Simple tomato basil soup

Simple tomato basil soup

I went to the farmers market today and picked up two pounds of tomatoes.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them, but they looked so good, I had to have them.
When I got home, I opened the fridge and saw I still had a bunch of basil.  Well, there was my answer.  Tomato basil soup.  Easy and tasty!  This recipe is enough for two, and you can keep it nice and chunky, or use an immersion blender and make it smooth.


1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 cup red bell pepper, chopped into 1/4 inch pieces 
2 lbs. tomatoes, washed, and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces.
1 cup veggie stock
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup loose packed basil, sliced thin (I measure after I slice)

In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, saute onions, peppers and garlic until they start to become translucent, about 5 minutes.  Stir often to prevent sticking.  Add tomatoes, stock, onion powder and cumin and stir well.
Cover and reduce heat to medium low.  Cook for 20-25 minutes covered.
After 20-25 minutes, remove lid and stir well.  The tomatoes should have broken down well at this point.  Remove from heat and add the basil, stir well.
Check for salt and pepper at this point.  Also if you want to puree at this point, do so. 
Serve right away with some nice crispy bread.  Most of all, enjoy!


  1. I love tomato soup but it is hard to find good ones without heavy cream in them. That is why I try to avoid restaurants and when I meet my girlfriends, we end up in health food stores, mostly "Whole Foods" and "Erewhon" where we can choose our own food carefully, looking at the ingredients.
    I found those cauliflower recipes and I thought you might enjoy the lentil burger. I guess it is possible to make a cauliflower pizza crust without the egg and use flax seeds. All the recipes look really good.
    Happy Memorial day Michael and thank you again for you lovely, healthy, easy recipes!
    (I didn't want to post this long message on The McDougall FB wall).

  2. My soup is simmering now...ahhhh
    ...smells heavenly! Making mock tuna sandwiches to go with it!

    Thank you for the recipes!

  3. Ok...I made the soup but I soaked 1/2 C raw cashews in 1/2 c water for 30 minutes and blended it up in my vitamix. Then I added the cooked soup contents into the vitamix along with the basil and it made a smooth, creamy tomato soup! My husband LOVED it! He said it would taste good over spaghetti. Just so you husband has not been excited about eating my his way. So consider it a HUGE compliment!

    1. It's always a huge success when the spouse enjoys the food! That sounds like a great idea, I will have to try that this week!!

  4. Ok...tonight I tweaked it a little bit more and came up with Butter Chick'n!

    Instead of basil I added garam masala, ginger and cinnamon. I did the cashew thing again. Then tossed in soy curls! I've never used soy curls before. They weren't too bad! Anyway Dennis went back for seconds...again!

    Thank you for your wonder recipes!!!

  5. This really only serves 2? Planning to make this tonight for my family of four and just realized that it only serves 2. Well, here's hoping it will actually serve 4. I may increase the veggie stock.


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