Tomato Basil Soup from Fresh Tomatoes

Ahhh, summer.  Glorious, tomato-packed summer.

I had about 15 fresh tomatoes sitting around and after debating what to do with them, got a raging case of tomato soup crave.  Tomato basil, to be exact.

Is there a better combo?  I think not.

Ingredients –

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots (or 1 cup baby), chopped
  • 5-10 cloves garlic, depending on your taste
  • 10-15 fresh tomatoes, cut into large cubes
  • 1 large handful basil, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2-3 teaspoons organic cane sugar

Directions –

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven (my preference) on medium heat.  Add onion, celery, carrots plus a little shake of sea salt and cook until the vegetables begin to soften.  Add garlic and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes, water and basil, cover and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cook, covered, on a low simmer about 1 – 1.5 hours then remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Using an immersion or traditional blender, blend until the soup is a smooth consistency.  You could stop at this point, or take it one step further and strain it.  I usually do this step if time allows.
  5. Once you’ve strained out the seeds and skin (or not) put soup back on medium heat and add salt and sugar.

Thank you, summer and all of your gorgeous produce!

  1. Tammy said:

    That looks beautiful and whatever is left can be frozen for later!

    • yep, it was sooo good, especially day 2+ after all the flavors were left to meld!

  2. Matt said:

    This recipe looks easy and delicious. Step 2 says add tomatoes and water, how much water do u recommend?

    • Hi Matt, sorry about my oversight! I usually just add enough filtered water to cover the tomatoes, etc. by about 1/2 inch or so. It’s pretty fail safe – if you add too much liquid, just let it simmer, uncovered for a few minutes towards the end of cooking until it reduces to your desired consistency. Let me know if you try it!

  3. Matt said:

    Thanks. I ended up using 2 cups. It was amazing! My 4 yr old daughter said “Daddy this is so good I just wanna stick my whole face in it!”. Lol

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