Tomato Soup w/Fresh Basil

July 30, 2013 • Babies, Toddlers & Kids, Italian Food, Main Dish, Side Dish, Soup, Uncategorized, Vegetarian


I have always been afraid of making homemade tomato soup.  I guess I should say that I’ve just never known where to start.  If you can empathize, fear no more!! This is the most delicious, robust, yet simple tomato soup and you can have in on the table in 20 minutes!!! My twins dipped some fresh Italian bread bites into the soup since they have to everything on their own these days, while my toddler son loved to eat the soup with oyster crackers and goldfish.  He was VERY proud of his spoon skills :)  Overall, I am so thrilled to have a go-to tomato soup recipe!! Once you try this, you’ll never reach for the can of tomato soup again.


Tomato Soup w/Fresh Basil


  • 2 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 46 oz. can tomato juice
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chicken base
  • salt to taste
  • bunch fresh basil, chopped
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • parmesan cheese for garnishing


Drizzle olive oil in a soup pot or cast iron enameled pot over medium-low heat.

Add onion and garlic and sauté until fragrant.

Add brandy and reduce to half.

Add tomato juice, diced tomatoes, and black pepper.

Bring to a boil.

Add chicken base and cream and combine thoroughly.

Taste and add a pinch of salt, if necessary.

Add fresh basil and combine thoroughly again.

Serve with extra basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!


2 Responses to Tomato Soup w/Fresh Basil

  1. Thank you, Donna!! I am sure the fresh tomatoes will make this soup even more special! Let me know how it goes :)

  2. Donna Speer says:


    I have so many tomatoes to use and have been looking for a “good” tomato soup–my grandkids love. I’ll try your recipe this weekend! Donna

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