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Easy and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup (30 Minutes, Vegetarian)

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When I told a friend recently that we were planning on making a tomato basil soup for our next recipe, she totally disagreed with it as an idea and claimed soup is only good for the winter.

This got me thinking on the subject, and I came to several conclusions.

Although I will agree that a tasty, hot soup is something special in the middle of a deep, cold winter – looking out at snow as you chow down for example – it’s also very much made for the summer.

Firstly, it’s an easy, light dish – so if you want something that fills you up without bloating then it’s perfect.

And as it’s quick to make it means you can spend more time enjoying yourself out of the kitchen and in the sun instead!

Secondly, if you’ve ever tried growing tomatoes or basil then you’ll know that summer is their ideal time!

The tomatoes are a deep, appealing red, bursting with flavour, and the basil leaves are thick and bushy, begging to be added to the pot.

The two even grow best when planted next to each other… so I think that says enough for the dish!

We found that you can alter this recipe in a variety of ways without compromising taste. First of all, a mix of tinned tomatoes with a few fresh tomatoes really saves time.

There’s less chopping to be done but you still get the flavour from the fresh tomatoes thrown in as well. You can even just use tinned tomatoes for really quick results.

Thirdly, Kat decided to try adding some Greek yogurt to make it more creamy – and this worked really well.

It makes it a little thicker and smoother (and also ups the protein content, something I’m very happy about).

To keep it vegan you could use almond milk instead, and swap the drop of honey for agave syrup.

If you have the time you can also make it purely with fresh tomatoes – this is great and a very useful way to use up a load of tomatoes if you have an abundance for any reason.

Also, from our own experience, when buying tomatoes look for a nice deep red colour with the tomatoes still attached to the vine for the freshest (and bestest) flavour!

And finally – a hand blender is an absolute beast in the prepping of soups. If you don’t have one yet, then you’ll find this one here will save you sooooo much time!

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Health Benefits – Easy and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Basil is a firm favourite in this house – and not just for it’s great taste. The more you can chuck into a dish, the better.

It’s an anti inflammatory, has great antibacterial effects and contains magnesium which relaxes the muscles and blood vessels, allowing blood flow to improve (1).

Tomatoes are also an extreme carer of the heart. The high count of antioxidant nutrients make sure oxygen is efficiently carried throughout the body, as well as cutting down on clots and blockages.

They’re also great for bone strength and growth, and even have proven anti cancer benefits (2)!

If you’re plumping for the yogurt version then the added protein really brings it’s own qualities.

If you’ve been working out then the protein is essential for repairing and building muscle, as well as making sure muscle mass doesn’t drop, and helps to keep your immune system nice and strong. What’s not to like (3)?

Enjoy!

We want your opinion!

  • Is soup only good in winter?
  • What’s your favourite soup?
  • Do you grow any veggies or herbs?
  • If so, have you found any super effective growing combos?
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Easy and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
4.67 from 9 votes
Easy and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. A simple, healthy and delicious recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes or less, perfect for a cool winter or hot summer.
Cuisine:Vegetarian
Diet: egg-free
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Servings:4 servings
Calories:274kcal

Ingredients

Optional

  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (or hard cheese of choice)
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce (or spicy sauce of choice)
  • 4 slices wholegrain bread

Instructions

  • Dice the onion and cook it on a medium heat in a big saucepan in olive oil for 5 minutes. Crush the garlic and add it to the onions and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Then add the diced tomatoes  and the broth and let it simmer.
  • After 20 minutes wash and cut the basil and add it to the soup.
  • Add the tomato paste, honey and Greek yogurt and blend it smoothly using a  (Blending the soup is not crucial, but makes it look nicer).
  • Add salt to taste and some optional grated hard cheese and extra basil leaves as garnish.
  • If you like yours with an extra punch then add some spicy sauce of your choice!
  • Optional: Serve with a slice of wholemeal toast.
  • Bon Appetite!!
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NOTES

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: and are in the mood for soup then this African Peanut Soup is hard to beat. See what you think. Jenny’s Red Lentil Soup is also a protein beast – and even has a great video from Howie to accompany it 🙂
 
Notes: the nutritional information includes all optional extras.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Easy and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
Amount per Serving
Calories
274
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.003
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
29
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
1105
mg
48
%
Potassium
 
621
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
Vitamin A
 
1281
IU
26
%
Vitamin C
 
24
mg
29
%
Calcium
 
358
mg
36
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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50 comments
  1. This soup is delicious – hot or cold (for summer). I will be making it often. I added about 15 San Marzano tomatoes because I like their flavour.

    1. So happy it turned out well, Karen! Ooh nice, I don’t think I’ve tried San Marzano before but I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

  2. This sounds awesome and as I’m on a weight-loss journey I’m making batches of soup on a Sunday and taking them to work for lunch in the week so I’m always looking for different soups to make, this is definitely on my list to make. Cant wait til I try it.
    Thank-you for the recipe xx

    1. You’re very welcome. Enjoy, Julie, and good luck on the weight loss journey!