Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup

Enjoy a creamy, luxurious tomato basil soup without the guilt! There is no cream, sugar, or any unnecessary additives in my Tomato Basil Soup! Plus, the secret ingredient makes this soup so so good!

Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup - One super important ingredient makes this soup so OUTSTANDING! #tomatobasilsoup #tomatosoup #tomatobasilbisque | Littlespicejar.comWhat you WON’T find in this homemade tomato soup is a bunch of cream or sugar.

I haven’t been able to get this creamy, luxurious, sweet, and comforting soup out of my mind for weeks. Tomatoes are in full swing this month and i’m taking advantage! I can’t wait to make tons of salads, soups, and other goodies with the best seasonal produce. There is nothing better than eating the freshest produce that’s in season. You can not only TASTE how much better the tomatoes are right now, you can FEEL it too. A tomato that’s in season will almost always feel heavier than it’s off season counterpart.

If you’ve been following LSJ since the beginning, you know i’ve done a tomato basil bisque in the past. My ashamed self is admitting to you that I had to put cream in it to make it taste as good as it did last time. In my defense, I did make that soup in March when the tomatoes weren’t quite at their best. Which meant less natural flavor and that means I needed extra herbs to help make the tomato flavor a little noticeable. But never, ever, ever again.

I can’t wait to make a big batch of this every week to have on hand for lunches and midday snackies. Yes, tomato soup is perfect with a little bit of grilled cheese when you just need a little something to nibble on. Not to mention that it’s extactly what you need if you’ve caught the summer cold that are going around! You will undoubtedly sleep like a 5 month old baby if you’ve got a belly full of this soup in you.

Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup - One super important ingredient makes this soup so OUTSTANDING! #tomatobasilsoup #tomatosoup #tomatobasilbisque | Littlespicejar.comOne thing that I forgot to mention is that not only is there a secret ingredient for this tomato soup, there is also a secret method. The thing about this soup is that LOW and SLOW is the way to GO. Massage those tomatoes, carrots, onions, and garlic with some olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper and pop them in the oven on a low heat setting for 1 hour. The slow baking process really helps develop more flavor in the tomatoes and causes that natural sweetness to come out. Instead of adding even a teaspoon of sugar to this soup, we’re getting lots of natural sweetness from the slow roasting process and the carrots that are going in to this soup.

Now, go. Use that 1 hour to it’s full advantage. Me? –>I popped in a quick Gillian Michaels workout DVD that I hadn’t done in ages and within 10 minutes I was screaming bloody murder because I couldn’t feel any of my limbs. I spent the following 50 minutes cursing Gillian under my breath and vowing to use this DVD sparingly. Home girl. I’m sure you’ve helped a lot of people, but your beginners level DVD is definitely not for BEGINNERS.

Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup - One super important ingredient makes this soup so OUTSTANDING! #tomatobasilsoup #tomatosoup #tomatobasilbisque | Littlespicejar.comMoving along…

The secret to making delicious tomato basil soup or even minestrone soup is simple. And some of you are now catching on. You know my little secret and you’re sitting there smiling at the screen, thinking ‘of course!’

And…

The Secret Ingredient is…

BASIL PESTO!

How many of your guessed it? That super concentrated flavor of basil pesto really makes this soup NEXT LEVEL STUFF. The pine nuts from the pesto add such nice depth and creaminess that you’ll forget about adding that heavy cream or half and half in and opt for this more flavorful/ healthier option instead.

Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup - One super important ingredient makes this soup so OUTSTANDING! #tomatobasilsoup #tomatosoup #tomatobasilbisque | Littlespicejar.comThe parmesan also adds just the right amount of cheesiness to the soup without overpowering it.

This tomato basil soup is exactly what you need to cure that end of summer cold. And it’s perfect to take us right into the fall season! Imagine a chilly evening complete with a warm blankie, comforting tomato basil soup, and a grilled cheese sandwich to dip, dunk and munch on. For the colder months, the grilled cheese is a MUST. For summer, I served this soup with cheesy toasts. It’s just a bit of provolone on a slice of baguette with a pinch of salt, garlic powder, and a bit of Italian seasoning.

So simple and SO YUMMY.

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Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup

Enjoy a creamy, luxurious tomato basil soup without the guilt! There is no cream, sugar, or any unnecessary additives in my Tomato Basil Soup! Plus, the secret ingredient makes this soup so so good!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. cherry tomatoes
  • 2 lbs. Roma tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
  • 7 garlic cloves
  • 3 large carrots, cut in half
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 cups vegetables broth (or chicken broth)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2-3 tablespoons basil pesto

Directions:

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 375ºF. Place the cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, onions, garlic, and carrots on one large baking sheet. It’s okay if some of the ingredients are overlapping. Drizzle the olive oil along with a big pinch of salt and pepper and give it a good toss. Place the baking tray in the oven and allow the ingredients to bake for 1 hour. Check on the ingredients every 30 minutes and give it a toss.
  2. Transfer the ingredients along with any juices from the baking tray to a blender and blend the veggies until they are completely smooth. If you’ve got a super powerful blender it will go in one batch and be super quick. If you’ve got a regular blender, you may need to add a little broth to help it along. For super smooth soup, run the puree through a strainer to get rid of any larger pieces.
  3. Transfer the puree into a large dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chicken broth and allow the soup to heat all the way through, about 5-7 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes. Add two tablespoons of the pesto and give the soup a taste. If desired, add the third tablespoon. I used 3 in total because I love a little extra punch of basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with cheese toasts.

Notes:

  1. TO MAKE THE CHEESE TOASTS: On slices of baguette, place sliced provolone cheese, top with a sprinkle of salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese bubbles and starts to brown.

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Secret Ingredient Tomato Basil Soup - One super important ingredient makes this soup so OUTSTANDING! #tomatobasilsoup #tomatosoup #tomatobasilbisque | Littlespicejar.com*Please note: the nutritional facts calculated are an estimate based on the ingredients i’ve used. If you’d like a more accurate count, please calculate them using the ingredients/brands you’ve used to prepare the recipe. The nutritional information for this tomato basil soup are based on 8 servings.*

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