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A New Love {Recipe: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup}

If you would have told me before today that I would make tomato soup and after one taste, I’d sit down and devour the whole bowl, I would not believe you.

In fact, before today, the mere words “tomato soup” made me gag a bit. I love tomatoes fresh from the garden and in sauce form, but tomato soup was something I equated with soggy crackers and tin cans.

Little did I know there was tomato soup that tasted like this! Campbell’s…sorry… but you’ve got nothing on this Creamy Tomato Basil Soup. Nothing at all!

I can only imagine how incredible this soup would be with fresh from the garden tomatoes (of which I had none) but even still, with the ingredients I used, it was better than I anticipated being. So good it has definitley made it near the top of my favorite soups. The only thing that would have made it even better was if I served it with a thick slice of homemade Buttery Beer Bread.

Tomato soup, I’m sorry I’ve put you on the “avoid at all costs” list for so long. Hopefully my ode of love to you will help others convert to being a fan. Like myself, prior to today, they don’t know what they’ve been missing.

I used herbs from Gourmet Garden in this soup. Now that our fresh herbs have gone away for the cold weather, I’ve turned to Gourmet Garden in my kitchen for fresh herb flavor. I’ll be sharing more about this product later in the week, including a giveaway for you to try them as well!

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

This creamy and flavorful Tomato Basil Soup will turn you into a tomato soup lover!


  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups V-8 juice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 Tablespoons Gourmet Garden Basil (or 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped)
  • 2 Tablespoons Gourmet Garden Garlic (or 3 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large stockpot or French Oven, bring crushed tomatoes, V-8 juice, chicken broth, basil, garlic, salt and pepper to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add butter, heavy whipping cream and Parmesan cheese, stirring continuously. Bring heat to medium and stir until butter has melted.
  3. Serve hot, topping with additional Parmesan cheese as garnish, if desired.
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  1. I LOVE tomato soup, so perfect for fall!

  2. My favorite!

  3. Tomato soup is wonderful during this time of year, I’m so glad you like it now! I definitely want to give this version a whirl, especially since it made a non-believer of tomato soup into a believer!

  4. Homemade tomato soup is truly amazing and your photos are stunning as always!

  5. I am so making this – love creamy tomato soup of all kinds. Also, love the site redesign :-)

  6. I definitely need to make this! I love Gourmet Gardens and seriously never go a day without using them! :)

  7. Lesley Jackson Scher says:

    Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Perfect weeknight supper!

    I, too, think your site looks gorgeous! And your photos are always spectacular. My husband agrees. :)

  8. Tomato soup has always been my favorite. Luckily I’ve moved past the days of Campbell’s and prefer homemade versions such as this one. Looks wonderful!

  9. Welcome to the ranks of “real” tomato soup lovers! Seriously, I was the same…for years I wouldn’t touch tomato soup because my only experience was the canned variety. Once I made it myself at home I was totally hooked. So, so good on a cold day. Especially with a toasty sandwich to dip in.

  10. Marly McMillen Beelman says:

    There’s nothing like a bowl of warm soup on a cold day to make the world a better place. I can’t wait to try a vegan version of this one. Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. LOVE homemade tomato soup — it’s what’s for dinner tonight! I think our recipes are pretty similar, but I’ve never added the parmesan cheese. I have some in the fridge, so I’ll give it a try.

  12. I hear you, I had written off tomato soups for being bland and watery until I tried making them at home and was so pleasantly surprised!

  13. Can’t wait to try this! Looks so good and so easy! I love tomato soup with grilled cheese :)

  14. Family Fresh Cooking says:

    Oooooooo, such a rustic and delish looking soup!

  15. This looks amazing! What a fabulous recipe for the fall. LOVE your new blog design; it looks amazing and I’m so happy for you!
    Happy Halloween!

  16. I love homemade tomato soup. So unlike the canned stuff. Yours looks divine – wish I had some for lunch!!

  17. So I don’t know how I read this like 5 times and totally MISSED the fact that you used V8 in it. I am making it now and its going to be slightly adapted because I completely forgot the v8. oops!!! Smells great though and I was lucky enough to still have basil on my plant outside so I was able to use that. I love tomato soup – glad you finally do too!

  18. Hi .. I have been searching the net for tomato basil soup and I came across yours and I will be trying the recipe hopefully tonight and I will be posting it to my blogsite as well if it is successful. :D Thank you for the recipe and I will be linking to this site (if it’s ok with you) if I ever publish what I cooked. Btw, your photographs are beautiful. :)

  19. Just finished simmering this recipe! I nixed the v8 & used more homemade chicken stock than called for. Being from Louisiana I had to add more season Ii ng, but overall third is a great recipe. I am really going to enjoy this later this evening! Thanks for this yummy idea!

  20. I’ve never found a recipe for tomato basil soup that wasn’t kind if disappointing but this recipe is restaurant quality. It’s so good!


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