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!

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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.

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} 🙂 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.

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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. Sauté 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. 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 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. 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?

    1. Krista

      It would still be great with dried basil. I would just adjust the quantities because dry basil is much stronger than fresh, so use less dry. 🙂

  2. 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. 🙂 Also, I read your “about me” section and think it’s commendable how boldly you love Jesus.

    1. Krista

      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. 🙂

  3. 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..

  4. mollie

    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. Krista

      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. 🙂 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?

  5. 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. Krista

      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. 🙂

  6. 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. Krista

      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!! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipes as much as we do!

  7. 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. Krista

      Thanks Susan! 🙂 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. Krista

          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. 🙂

  8. Adelina Priddis

    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

    1. Krista

      Thanks so much Adelina, you have been so sweet and encouraging. It definitely is fun and encouraging to look back to see how far we’ve come. 🙂

  9. Jen @ YummyHealthyEasy

    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. Krista

      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!!! 🙂

  10. Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers

    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. Krista

      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. 🙂 Thanks for the pin!

  11. Ashlyn @ Belle of the Kitchen

    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! 🙂

    1. Krista

      Hold the phone you live in Hawaii!?!? Jealous! What island?

      Can’t wait to see how this soup compares to the one at Aloha Salads, hope you like it. 🙂

    1. Krista

      I know right!?! Totally the best combo. 🙂 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. 🙂

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