This traditional homemade tomato basil soup recipe can be served home style by pairing with a grilled cheese sandwich or with a sophisticated twist by changing up your garnishes.
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5 from 3 votes

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

This traditional homemade tomato basil soup recipe can be served home style by pairing with a grilled cheese sandwich or with a sophisticated twist by changing up your garnishes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Patti from CooksRecipeCollection.com

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth for a vegetarian or vegan alternative)
  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes (I prefer organic, plum tomatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 20 leaves fresh basil chopped

Instructions

  • In a stock pot melt butter with olive oil over low heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and translucent, but not browned. This will take about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over onion and garlic and stir to coat vegetables.
  • Add broth, tomatoes (crushing slightly with your hand or a spoon), sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.
  • Bring mixture to a simmer over medium high heat while stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce heat to low, stir in chopped basil and simmer for 40 minutes.
  • Take off heat and blend with stick blender. You can also blend in batches in a traditional blender or food processor.
  • Taste soup and adjust salt and pepper, if needed.
  • Ladle into bowl and garnish with your preference of basil leaves, your choice of chopped herbs, grated Parmesan cheese; or a swirl of sour cream or creme fraiche.