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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

By June 18, 2014February 21st, 2022No Comments

This past weekend and I catered a church event and my instructions were to prepare a ‘light’ meal. I struggled knowing what a light meal was but ended up deciding that a soup and panini dinner sounded like a good option. I searched my blog for my traditional tomato basil soup reipce but realized I had never posted it all these years. I have this Vegetable Tomato Basil Soup or this Butternut Tomato Soup–both of which I love, but this recipe is completely traditional and simple to make. We have had a little cooler weather this week and so I thought I would share one last soup recipe before summer is in full bloom 😉 Hope you love it as much as we did!

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Author: Deals to Meals


  • 1 white onion diced
  • 1/2 large red onion diced
  • 1 stick butter
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3-4 Tbls. chicken bouillion base I love the stuff that comes in a jar at Costco
  • 1/4 cup pesto the Kirkland Basil Pesto is my favorite
  • 3 cans tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 leaves fresh basil chopped fine (can use more for garnish)
  • 3 tsp. dry basil
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 quarts half & half
  • 1 cup water or milk or chicken broth if using less chicken bouillion
  • 8-9 cans 14.5 oz. crushed canned tomatoes


  • Saute the onions and butter in a large soup pot until the onions are tender and translucent. Add the garlic, chicken bouillon base, pesto, tomato paste, and pepper.
  • Continue to saute until the seasonings begin to smell fragrant (about 4-5 minutes) and then add the remaining ingredients.
  • Let the soup simmer on medium low heat until the soup thickens and the flavors come together. If you like a thinner soup, add more half & half or milk. If you like a thicker soup, let the soup simmer for longer so that liquid evaporates. Serve with fresh cream on top with fresh basil and/or parmesan cheese.

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