Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup


When I was younger, I despised tomato soup. The flavors never seemed to call for me, nor did I ever crave grilled cheese.

My favorite was Mom’s chunky beef stew that simmered and bubbled on the stovetop for hours in our small yellow duplex kitchen back in Minneapolis. It wasn’t until high school that I began to crave the comfort of creamy tomato soup after Mom started buying Progresso’s hearty tomato.

In fact, I remember us making cheesy pepper jack quesadillas and canned tomato soup on a frequent basis. Mom worked a lot to support our family and during my teenage years, the two of us didn’t have much time to enjoy meals together. Quick and easy was exactly what we needed.

roma tomatoes on a sheet pan to make homemade roasted tomato basil soup

Today, Tony and I still buy canned or boxed soup. We have nights where we’re depleted of energy and need something quick and easy to nourish ourselves. Even though I have a food blog, it doesn’t mean I’m making dinner every single night.

Sometimes my days are focused around baking, snacks or breakfast, and by the end of the day the last thing I’m thinking about is what to eat for dinner.

However, when I do have time to make a good tomato soup, I get a little giddy inside.

And since it’s finally tomato season, I couldn’t help but present this beautiful bowl of tomato basil soup to you. It’s homemade, made with fresh tomatoes that are roasted to perfection in the oven. Mmmm.

Homemade tomato basil soup in a food processor with garlic

Ingredients homemade tomato basil soup

The best part about this tomato basil soup recipe is how simple the ingredients are. We’re using all fresh ingredients that still create an incredible flavor and texture. This tomato basil soup is wonderfully creamy without any cream or dairy (making it vegan and dairy free too)! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh tomatoes: Tomatoes helps them to sweetened and slightly caramelize leading to a sweet, rich tomato soup flavor. You can use either roma or plum tomatoes. I recommend using garden fresh or organic to keep the soup as flavorful as possible!
  • Garlic: Let’s not forget about how delicious roasted garlic is. The sweet, lick your finger good flavor is essential to this recipe — and it’s easy to roast right alongside the tomatoes.
  • Fresh basil: Basil has a slightly sweet flavor and should be added to the recipe before serving, as too much heat can remove the flavor of it and sometimes turn it slightly bitter. This herb also helps to cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Onions: This was one thing I did that was a little different was addition of caramelized onions! The sweet onions are caramelized, then blended into the soup. AMAZING!
  • Optional add-ins: I’ve included optional ingredients that you can add to the soup to make it your own in the ingredients below! If you’d like, this is your chance to get a little creative.

Personally, I like to top it off with shaved or grated parmesan cheese and a little extra basil. Sometimes we’ll also stir in a can of light coconut milk for a creamy sweetness. SO GOOD!

bowl of vegan tomato basil soup with a spoon topped with basil

How to make homemade tomato basil soup

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place halved tomatoes and garlic cloves on the baking sheet and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, you can make the caramelized onions: Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to a large pot and place over medium heat. Add the onion slices and stir to coat the onions with olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally. Check onions every 5-10 minutes until they have completely caramelized and turned golden in color. This usually takes 20 minutes.
  3. Once tomatoes and garlic are done roasting, allow them to cool for 10 minutes, then add them to a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. Next add basil and caramelized onions and blend again. Alternatively you can add the tomatoes to the large pot and use an immersion blender. It’s really just about what you have available to you.
  4. After blending, transfer back to pot, turn to medium low heat and add in oregano, vegetarian broth and salt and pepper to taste. From there you can add in any additional add-ons you want (as listed in the ingredients). Allow tomato soup to simmer 10 minutes before serving. To serve, garnish with parmesan cheese and serve with grilled cheese, if desired.

dipping a grilled cheese into homemade tomato basil soup

Should you skin the tomatoes?

I typically leave the skin on the tomatoes and keep the seeds in as well, but feel free to remove both if you’d like. It’s really about your preference.

How to customize this tomato basil soup recipe

While this fresh tomato basil soup recipe is vegan and dairy free, there are tons of delicious ways to make it even creamier and richer.

  • Add some whole milk or heavy cream for a super creamy texture.
  • Keep this tomato basil soup vegan & dairy free by adding creamy regular or light coconut milk.
  • Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for tangy, cheesy goodness.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of butter or vegan butter for even richer flavor.

fresh tomato basil soup next to a plate of grilled cheese

How to store homemade tomato basil soup

Store this vegan tomato basil soup recipe in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 4-5 days. Feel free to reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop!

What to serve with this tomato basil soup

Of course,  you’re more than welcome to make a grilled cheese sandwich to go with it. My favorite lately has been sprouted bread, pepper jack, turkey, spinach, sliced tomato, dijon mustard and a drizzle of honey. SO GOOD. Here are some more sides to serve with:

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Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

The best homemade roasted tomato basil soup made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, caramelized onions and optional add-ins for extra creaminess. This easy tomato basil soup recipe is full of flavor and the best way to use up garden tomatoes! You’ll never want to go back to the canned stuff after you try this.

  • For the roasted tomatoes
  • 3
    pounds
    roma or plum tomatoes, cut in half
  • 8
    cloves
    garlic, peeled
  • 3
    tablespoons
    olive oil
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For the caramelized onions:
  • ½
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 2
    yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • Additions to the soup:
  • ½
    cup
    packed basil leaves
  • ½
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 1-2
    cups
    water or vegetarian broth, depending on how thick you want the soup
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional add ins:
  • Light/Regular coconut milk for a creamy vegan soup
  • Whole dairy milk/heavy cream for a creamy texture
  • Parmesan cheese, for a tangy, flavor enhancing flavor
  • A tablespoon or two of butter, for richer flavor
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place halved tomatoes and garlic cloves on the baking sheet and drizzle with 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Generously season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 40-45 minutes.

  2. While the tomatoes are roasting, you can make the caramelized onions: Add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to a large pot and place over medium heat. Add the onion slices and stir to coat the onions with olive oil. Cook, stirring occasionally. Check onions every 5-10 minutes until they have completely caramelized and turned golden in color. This ususally takes 20 minutes.

  3. Once tomatoes and garlic are done roasting, allow them to cool for 10 minutes, then add them to a food processor or high powered blender and blend until smooth. Next add basil and caramelized onions and blend again. Alternatively you can add the tomatoes to the large pot and use an immersion blender. It’s really just about what you have available to you.

  4. After blending, transfer back to pot, turn to medium low heat and add in oregano, vegetarian broth and salt and pepper to taste. From there you can add in any additional add-ons you want (as listed in the ingredients). Allow tomato soup to simmer 10 minutes before serving. To serve, garnish with parmesan cheese and serve with grilled cheese, if desired. Serves 4.

I do not ususally strain the seeds, but you can with a fine mesh strainer if that’s what you prefer.

Nutrition

Servings: 4 servings

Serving size: 1 serving (based on 4)

Calories: 275kcal

Fat: 16.2g

Saturated fat: 1.8g

Carbohydrates: 35g

Fiber: 5.5g

Sugar: 25.7g

Protein: 5.2g



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