Tomato Basil Soup

Growing up, I ate Campbell’s canned tomato soup. While good for a very quick lunch, it always left much to be desired (sorry, Campbell’s).

During my on-going affair with Pinterest, I stumbled upon this gem: a surprisingly quick and easy tomato soup that even my tomato-disliking-husband approves of! (It was a shocker to me, too!) Delicious. Simple. And can be done in under half an hour. (LOVE that!)

Interested? Alright. Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2-14 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1-14 ounce can of whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of basil

What you need to do:

  • In a saucepan, saute the garlic in olive oil over medium heat for one minute, being careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes.
  • Add the whole tomatoes one at a time, squeezing them into the pan and breaking them apart into smaller pieces. Also, add the juice from the whole tomatoes.
  • Add chicken broth, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Cook the soup on medium at a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream and basil.
  • Serve with a delicious toasted bread, maybe grilled cheese.

This is one of the easiest recipes that I have ever posted here for you. And, I love that! How can you pass up such a wonderful meal that’s so simple? I just can’t get over it! (Obviously.) I recommend trying this for dinner tonight. You’re likely to have most of the ingredients sitting in your pantry and, if not, you can make a quick run to the store and make this meal anyway!