Tomato Basil Soup

I’m really not a fan of tomato soup. Except I can’t turn this one down. This one is Serious Eats attempt at Nordstrom’s rendition of Tomato Basil soup, and I thought it was pretty darn close. It was a perfect dinner on a chilly evening paired with a good old grilled cheese.  I made this recipe as is, with one exception – I substituted light cream for heavy.  We didn’t notice the difference.


    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon dried basil, crushed
    • 3 28-ounce cans whole peeled Roma tomatoes
    • 1 quart chicken broth
    • 1 pint light cream
    • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large, heavy saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add carrots and onion and cook until beginning to soften, 10 minutes, then add basil and cook until vegetables are completely soft, about 5 minutes more.

Add tomatoes and broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes, or up to 45 minutes if time permits.

After allowing soup to cool somewhat, purée in a blender or food processor until smooth, doing so in batches if necessary.  Stir in cream little by little over over low heat, until desired texture is reached and soup is just heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve warm.


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