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Recipe: Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup

I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my cousin Haleigh.

About two months ago, Haleigh mentioned she had tried a homemade tomato soup recipe that ended up being too bitter.  I hate when a recipe doesn’t pan out. So, as soon as I felt the weather start to change (our high is only 100 degrees now – yay!), I started researching tomato soup recipes for Haleigh.

This recipe far exceeded mine (and Dallan’s) expectations. He couldn’t stop talking about this soup while he ate dinner last night.  Success!

Hint: pair this soup with homemade panini’s for an awesome dinner.


Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup


  • 3 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red onions (2 onions)
  • 2 carrots, unpeeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 4 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup packed chopped fresh basil leaves, plus julienned basil leaves, for garnish
  • 3 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream


Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-low heat. Add the onions and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes, until very tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, basil, chicken stock, salt, and pepper and stir well. Bring the soup to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are very tender.

Add the cream to the soup and process it through a food mill into a bowl, discarding only the dry pulp that’s left (I just used my hand blender and then skimmed the pulp off the top with a strainer/skimmer). Reheat the soup over low heat just until hot and serve with julienned basil leaves (or croutons).


  • September 23, 2011 - 3:28 am

    Lynne - This looks delicious! I love tomato soup! Will have to try your recipe!

  • September 28, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    Haleigh - Thanks so much! I was ecstatic to see that you found a good looking recipe! I’m going to try it out as soon as I get to the mainland in December. Perfect soup weather, right?

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