Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I am on vacation in Hawaii right now.  It has been such a treat to relax with my family, enjoy the warm weather and spend our days out at the beach.  I imagine that some of you may not be experiencing the same sunshiny days that I am at the moment.  Maybe while I am out at the beach, you are on the couch wrapped in a fuzzy blanket? Or maybe while I am lathering up with sunscreen, you are beginning to feel a bit of a chill?  Maybe while I am cooling off with my shave ice, what you really need is to warm up with a delicious bowl of soup?  Don’t worry my faithful readers, while I am out basking in the sun, I have not forgotten you.  I asked one of my favorite food bloggers to share a recipe with you while I am away.  Thank you Monica :)
*Oh and don’t forget there is still time to enter my mini-giveaway, I will be back Saturday and will announce the winner :)
Hello Everyone! I am Monica from Lick The Bowl Good and I was asked by Allie to be a guest blogger here on her blog while she’s away on vacation in Hawaii! I am completely jealous but because I think she has a beautiful blog with a personality to match, I said yes! Thanks for having me Allie, I’m honored that you asked.
Before I tell you about this recipe, I wanted to tell you a bit about myself. I am happily married to my high school sweetheart and reside in Texas with our furry 4-legged girl, Autumn- a dog who thinks she’s human :). I have been baking all my life but have only been blogging for 3 years. I am most content when I’m alone in the kitchen baking for my family and friends or out and about taking pictures of the world around me.

Baking is my passion and specialty, but Allie requested this particular recipe to share with you all because she’s been drooling over it since I made it earlier this year. It really was delicious and since it’s made with canned tomatoes it can be made all year round and it still tastes fresh. It’s creamy and flavorful and tastes awesome with grilled pesto and muenster cheese toast. I hope you enjoy it!

from Monica H
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced or sliced
2- 28 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained (reserve the liquid)
1 Tbsp. basil puree or fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup reserved tomato liquid (from the cans)
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper
basil pesto
fresh Parmesan cheese

In a large pot over medium high heat, warm the olive oil.
Add the chopped onion to the pan and cook til translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and stir. Cook for another minute til fragrant.
Add the drained diced tomatoes, basil and thyme and cook, uncovered,
for another 10 minutes until the flavors meld together.
Add the reserved tomato liquid and chicken broth. Stir and lower the heat to medium.
Cook, uncovered, for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In small batches, puree the chunky soup in a blender
or use an immersion blender til the desired consistency is achieved.
Stir in heavy cream til well incorporated.
Re-season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Garnish with basil pesto, Parmesan shavings or croutons if desired.


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  1. 1
    heather says:

    This looks so yummy and pretty easy, too!

  2. 2
    Monica H says:

    Hi Allie,

    I'm flattered that you wanted me to be your guest blogger while you are away. I was more than happy to do it and I hope your readers enjoy the soup!

    Hope you're having fun!


  3. 3
    Maranda says:

    Great post! I especially love the picture of Autumn coming to see what smells so great in the kitchen!

  4. 4
    Faith says:

    MMm that sounds wonderful! and I especially loved the pic of Autumn creeping in the background looking hungry and in anticipation!

  5. 5
    Cindy M says:

    Yummy, that looks perfect on a rainy night such as this one. I'm drooling too! Love your pics!

  6. 6
    Ingrid says:

    Love that photo with the steam rising out of the pot!!

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    Denise says:

    I made this delicious creamy tomato basil soup in a large batch this past February for a group of women.  Everyone  loved it!  I added a few carrots,some  chopped celery along with bay leaves in the sautéed   onions.  I also added a splash of cream sherry just prior to adding the stock and tomatoes.  I forgot to write the recipe down and went on line today to find it and lucky for me I remembered the adorable doggie in the back ground of the soup  pot and knew I had the correct site.  Thanks for sharing.