So savory, rich and comforting… this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup is comfort food at its finest!
I love a good hot bowl of soup any time of the year, but there’s something about this tomato soup that I especially crave when I’m feeling under the weather. It just warms my soul!
Have I mentioned how awesome it smells while simmering?!
Not only is this soup incredibly delicious, it’s so EASY to prepare. Top it off with Parmesan cheese and croutons for added flavor and texture (so good!). Restaurant-style tomato soup has never been easier!
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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion chopped
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 1 28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes in juices
- 4 cups chicken stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
- 1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
- ½ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
- 1 cup whole milk
- ¼ cup loosely packed finely chopped fresh basil
- Grated Parmesan cheese and/or croutons optional toppings
- Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or large soup pot over medium heat. Add chopped onions and cook until soft and just beginning to brown (about 8 minutes), stirring frequently.
- Add minced garlic, stirring until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add tomatoes, juice, chicken stock, sugar, bread crumbs and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat. Using an immersion blender, carefully puree tomato mixture. If you don’t have an immersion blender, place in a regular blender in small batches (exercise caution while blending hot liquids – blend small amounts at a time and hold down the top of blender pitcher while blending because there is a risk of the top blowing off and hot liquids to blow out!) and return to pot and stir well.
- Return to oven burner over medium heat. Add milk and basil. Stir to combine. Simmer (covered) for an additional 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Top with Parmesan cheese and/or croutons when serving (optional).
- This recipe yields approximately 7 ½ cups.
If provided, nutritional info is a courtesy, is not guaranteed and should only be considered as a guideline.
Originally published April 8, 2014 and updated October 15, 2018.