The delicious Tomato Basil Soup is cooked low and slow and is worth the wait. It is fresh and vibrant, bursting with flavour and a great way to make use of homegrown tomatoes. Garlicky and herby, it’s also gluten free and a big bowl of comfort on a cold autumn day. You will never go back to canned soup after trying this vegan tomato soup – plus it’s healthier.
Tomato Basil Soup
Tomato soup is such a classic, and this version is garden fresh, super easy, with a burst of herbs and garlic too. Make up a big batch on a cold day and serve it with some warm fresh bread or even better, a cheese toastie. This is healthy comfort food at its finest.
This is my favourite soup ever. I have been eating it for years and I’m pretty sure I was bottle fed it as a baby ;). There is something just so comforting about it and it always makes me feel better.
I remember eating my Grandma’s tomato soup from a young age, and then eating my Mum’s variation of that soup for years after and now this is my version. This really is a recipe passed down the generations of my family.
Why should you try it?
✔ Under 200 calories for a big bowl
✔ Low in fat
✔ A great way to use homegrown tomatoes
✔ Warming and comforting – perfect for winter
✔ It’s a vegan tomato soup
Is Tomato Soup Healthy?
This is a really healthy soup. Not only is it low in calories and fat, it is really nutritious too. Tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes are also a good source of vitamin C and K, potassium and folate.
It’s also homemade, so no additives or preservatives that you would find in a canned soup. You get to control exactly what goes in to this soup, like the salt and sugar levels.
What Herbs Do You Add To Tomato Soup?
We added fresh basil to ours, as tomato and basil are such a classic combination and basil has a hint of sweetness to it which pairs beautiful with the sweet ripe tomatoes. However, you could use parsley instead, which is what my mum always used in her version of this soup.
Just a little tip when using basil. Make sure you add it towards the end, as heating basil too long can remove some of the flavour and make it slightly bitter which you don’t want.
What Else Can I Add To Tomato Soup?
This is a great base soup for you to adapt it however you like. If you like spicy food, then a little paprika for some smokiness and then chilli for heat works really well.
If you want to make this soup feel a little more indulgent, then some grated parmesan just before serving is amazing. It melts in to the soup and it is delicious.
A little drizzle of olive oil on top at the end and a sprinkle of fresh basil really finishes off the dish too.
How To Make a Smooth Tomato Soup
To make a really smooth tomato basil soup, firstly I would recommend using a high powdered blender as it makes such a difference. Then pour the soup through a sieve and save what it left in the sieve to add to a pasta sauce or something, as there is lots of flavour in it.
What To Serve Tomato Soup with
This soup is really low in calories, so we usually have it as a starter or serve it with a sandwich. A grilled cheese sandwich is perfect with these and total comfort food. Try a simple cheddar grilled cheese with a drizzle of honey. So. Good. You could also serve it with a chicken or turkey sandwich for a bit of a protein boost.
You can also keep things classic and just serve this Easy Tomato Soup with a French baguette that has been warmed up in the oven, or some croutons on top. Or both. You could even go all out and make your own bread. Why not try our Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia.
How To Store and Reheat Tomato Soup
This makes a big batch suitable for 4 servings. If you won’t eat it all in one go, then it will keep in the fridge for about 4 days. To reheat it, put it in a pan and gently simmer until heated all the way through.
You can also freeze it for up to 6 months. Wait until it is completely cooled and then ladle in to freezer bags. Lay the bags flat in the freezer stacked on top of each other.
- If you want to add even more flavour to this vegan tomato soup, then you can roast the tomatoes before adding them to the pan. This will increase the cook time considerably though. You could roast the garlic too.
- You could swap the onion for shallots and this would add even more of a sweet flavour to the soup.
- Try to use a high powered blender, so make the soup really smooth and creamy.
- Make sure the soup has cooled before blender, so it doesn’t crack your blender.
- Add some extra creaminess to it with a splash of coconut milk or some creme fraiche.
- If making this for kids, use a low salt stock.
How To Make Tomato Basil Soup – step by step:
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Tomato and Basil Soup
- 10 Medium tomatoes
- 2 Large carrots
- 1 Large potato
- 1 Large onion
- 2 Celery stalks
- 6 Garlic cloves (use less if you are not a big garlic fan)
- 3.5 l vegetable stock
- 10 g Handful of chopped basil
- 100 g Tomato puree
- Chop all of the vegetables and put in a large soup pan.
- Add the water and basil and season.
- Bring to boil and simmer for 1 hour.
- Pour the soup into a blender (or use a hand blender if you don't have one) and blend until smooth. You may need to do this in batches if you have a small blender. Pour it back into the pan and add the tomato puree. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.