Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Lydia Degaris-Pursell
Yield
6 servings (serving size: 3/4 cup)

Category Finalist: Side Dishes and Side Salads. "I omitted the heavy cream that is usually found in tomato soups in order to make this recipe lighter. I don't miss it because pureeing creates a nice, creamy texture." --Theresa Larsen, Redlands, CA

How to Make It

Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion, shredded carrot, garlic, and shallots to pan, and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently. Add sugar, pepper, salt, and 4 basil leaves, and cook 5 minutes. Add sun-dried tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Remove from heat. Place half of soup in blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup. Divide soup evenly among 6 bowls. Garnish each serving with 1 basil leaf.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

cberk10's Review

connecticut
February 04, 2013
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ieyedocotor's Review

Seriously35
November 27, 2012
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Seriously35's Review

ieyedocotor
December 24, 2011
Fabulous!!! Add another can of chicken broth and the consistency is great. Had to stretch for 6 servings though - will double next time. My very picky 8 yr old declared this his new favorite soup - way better than Campbell's!! :) Served with CL Garlic Thyme Foccacia - delicious!!

ABROMANO's Review

catsluvr
January 20, 2011
Love this recipe. I made a couple of changes because I was in a hurry. I grated my onions and carrots prior to cooking so I didn't blend all of the soup afterwards. Also, I used skim milk instead of chicken broth for a creamy texture and is was fabulous. Thanks for the recipe.

DeliaC's Review

virevixa
January 10, 2010
Would be 5 stars, but it was too thick for my taste. I ended up adding 1 additional cup chicken broth, and 1/4 cup white wine to thin it out a bit. I also doubled the sun-dried tomato & basil, for a little extra flavor. But overall, a fantastic tomato soup recipe!

MotorcycleCook's Review

Kate09
July 10, 2009
The soup was good but not great. I just felt it did not have enough tomato flavor. The carrots seemed to overpower the tomato flavor. I have other tomato soup recipes that are better than this one.

Kate09's Review

cberk10
March 20, 2009
Great, rich flavor. The consistency reminded me a little of marinara though.

virevixa's Review

Stanci
March 19, 2009
I had myself convinced that my husband would hate this; he's not a big soup-eater to begin with, but the last time I made tomato soup it was a disaster. Not only did he love it enough to have THIRDS, but my one and two year olds begged for more! What a success in my house! I made pretty much as written, however I only had italian style stewed tomatoes instead of diced, and I omitted the shallots. We topped with a tiny bit of pesto, and served with chicken salad wraps. Fantastic!

Stanci's Review

DeliaC
January 13, 2009
The perfect tomato-basil soup recipe! The whole family loved it - including my little girls. Changes I made: Left out shallots because I didn't have them; left out sundried tomatoes because I wanted to; used vegetable broth instead of chicken because we're vegetarians; used 6 basil leaves instead of 4. This was SUCH a great recipe - it's going in my permanent rotation. The only change I'll make next time is to leave out the sugar - I think the carrots add enough sweetness.

Herminia's Review

Herminia
January 13, 2009
THE very best tomato sooup ever and so easy. I left out the sugar, and added a teaspoon of cumin for the earthy taste and to cut the sweet of the tomatoes, I am not into sweet anything!! I will pass this recipe to my friends. 5 stars for sure!