Tomato Basil Soup

tomato basil soup collage

I love, love tomato basil soup. I can’t even remember where I first had it, but I had to figure out how to make it! I made it several times last year- I also love having a basil plant in my front yard! It is a huge money saver. I spent about $3 on the plant, and have had an endless supply all summer. It costs about $3 to buy one bunch at the grocery store, and when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Enough chatting, let’s make some soup!

Go to your front yard, and pick some basil. :)
{I especially love growing basil because it’s a hot-weather-loving plant. It’s hot in Houston, have you heard?}

Throw a bunch of tomatoes into your blender.
Be sad because you don’t have a “real live” food processor.

Add a whole bunch of the basil you just picked.

Get your cream out of the fridge, and thank God for inventing cream!
{If I’d had two of these, I’d have used both of them!}

Pour the cream into the blender.
Add salt and pepper, and a few cloves of garlic if you like that sort of thing.
You can also see on the basil where I added balsamic vinegar. Not necessary, but yummy!

Then blend away! And pretend there are pictures of blending here. :)

Heat up some butter in a soup pot.

Pour in the mixture you blended really, really well. {You probably don’t want tiny bits of basil in there!}
Add chicken broth.

 Warm up until it’s as hot as you like. {be sure not to boil it; cream doesn’t like to boil!}

 Then dish out into bowls, and serve with grilled cheese on sourdough. :) It’s a very delish lunch or dinner, indeed!

tomato basil soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup:

  • one large bunch basil
  • 7-8 tomatoes, cored
  • 1/2 to 1 pint cream
  • 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar, if desired.
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, if desired
  • 3-4 Tbs. butter
  • 2 cans chicken broth
Put the first 7 ingredients in the blender and blend away until really smooth.
Heat the butter in a large pot, then pour in the soup mixture. Add chicken broth and heat, but don’t boil.
*You will probably notice, I don’t use exact measurements in anything except baking. Feel free to adjust to your needs. You can also add some milk if you need a larger amount of soup. This served my family of four.



About Kelli Hays

Kelli Hays is a wife, mother, writer, and friend. She has been blogging since 2008 and loves sharing inspiration for the everyday woman!


  1. What time is lunch, girlie? Seriously – that looks ah-mazing. I LOVE tomato basil soup. Totally trying this!


  3. betsy barnes says:

    I LOVE tomato basil soup and I love growing my own basil. There’s a pizzaria down the road that serves the best ever… but I can’t always run out to pick some up, so I had to learn how to make it myself!

    (new follower!)

  4. Thanks, friend! I’d love to have you over for lunch. :)

  5. Thanks Dani! Sorry your basil died. :(
    Hope you’re feeling well!

  6. Thanks Betsy! Glad that you enjoyed it.
    Ummm I love basil on pizza, too. Really, on anything!

  7. LOVE tomato basil soup and I’m trying your recipe. So easy and looks delicious…how could it not be? Right? I grow basil every year. It’s one of my favorite herbs.

  8. Rogueartist says:

    This is one of my most favorite meals!!! I do peel and de-seed my tomatoes first.

  9. Love tomato soup! I roast the tomatoes first. Great post.

  10. Ellen Bayles says:

    Love the looks of this recipe! Sounds delicious. thanks for sharing…

  11. Atthepicketfence says:

    I am so making this! I have a ton of basil in my garden and this sounds delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this with us
    at Inspiration Friday this week!

  12. Jennifer Locklin says:

    I came across your blog on At the Picket Fence and I love your post!

    I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to’s! { open through Wednesday! }

  13. Mmm, Beth, I will have to try roasting them! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Thanks so much!

  15. We love it, too! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! And thanks for always hosting Inspiration Friday! :)

  17. Thanks Jennifer! I will definitely stop by. And I love the name of your blog. :)

  18. Yum! One of my favorites. Thank you for the recipe and the instructions. I can do that!!!!

  19. Sounds tasty!

  20. That looks delicious! Nothing is better that fresh food!~ Thank you for linking up to Home Sweet Home!

  21. This looks so delicious! One of the things I miss about Houston is the tomato basil soup at La Madeleine. Yum. Ate there way too often when I worked near the Galleria.

  22. I’m making this this week!

  23. jennymatlock says:

    Wow. This sounds fabulous!

    We’ll be heading back into tomato season again quite soon! I’ll bookmark this and give it a go!

    It definitely sounds very, very delicious!

    Thanks for sharing your ‘secret’ recipe and thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “V”.


  24. Hi Babs! Did you get a chance to make it? I wish it was cooler here so I’d make it more often! :)

  25. Yay! Hope the boys enjoy it!

  26. Yes you can! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do. :)

  27. Yes, Sarah, their soup is sort of the inspiration for it. And I bet it would taste more like it if I added 2 more sticks of butter! haha.

  28. thanks Sherry! And you are very welcome.

  29. Yumm! My daughter is flying back home tomorrow and she will love this, thanks for the idea.


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