Tomato Basil Soup

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Tomato Basil Soup


 Easy to make, Homemade Tomato Basil Soup. Good year ’round, but it really hits the spot with a nice grilled cheese or a baguette bread on a cold fall or winter’s day!  We had just this occasion this past Monday! It has been unseasonably cold for November, even for Nebraska!  Last Monday afternoon, I prepared (most) of this soup, and then finished it when we got home from After School Art Club.  Both of my kids are in it, and I help the art teacher every Monday afternoon.  Monday is usually a night I make one of my favorite Crock Pot Recipes! That way when we get home, we are ready for dinner.  This week however, I wasn’t prepared with the ingredients for one, and I was hungry for soup.  It was sub zero outside, and tomato soup and grilled cheese just sounded wonderful.  My hubby isn’t a fan of the canned kind, though, so I end up making him something else to go with his grilled cheese.

Recently, my youngest daughter and I at a place in Omaha, called Green Belly.  They are pretty much, soup, sandwiches/wraps and salads.  Delicious! She had their Tomato Basil Soup and couldn’t stop talking about it.  I decided to give it a go on Monday.  I found a recipe on line and adapted it to suit my needs.  It was so EASY, and I had everything on hand!

The recipe I found is supposed to be similar, and a copy cat recipe of Applebee’s soup. I have never had that before, so I can’t confirm that, but I can tell you it was wonderful.  Not to mention, low in calories. (bonus!)


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Tomato Basil Soup

Easy to make, Homemade Tomato Basil Soup. Good year round, but it really hits the spot with a nice grilled cheese or a baguette bread on a cold fall or winter's day!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tomato Basil Soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 310kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 - 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • 48 ounces of chicken broth could use vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups Half & Half
  • 2/3 cup basil leaves
  • 1/3-2/3 cups sugar start with a little and taste it, if you like it sweeter add more, if not leave it!
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste


  • In a stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat add your olive oil, add onions and garlic and saute until onions become translucent. This will only take a couple of minutes. Add your canned tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let mixture sit for about an hour.
  • Add your basil, parsley and oregano. Using a stick blender (emulsion blender) blend together. Stir in Half & Half. Add sugar and salt and pepper, to taste, warm and serve.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 1336mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 46g


Great Grilled Cheese Recipe:

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