Friday, November 15, 2013

Simple, Delicious Tomato Basil Soup


We're in full-on soup mode around here.
Robert is less than thrilled

Here's one thing we've discovered - he grew up eating very differently than we do. He once said, very nicely, "I just don't like most of the stuff you make." Recently, he clarified by saying, "Oh mom, it's not that you're a bad cook, you just use ingredients I don't like."

That's the problem - ingredients. And it's not the specific ingredients I use, it's that I use ingredients.

This kid was raised on a steady diet of chips and frozen pizza and boxed everything.

You know me, I'm not about to hate on chips or frozen pizza. But there's something to be said for having lots of "ingredienty" foods between the nights I completely give up entirely. (And those nights definitely happen.)

This is my all-time favorite tomato soup.

But let me clarify.

I have never in my life had a bowl of Campbell's tomato soup. I had lots of other kinds of Campbell's soup as a kid, but never tomato. Turns out my mom wasn't a fan, and you know how that goes.

A couple years ago I accidentally tasted the elusive soup and was shocked to see it was basically the sauce from Spaghettios. Yikes.

(True, I've always had a soft spot for Spaghettios. The story keeps getting weirder, right?)

Long story short, I decided I love tomatoes, but don't like tomato soup.

That all that changed a year or so ago.

I found a recipe that looked fresh and simple and I gave it a whirl. It  was alright, but there were still things that bugged me. So I tweaked it and twerked it.

Okay, no, there was actually zero twerking involved.

The end result is the stuff snowy Indiana evenings are made of. It's flavorful and creamy, not too chunky but with a little bit of texture.
I'm confident it'll translate swimmingly to any region or climate.

This week, I served it with a very high-brow partner - refrigerator biscuits stuffed with Velveeta.
OH MY WORD, these two were meant to be together! (Flatten out two biscuits, stick a cube of Velveeta in the middle, crimp edges together, bake on a baking sheet according to package directions.)


5-Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup

1 T olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced (if they're really small cloves, use more!)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1 28-oz can crushed tomatoes with basil
1 28-oz can regular crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken (or veg) stock
1/4 cup heavy cream
Big fistful of chopped fresh basil (1/4 - 1/2 cup, depending on your preference. I like lots!)

Heat oil in your soup pot over medium heat and add garlic until softened, being careful not to burn it. Add both cans of tomatoes, sugar, salt, and broth. Cook at medium heat for a few minutes, then drop to low and simmer at least 10 minutes, though I usually do at least 20.

Before serving, add cream and top with basil.

Feel free to tell us about your favorite soup in the comments.

Happy Friday!


34 comments:

  1. Like little grilled cheeses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GENIOUS!!!!!!! If you ever need to go resort to a canned version of tom soup, progresso has an amazing (for canned) tomato basil soup. I've left Campbell's lying on the cold hard floor and I ain't goin back!!!! I'm going to have to try this version....or maybe not, but definitely the lil grilled cheeses!!!!!

    Don't give up on Robert and your food -I know you won't!! He'll eventually come around to your ways.....they are, after all, sublime!!! xoxox

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  2. Oh my...those both sound SO good!

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  3. I have been looking for an easy Tomato Soup recipe. We LOVE it served with "special grilled cheese"....TX toast with pepperjack, ham, spread with ranch dressing, topped with a piece of cheddar and then grilled to perfection.....so as to dunk well!

    btw....the 2nd half of The Insanity of God was incredible. I am telling everyone I know to read it!

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    1. About to throw all the ingredients (minus cream) in the crock pot and let it simmer all day!

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  4. I love tomato soup and did grow up eating Campbell's out of the can. I also found a homemade recipe I absolutely love and enjoy much better than the can-kind. And it's got to be better for me, right? It has easily become one of my favorites, although my family won't touch it. They'd much rather have my homemade Chicken Noodle Soup : ) Anyway, I like the idea of your biscuits and cheese - a good side to either one of these delicious soups - YUM!!!

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  5. Here's my current favorite soup though: http://www.marthastewart.com/857661/chicken-barley-soup

    Although, true confessions, I usually tear up a grocery store rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the strips. It's super-fast that way.

    (I've been eating your ham/cuke/tortilla combo for lunch almost every day this week. Love the garlic salt.)

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  6. I grew up with canned tomato soup and always thought I hated it, too! Apparently not though becuase one of my favorite all time soups is Michael Symon's Spicy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup -- it is SO good. It's really similar to yours, but just add some Sriracha and blue cheese. Here is the version I use: http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2009/11/michael_symons.html

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  7. I can't get enough of homemade soup and usually start making it WAY before it is even remotely cool outside, because I just can't wait any longer. Here's my very favorite recipe: http://plumfieldshop.blogspot.com/2010/12/reason-246-to-have-soup-for-dinner.html

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  8. "And it's not the specific ingredients I use, it's that I use ingredients."

    Hilarious. I get antsy if I go too many days without making ingredienty food.

    My favorite soup is a stew. We like to throw a roast in a huge crockpot with onions, carrots, potatoes, beef stew mix, and lipton onion soup mix, then thicken with cornstarch. The two of us will eat it all day long with mini sweet corn muffins and we will barely even have left overs. Embarrassing yes...but also impressive.

    (Also, ingredient no longer sounds like a real word after typing this comment.)

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    1. I'm a huge beef stew lover. I actually planned to post both today, then I got too long-winded, story of my life, etc.. But I'll be posting mine soon!

      And your () cracked me up. Love/hate it when that happens!

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  9. That biscuit and Velveeta combo sounds fantastic! I love to add a squeeze of lemon juice to my tomato soup, adds the perfect zing. :)

    I found your blog a few weeks ago, and have creepily stayed up late reading as many posts as I can! We are soon-to-be-licensed foster parents, with the hope of adopting older children. Your blog has seriously been an answer to prayer; God is using it to teach me so much! (Like, if you stay up until 2am reading adoption blogs, you might snap at your other two children, and that's not ok.) For real though, super thankful for you. :)

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  10. OK, I may have to break up with your blog. I LOVE Campbell's tomato soup. Love. It. One day at work I was having a particularly cruddy day and to cheer me up the chef told me he would make me whatever I wanted for lunch. I chose tomato soup, grilled cheese and a tall glass of milk. He made fancy pants tomato soup (he is a chef after all) and I was so disappointed. Thankful he was thinking of me, but still, really disappointed it didn't come out of a can:)

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  11. This tomato soup recipe is making me want it RIGHT now. I'm definitely going to try it for supper tomorrow. Nothing like a good soup for comfort food with the chilly weather lately.

    My latest discovered soup recipe is for a sweet potato soup that's easy and not even really a recipe, but more of a guide. Here's a link - try it the original way first and then add your own spin :)

    http://www.delightfully-tacky.com/2012/10/sweet-potato-soup.html

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  12. I love tomato soup and can't wait to try this. My husband will be happy that it's not too chunky. I love tomato chunks, him not so much. My favorite soups are an Italian veggie/pasta soup and a hearty potato. We also love sweet potato/black bean chili but I guess that really isn't a soup...

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    1. Ooh I'd like your recipe for sweet potato black bean chili!!!

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  13. I'm into potato soups lately. Cheap, thick and so filling. And the young man (5.5) will eat it too. Mostly because it has bacon in it. No real recipe but maybe I'll create one and post it one day. And then I'll comment back.

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  14. I'm on a soup kick this month! Would love for you to link this to my Friday Favorites at http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  15. Oh my goodness! I totally snorted outloud when I pictured you twerking your tomato soup. And, how dare you include INGREDIENTY things in your food! And just FYI? my kids are mooning each other right now which brings me back to your post about the real bedrooms and the crazy fun the kids have there. Mooning happens to us all, I think, but it's only some of us who will admit it. Re: the soup - we make one a lot like this, only we add pats of butter. I know you're gonna try it. ;)

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  16. twerk!

    okay so...I'm going to pin this. I think it looks yummy and it's one of my life goals to develop a taste for Tomato soup. It's a tough one to achieve.

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  17. Your recipe sounds both simple and delicious. I'm going to try it. Actually I used to love Healthy Choice tomato basil soup. It was the best soup ever from a can - so much better than Spaghetti-o soup. But they seem to have discontinued it, at least around here. I love the way tomato soup gets darker around the edges of the pot when you heat it - is that weird, or what? I have a friend who starts with Campbell tomato soup then adds canned diced tomatoes and fresh basil - just those things alone really help it. Well, I've babbled on long enough. I'm off to pin that recipe.

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  18. I get cravings for tomato basil soup. I generally go out to a favorite eatery for it, but your recipe sound easy enough. As for the Campbell's version, the only way I can (kinda) enjoy it is by adding milk, not water, and a teaspoon or so of dried basil flakes.

    The biscuit idea sounds yummy.

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  19. I didn't know tomato soup could look so good!

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  20. Shannan, I had to tell you that I had a handful of college girls over today after church and we made a bunch of soup. Your tomato basil soup recipe was one of the ones we made. And the girls loved it. Me too. Thanks for this simple, delicious recipe. I hope Robert comes around to the wide world of ingredient-filled food. Once he does, there will be no turning back.

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    1. Now THAT is a party I want to attend!
      Glad you ladies liked it.

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  21. i loooooove creamy tomato basil soup!!!
    i'm a roll with soup this fall, too.
    served 3 different kinds in one week, and no one in my family complained...early christmas miracle for me.

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  22. Hands down, Ribollita. Bacon, white beans, spinach, tomatoes, stock, onions, basil, rosemary, thyme. olive oil, the heel of a wedge of parmesan; but obviously it had me at bacon. Like you, I found a recipe and tweaked it until it sang. Crusty bread and grated parm and I am in heaven. This recipe looks good -- simpler than my go-to tomato soup. Totally giving this one a try.

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    1. SOUNDS DIVINE. When should I head over?

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    2. NAME A DATE. Or if Iowa is too far, I could just send you the recipe. I'll warn you though: it has ingredients. On the other hand, the bacon makes it a perfect gateway soup for those making baby steps away from Campbell's Chicken Noodle. Two of my three have decided they love it, which is going a ways as they also do not like ingredients messing with their food.

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  23. This looks delicious! You should pin it so I can repin it ;)

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  25. I'm catching up on missed posts :)
    I can' wait to try this...love Tomato Basil.
    I like is Progresso...but I like homemade better.
    I'm so pinning this!

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  26. My favorite homemade is either Chicken Dumpling or Carrot Ginger. Yum.

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  27. I made this recipe last night and we all loved it. My husband is a huge tomato soup fan and said this is the best he's ever had. Thank you for sharing!

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