Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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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!

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

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 3

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: 6-8 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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107 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. amy

    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?

    1. Krista

      Yes. Just add more roma tomatoes and then cook them for a while on the stove as well to really get that deep tomato taste.

  5. Allison R

    I made this and it was sooooooooo good!!!! Easy, cheap, delicious. Tastes just as good as the one I had in a great Italian restaurant that got me to look the recipe up in the first place. So glad I wasn’t disappointed! Definitely adding it to the recipe book ^~

  6. Anders Svensson

    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.

  7. Emma

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

  8. 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. Krista

      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! 🙂

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. Krista

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

      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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

    1. Krista

      OH.. nice I usually double the chili flakes too.. just had to keep it “mild” for the blog. 🙂 woohoo!! So glad you liked it Jenna!

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