1.14.2010

Easy creamy tomato basil soup

I was inspired to cook up my very first batch of (semi homemade) creamy tomato basil soup after doing a bit of snooping around over at Big Black Dog. If you haven't been over there you really should go and take a peek. There are some fantastic soup recipes over there. It made me wish for a soup loving husband! :) Big Black Dog is actually packed with tons of yummy stuff. Everything from breads, to meats, to seafood, to desserts, and everything in between.

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I didn't have all of the ingredients for any of the soups over there so I poked around in my kitchen and came up with just enough stuff to put this soup together. I got the idea for the bacon from over there too. I love it!

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Easy Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
by theUngourmet

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 12 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp dried basil
1 cup cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan
cracked pepper
cooked crumbled turkey bacon

Heat oil in a 4 qt sauce pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, basil, and a bit of cracked pepper. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

In a small saucepan, heat the cream on medium low until warm but not boiling. Slowly stir cream into tomatoes. Simmer for a couple more minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan cheese.

Pour soup into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Be careful not to over fill your blender and burn yourself!!

Garnish with crumbled bacon and cracked pepper (if desired).

I asked my husband how he liked this soup and if he thought it was missing anything. He glanced up in between bites, paused, and then said, "Meat". Brat!

I personally think it could have used a nice pat or two of BUTTER, but that's just me.

Thanks again to Michelle for the great ideas!

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44 comments:

Lickedspoon said...

This looks so good, and funnily enough I was just craving a winter tomato soup myself - to banish the blahs of the gloomy weather we're having in London at the moment. Thank you for visiting my blog and have a lovely weekend.

Katy ~ said...

Coincidentally, I have just been looking at tomato soup recipes in my cookbooks. I'm definitely in a tomato soup mood. This sounds good! I'm adding it to my stash for safe keeping.

Dustjacket Attic said...

That looks fabulous and love the touch of bacon :)
xxx

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Great photos. I find it hard to get a good photograph of soup and it looks like you've mastered that art.

Recipe sounds tasty and easy. I'll have to give it a try.
Sam

Bellini Valli said...

I love turkey bacon in here. I have had a similar recipe at a local restaurant and I am sure they add a splash of vodka:D

Ginger said...

Wonder what it would take for us to have "soup loving husbands?" In this case, it is fine because it just means more for me. It really does look and sound incredible. Photos are awesome. Happy weekend..

Gin

ck said...

Mmmmm...bacon. That sounds like the perfect touch to tomato soup. You wouldn't happen to have a chicken soup recipe buried in here somewhere, would you?

Angie's Recipes said...

WOw! Your tomato soup looks so irresistible! I don't cook soup often enough...might try this one as it looks very delicious.

Donna-FFW said...

Pass me a grilled cheese and Im good to go. Delicious!

Kathy B! said...

Yummy! I love that you added the part about not over-filling your blender!! The first time I made tomato soup I put it in my food processor (and yes, I overfilled it) and burned the bejeebers out of myself...

Now I just need some grilled cheese :)

Victor said...

Everything dish goes well with bacon and love the soup. This is definitely a keeper!

TKW said...

I'm laughing at your husband! Mine will eat soup, but it's certainly not his favorite prom date!

nanny said...

Oh I am so with you on wishing I had a soup loving husband! There are 2 requirements for him to want (or eat) soup. He says it has to be very cold and he has to be sick!!! I mean really, those 2 things don't happen together (for which I am thankful) but who doesn't love a good pot of soup! I think they were just raised wrong/ha
I love tomato basil soup..the progresso one is actually very good although I am sure this one is much better.....can't beat homemade.
And the meat comment....priceless, I've heard that one also! Men!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love tomato and basil soup!specially if its creamy like this..

The Mommyologist said...

GOD this looks GOOD!!!

Noelle said...

my husband isn't a big soup eater, either. but i LOVE soups and this looks delicious!

as usual, your pictures are phenomenal!

KennyT said...

This is simply divine, I can see how creamy this tomato basil soup is just by looking at the beautiful pictures!

Mary said...

This looks absolutely wonderful. Perfect for this time of year.

noble pig said...

Oh pass the grilled cheese sandwich with this one! Yum.

Lora said...

very similar to my favorite recipe for soup--no bacon for me, please!

Also, I have discovered that an immersion blender is a lot less stressful than pouring it into the blender--just a handy little tip if you have one!

Now I want tomato soup...thankfully I have a teeny bit left in the fridge!

Michelle said...

Ahhhh...thanks so much for the kudos and shout out! I had such a bad day yesterday and I feel so much better now!

We do love soup and I serve it often for dinner. Sometimes a good soup is all that is needed.

And bacon...well it just makes everything a little bit better!

Chef E said...

Oh baby, my bacon baby, come to mama! This soup looks great! I did get burned out when a chain 'Le Madeline' out of Dallas made tomato basil so popular, and we ate it so MUCH! Now you have inspired me to try it again...

I agree with Sam (MCK), it is hard to get a good photo of soup, and believe me I make enough, great job!

NYCGAL said...

Looks delish!! Think I am going to have to make this one next weekend! Thanks :)

Mini Baker said...

looks delicious! I've been searching for a semi-homemade tomato soup recipe!

Dajana said...

The only soup my husband doesn't like is tomato soup, and I don't know why.
I think it's wonderful.

BarbaraJean said...

Kim, this sounds good. I have never tried tomato basil soup. I have to confess... oops! I have only had that good ol' Campbells Tomato. I just might have to get adventurous and try this one.

Catherine said...

This sounds delicious!
Perfect for this kind of weather!

Rhiannon Banda-Scott said...

This looks amazing Kim! You never cease to amaze me :) Hope all is well. I know I owe you a tiramisu cupcake. Sigh* I wish the days were longer!! xx

Blackberry Jam Cafe said...

This looks so good - I was also thinking a grilled cheese would be great with it! Thanks, this is a keeper!
Susan

Jenn said...

Yes!!! tomato soup is the best. All that's missing a nice grilled cheese to go with it. Yummmmmmm! I love the addition of the bacon topping. I think I shall make a soup tonight too.

sophia said...

Ok, honestly having had Campbells tomato soup, I don't LIKE tomato soup. But you have to crumble bacon on top, don't you? Now I really want some creamy tomato soup...with grilled cheese sandwich for dipping!

QIS said...

this looks so delicious!! i like creamy soup like this. i will give your recipe a try soon :D

MaryMoh said...

That's such a healthy, delicious-looking soup. It's just what I would love to have now which some crusty bread.

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I've never made a tomato soup either. This looks like a winner! Especially with Parmesan and bacon - delicious!

mary'smom said...

Just discovered your blog. Soup looks amazingly delicious.

Faith said...

Oooh, creamy tomato soup is divine! Your recipe looks incredible, Kim! Give me a bowl of this with a grilled cheese sandwich and I'll be in heaven!

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Men make me laugh....I gave my husband a tortilla this afternoon, planning on not including any meat, till I saw his face and heard the question :'No meat/chicken'!!!!

Devon said...

By boyfriend is a soup fiend. This can definitely go on the list.

Tami (Pixeltrash) said...

This sounds really good. Especially with the turkey bacon! I just found you on SITs and love to cook. I'll be having a look around!

jenjen said...

That is soooo yummy looking! I am going to try that one out for sure. Sounds perfect right about now!

XOXO
Jen

WhisperingWriter said...

Oooo yum. I love any type of tomato soup.

Kristin said...

I think I'll attempt this this week! Thanks lady!

Claudia said...

I crave soup all winter, spring - even summer. And have a soup-loving family. A delicious "must-do."

5 Star Foodie said...

What a delicious creamy soup, I love the addition of bacon!

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