Today, you’re going to learn how to make a very special and appetizing dish – creamy tomato basil soup. What
makes it extraordinary is the fact that it’s nutritious, fresh and really sumptuous. You can pair it with grilled
cheese sandwich, toasted bread, meat, fried fish, mixed veggies and all other dishes. If you’re planning to invite
your friends for a weekend dinner party, you can serve this soup and make that occasion extremely exceptional!
The fall marks the start of the cold season and everyone is looking for something warm. Having a bowl of
creamy and flavorsome soup is one of the best things to do during cold, winter days. Add something healthy for it
like huge tomatoes and you can make a lavish, comforting treat for your family.
Aside from keeping you warm and energetic, soups are great appetizers too. Whenever you eat in restaurants, soup
is being served first before the main course. This is not to make you feel fuller but to activate your appetite for
an exciting eating escapade. And one of the best choices of customers when it comes to soups is the creamy tomato
basil soup. One great thing about this extravagant appetizer is that it’s very simple to make and you don’t have to
be a professional chef to cook it right.
While you’re getting warmed up for a cold evening, this powerful soup will fill your house with its delicious
To get started, here are the ingredients you will need:
3 pounds of fresh peeled tomatoes, sliced into 4
1 ½ cups of fresh basil leaves, chopped
8 sprigs of basil leaves (for garnishing)
¼ cup of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ of onion, chopped thinly
1 cup of heavy cream
1 cup of carrots, diced (optional)
1 cup of vegetable broth
Here’s how you do it. Before anything else, you want to make sure that all of your
ingredients are fresh. First, you want to sauté the tomatoes and the vegetable broth until they become tender.
The garlic and onion should be minced well. Heat the olive oil in the pot. Next, sauté the garlic and onions
for a couple of minutes until cooked, and the aroma has gone out. Here’s a secret – use freshly harvested
garlic for a more powerful aroma! Don’t over sauté the garlic or else it will become bitter and it can
completely spoil your creamy tomato basil soup. Add the carrots and any other veggies you think can make your
soup more special. Cooking it over high heat is a good idea.
Let it stay in the pot over high heat until everything becomes tender. It usually takes 2 to 3 hours. Yeah, it’s
very time-consuming but don’t worry, you don’t have to keep an eye on your soup every minute. You just have to
check on it once in a while to make sure that everything is well cooked. Using an immersion blender, mix all the
ingredients; blend them until the texture becomes super smooth. Pour it back to the pot and let it simmer for
another hour. Add the salt and pepper and of course, the fresh basil leaves. Your creamy tomato basil soup is
ready! The basil leaves will give the twist on the taste and its aromatic smell. You can also add chicken meat for
This creamy tomato basil soup recipe is good for up to four hungry individuals. Make sure to serve it hot to
your guests. This dish is perfect for icy winter nights. As mentioned, you can pair this creamy soup with bread and
other dishes. Traditionally, it is served with grilled cheese sandwich or English muffins. You can top the soup
with cheese and heat it once more in the microwave oven. As the cheese melts, it will bubble on top.
Nutrition Facts of Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
You may also be interested with the nutrition you will get from this soup. If you’re maintaining your
waistline, you don’t have to be worried about creamy tomato basil soup as it only has 150 calories. As to the
calorie breakdown, this dish has 8% of protein, 17% of fat, and 75% of carbohydrates. It also contains 0.5 of fats
which constitute 1% of the recommended your daily fat intake. This creamy tomato soup with basil is also rich in
vitamin A which is equivalent to 4% of your daily vitamin A requirement. It also contains iron, calcium and sodium.
You should remember though that the freshest ingredients are necessary to obtain all of these essential nutrients
and minerals. Because of the popularity of this soup, many companies have come out featuring creamy tomato soup.
But these products usually contain preservatives and other chemicals that may not be good for your health.
The main ingredient which is tomato is a highly nutritious fruit that is rich in amino acids and lycopene.
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps the body flushes away the toxins and other chemicals that cause
varying diseases including cancer. Studies have shown that tomatoes have more health benefits than what we thought
it had. Lycopene is something that our body doesn’t produce. Therefore, we need to get it from outside sources.
Tomatoes are naturally loaded with this compound. In fact, lycopene is what makes tomatoes red. While it can be
obtained from some other sources, nothing like tomato contains the largest amount of lycopene. Other than helping
fight cancer, tomatoes are also found to help in preventing heart problems and high cholesterol.
Basil, which is another distinct ingredient of creamy tomato basil soup, is a very flavorful herb that is widely
used in Italian cooking. Aside from making it more tasty, basil is also a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Basil is considered a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial drug which helps fight infections and kill
bacteria that may cause varying health problems. Basil also contains magnesium which boosts blood circulation by
allowing the heart and its vessels to relax, promoting proper blood flow. foodnetwork.com
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