Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
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Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

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After just one taste of this slightly sweet tomato and herb soup, my family never went back to canned soup again! I adapted this recipe from one I seen in an old cookbook. —Chris Baker of South Lake Tahoe, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 1 hour 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 can (49 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth or 6 cups vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 5 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) fat-free evaporated milk

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 201 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 1004mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 3g fiber), 10g protein


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook carrots and onion in butter over medium-low heat for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
  2. In a blender, place 1/2 broth and the cooled vegetables; cover and process until blended. Return to the Dutch oven. Stir in the tomato puree, basil sugar, salt, pepper and remaining broth.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Gradually stir in evaporated milk; heat through (do not boil). Yield: 6 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Tomato Basil Soup in Light & Tasty October/November 2004, p39

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Reviewed Feb. 12, 2016

"Soooooo good! Very easy to make and very comforting!"

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"My favorite tomato soup. I've made it at least a dozen times. Thank you for the great recipe!"

Reviewed May. 5, 2015 Edited May. 6, 2015

"Easy to make. Mixed thoughts on the taste. I really enjoyed it, my husband said he thought it tasted like spaghetti sauce and my mom said that she could eat it, but thought she could taste the carrots too much(Probably cause she saw them going in.) Had this left over for lunch the next day and was even better. The flavours meld together wonderfully."

Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"Very Good!

I used 2 pints of canned tomatoes instead of puree. Then after it done simmering, I threw it all back in the blender to puree the tomatoes to make the soup very smooth. Next time I will puree the tomatoes in blender before adding to soup...less batches in the blender"

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Awesome!! I've already made it twice. Excellent and EASY (not time consuming at all!). Good just the way the recipe is written!"

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