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Monday, December 6, 2010

Fresh and Easy Tomato Basil Soup

Who says you have to pay a lot of money for tomato basil soup?  This is simple and easy to make and is easy on your budget.  It is much healthier than most because I used half-n-half instead of full or heavy cream.  Some of the tomato basil soups served at restaurants have as high as 38 g's of fat for one serving.  This is a better alternative.  

O Organics Organic Half-n-Half


Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size 2 tbsp
  • Servings Per Container 32
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 40Calories from Fat 30
  • % Daily Value*
  • Total Fat 3.5 g5%
  • Saturated Fat 2 g11%
  • Trans Fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 10 mg4%
  • Sodium 10 mg0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1 g0%
  • Dietary Fiber 0 g0%
  • Sugars 1 g
  • Protein 0 gN/A
  • Vitamin A 2%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 0%


This is so good on a cold winter day by itself or with a grilled cheese sandwich.



The Players!


Chop your basil.


In a large sauce pan add your crushed tomatoes.  Cook over medium low heat until hot.  (Be careful, tomatoes like to plop and spew out of the pan).


Add in 1 tablespoon of chopped basil and the half-n-half.  Stir and heat over low for 15 minutes.  This is a very thick soup.  



I used my stick blender to puree the soup before serving.  Continue to heat for another 5 minutes.  



Use the remainder of the basil leaves for a garnish. 



Tomato Goodness!  



The Recipe:

Tomato Basil Soup

1 large (28 ounces) can of crushed tomatoes
½ cup Half-n-half
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
several small basil leaves for garnish

Chop basil and set aside.

In a large saucepan empty the can of crushed tomatoes.  Cook over medium- low heat until hot.  (Be careful, tomatoes like to plop and spew out of the pan).  Add in 1 tablespoon of chopped basil and the half-n-half.  Stir and heat over low for 15 minutes.  This is a very thick soup!  I used my stick blender to puree the soup before serving.  Continue to heat for another 5 minutes.  Use the small basil leaves for a garnish. 

Note:  If you like a thinner tomato soup use vegetable broth or chicken broth to thin soup to your desired consistency.

Happy Eating!


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