Thursday, February 25, 2010

Recipe: Tomatoe Basil Soup

My daughter and I had some Tomatoe Basil Soup at a coffee shop last week and it was so good I had to try to make this at home.  She's always loved Tomatoe Soup and used to call it "plain soup" when she was little.  If I could make this at home then it would be a good soup for her to take for school lunch.

I found a recipe for "Rich and Creamy Tomatoe Basil Soup" from  The only ingredient I couldn't find was fresh basil leaves so I substituted with dried basil leaves.  I also made a double batch so I could freeze some for future use.

Instead of peeling the tomatoes with a knife I blanched them in rapidly boiling water for about 25 seconds until you see the skins "crack".  Then you can just pull the peels off with your fingers.  See example picture of the tomatoes with the skins "cracked" below.

Not only did my daughter love this but my husband and 3 year old son did too - score!  Isn't it great when you make something that everyone can agree on, and it's good for them?  We had this as a side dish with hamburgers last night.  It is very creamy and the basil is not overpowering but compliments the tomatoes well.


4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced (I blanched the tomatoes to peel them easier)
4 cups tomato juice
14 leaves fresh basil (I used ALOT of dried basil with the tomatoes & at the end with the butter)
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
salt and pepper to taste (I forgot this step)

Place tomatoes and juice (and dried basil, about 3 tsp) in a stock pot over medium heat. Simmer for 30 minutes. Puree the tomato mixture along with the basil leaves, and return the puree to the stock pot.

Place the pot over medium heat, and stir in the heavy cream and butter (and dried basil, about 4 tsp). Season with salt and pepper. Heat, stirring until the butter is melted. Do not boil.

For a printable copy of this recipe go here.

Happily submitted to Ultimate Recipe Swap - Lunchtime Edition over at Life As Mom.

Enjoy!  Sarah
It's another cold day today so we'll be staying indoors doing lots of this....
From the book "The Macmillan Science Life Series 1"
Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
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  1. This sounds like a wonderful tomato soup! And you gotta love the whole familys thumbs up! Thanks for passing it on.

  2. I love soup and I love making it. This one sounds wonderful. Thanks for stopping by, cause that gave me a chance to find you! I'm following.
    I will be posting more pictures out of my old story book tomorrow, so come back.

  3. Sounds delicious and so easy! Gotta try it. Thanks for sharing.

  4. That looks delicious. I can't wait to have fresh basil again in the garden. This will give me another thing to make besides pesto :) Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such kind comments. I really appreciate it.

  5. I have tons of fresh basil growing, and now I have a recipe to use it!
    Visiting from LBS.
    ~Emily @RandomRecycling


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