better today. Bet it would be good cold in the summer as well. Thanks for the recipe.

  28. Pat

    People say they pinned it and can’t wait to try it. I happened to have every ingredient. The soup was very easy to make. Delicious soup.

  29. Ta

    I just came across this recipe and your site. As has been mentioned here, this recipe stands out! I tried to read through the comments but you have a big fan base so I’m going to ask a question that may have already been answered. Have you tried freezing this? It is such a small amount of cream cheese which makes me feel that it can be. I’m looking forward to tasting this. I live close to the Pike Street Market in Seattle so I’m able to enjoy the best ingredients.

    1. Hey Ta! I haven’t tried freezing it yet. However, because it does have a small amount of dairy I think you’ll be fine.

      And so jealous I wish I lived near Pike Street Market! I’ve been there a couple times because my parents live out in Seattle and every time I go I have envy! That place is gorgeous! Hope you enjoy the soup! πŸ™‚

  30. Emma

    I LOVE to add a little handful of quinoa to my soup once I serve it! Adds a little extra texture and nutrition πŸ™‚ LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!!!!!!

  31. Very nice information about tomato soup recipe. I just made it last night and followed your given tips. The recipe exactly too delicious. Thanks you so much for sharing.

  32. I’m cooking low sodium which means no cans allowed. What could I do in place of the can of crushed tomatoes? Just roast more Roma’s or another kind of tomatoes?

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