{comfort food} homemade tomato basil soup

Last Thursday was a snow day here in Portland, and I felt like eating tomato soup and grilled cheese for lunch. We were out of good old Campbells tomato soup, so I decided to see if I had what I needed to make it from scratch…and I did!

Here is the recipe I used…

Fresh tomato and basil are the stars of this classic summertime tomato soup recipe. Low-fat milk and light cream cheese keep it healthy.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup and 1 bread slice)


  • 4  cups  chopped seeded peeled tomato (about 4 large)
  • 4  cups  low-sodium tomato juice
  • 1/3  cup  fresh basil leaves
  • 1  cup  1% low-fat milk
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cracked black pepper
  • 1/2  cup  (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • Basil leaves, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 8  (1/2-inch-thick) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette


Bring tomato and juice to a boil in a large saucepan. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Place tomato mixture and basil in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Return pureed mixture to pan; stir in milk, salt, and pepper. Add cream cheese, stirring well with a whisk, and cook over medium heat until thick (about 5 minutes). Ladle soup into individual bowls; garnish with sliced basil, if desired. Serve with bread.

NOTE: Refrigerate remaining soup in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 133 (30% from fat), Fat: 4.4g (sat 2.4g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.4g), Protein: 5.4g, Carbohydrate: 18.7g, Fiber: 1.9g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Iron: 1.5mg, Sodium: 310mg, Calcium: 77mg
Cooking Light, JULY 2000
home is…comfort food on a snow day.

2 thoughts on “{comfort food} homemade tomato basil soup

  1. stephany @ home is what you make it says:

    I had frozen tomatoes. So, to peel them I ran them under hot water and the peels came right off.
    I think if you blanch a fresh tomato and then run it under COLD water that the skin might come right off…not sure though.
    You could always use canned tomatoes!

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