Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

20 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Make this simple, healthier version of creamy tomato basil soup in around 20 minutes! The flavor is out-of-this-world thanks to a few secret ingredients…


Soup season, oh how I love you.  When I can eat grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner with no judgement that’s when I know it’s time to get my winter bod going.  This weekend I made tomato soup that’s WAY BETTER than anything in a can so just take 20 minutes so make this happen, k? It’ll be worth it.

A few Very Important Things to mention about this particular creamy tomato basil soup that make it 1,000x better than your average tomato soup:

  1. It’s made creamy from Greek yogurt aka it’s healthy
  2. Using fire roasted tomatoes instead of regular tomatoes makes the soup come out smoky and wonderful
  3. Secret ingredient #1: cinnamon! Weird, right? Us Ohioans put it in our chili and honestly you don’t even taste it. It just gives the soup a warm, spiciness you can’t put your finger on. Try it.
  4. Secret ingredient #2: orange juice! First of all, it doesn’t make the soup taste like orange juice, it just gives it some healthier sweetness, (I add a lot of red pepper flakes so sweetness is necessary). Sweetness helps balance the acidic tomatoes, and then it prevents your from adding a ton of refined sugar (although I did add a little pinch).
  5. Invest in an immersion blender to blend the soup to super creamy perfection directly in the pot. Save yourself the time and hassle. They are only like $20.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, don’t forget the grilled cheese. I used whole grain bread and sharp cheddar cheese. Highly recommend, (plus you can eat 2 or 3 and not feel guilty, right??).

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20 Minute Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
 
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Make this simple, healthier version of creamy tomato basil soup in around 20 minutes! The flavor is out-of-this-world thanks to a few secret ingredients...
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 red onion, roughly chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup torn basil leaves
  • 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • Freshly chopped basil, for serving
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onions and season with a pinch of salt, pepper, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes, (more or less depending on how spicy you like it). Stir, and let cook 3 minutes until onions start to get soft.
  3. Add in the minced garlic, and let cook about 30 seconds before adding in the chicken stock, orange juice, basil, tomatoes, and sugar.
  4. Stir, and raise the heat to medium-high. Let the soup come to a boil and cook for about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Taste the soup and adjust for seasoning, (add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes or sugar based on your preferences).
  6. Remove the soup from the heat, and use an immersion blender to puree the soup completely smooth. Alternatively, you could transfer the soup to a traditional blender in batches (carefully!) and return it to the pot.
  7. Off the heat, stir the greek yogurt into the blended soup and stir until completely combined.
  8. Serve the soup topped with more fresh basil and maybe a grilled cheese sandwich on the side!
 

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