Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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.

Side-by-side comparison of two versions of tomato soup with grilled cheese

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} 🙂 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. 🙂

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. 🙂 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!

How to Make the Best Tomato Soup

To get started, Preheat oven to 350°. 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. Roast tomatoes for 40 minutes.

Top view of a bowl of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with grilled cheese on a plate

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. Sauté onions until translucent {about 5-7 minutes}.

Fresh basil leaves

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.

Top view of a pot of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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. 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.)

A bowl of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup on a plate with grilled cheese

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 1 hour
  • total_time Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins
  • yield Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • category Category: Soup
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


This Creamy Tomato Basil Soup is the perfect soup recipe to go along with any meal. There’s no better soup to dip your bread or grilled cheese into!



  • 1012 Roma Tomatoes, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup of sun-dried tomatoes, diced
  • 4 cups of low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups of fresh basil
  • ¼ cup of cream cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  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. Sauté 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.)


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 137
  • Sugar: 6 g
  • Sodium: 183 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 7 mg

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113 Responses
  1. Vicci

    Such a great recipe! My daughter and I are super picky tomato basil soup eaters and have been searching for the best recipe. This is it!! We will be making this for years to come. Thank you!

  2. Rose Martine

    You are so talented and patient!! I’m sharing some of your treats tomorrow on my blog. Thanks so much for linking up to my Red, White, Blue & You Link Party! I always love everything you make!

  3. Holly

    Super good and easy recipe!! I only made a couple adjustments to the original recipe. I added a sprinkle of salt, along with the red pepper flakes, to the onions while cooking. I also added about a tsp of butter at the very end, just to make it glisten and give a tiny bit of richness. Our family loves this recipe!

  4. Tina

    I have made this Creamy tomato basil soup recipe at least a half dozen times and it is nothing short of delicious. My husband asks for it weekly because he loves it so much. So much so that he roasts the tomatoes for it. It is much easier to make then it seems. A great go to recipe, you will love without all the fat!

  5. christine

    Delicious! Will make again. A bonus is that I never made roasted tomatoes, but I sure will now..yum! No need to peel the tomatoes..the skin cooks up and blends.

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