Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup

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I came up with my Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup after my husband had a yearning for a tin of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup but the cupboard was bare. Within 20 or so minutes we were eating my home-made version and as nice as Heinz is you can’t beat freshly made soup for taste and nutrients. Unlike the Heinz version I added carrot, garlic and basil to my soup to give it greater depth of flavour. Hubby’s verdict was that my soup was delicious and I had to agree!

What’s your favourite tinned soup and have you ever tried re-creating it?Β I do hope you try my Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup and let me know what you think in the comments below if you do!


Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup
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Home made Cream of Tomato & Basil Soup is so quick and delicious, you'll wonder why you ever used tinned soup!
Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: British
Serves: 3
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • large knob of butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 400g tin Italian chopped tomatoes
  • 350 mls vegetable stock
  • 75 mls single cream
  • Β½ tsp dried basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • extra cream to swirl
  • extra basil to garnish
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large pan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and garlic and sweat under a lid stirring occasionally until softened (about 10 minutes)
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes, stock, basil, cream and seasoning.
  4. Heat through on a low heat for a few minutes.
  5. Take off the heat and blend with a stick blender.
  6. Serve with a swirl of cream and a pinch of dried basil.

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  1. Lisa Williams

    You can’t beat a classic πŸ™‚ This looks so creamy & yummy!

  2. Paul Wilson

    This year’s tomatoes are growing in the greenhouse as we speak!

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you, I have failed over the years at tomatoe growing, they just grow and then rot!

  3. Kirsty Fox

    Tomato and Basil soup has to be one of my favourites along with carrot and coriander

    1. Camilla

      Me too:-)

  4. tiggerific1973

    I am actually making this tonight for the family to have with cheesy quesadilla’s πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla


  5. William Gould

    Actually had a Heinz tin of this a few weeks ago and loved it! Was going to buy some more, but got the recipe printed off instead…. Thanks

    1. Camilla

      Tinned soup is so expensive these days – much better to make to make a big batch of your own fresh soup:-)

  6. Paul Wilson

    Tomato and Basil is a classic combination.

  7. Maddy

    Can always do with ideas for using tomatoes in September!

  8. Geoff Clark

    a very tasty starter

  9. Carolin

    That looks lovely, and sounds lovely too, and surely it can only taste amazing πŸ™‚

  10. Carolyn Clapham

    We love soup. Even the littlies love it, so I’ll be trying this delicious sounding one one very soon πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Fab, do let me know if they like it:-)

  11. Gail Bennett

    One of my favourite soups! Great recipe … πŸ™‚

  12. Heather Haigh

    Yum – one of my favourite flavour combos.

  13. Maya Russell

    Great recipe. It looks so creamy and delicious.

  14. Ursula Hunt

    Great for cold winter lunches

  15. Tracy Nixon

    I made it today with half the basil and it is really lovely so thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Great, so glad you enjoyed it:-)

  16. katie skeoch

    Bookmarking as I am now the proud owner of a soup maker and am looking for delicious recipes!

    1. Camilla

      Lucky you:-)


    Looks lovely Camilla – love how you can use a tin rather than fresh, which most of us have in the cupboard!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle, yes it’s good to use store cupboard ingredients:-)

  18. Hafsah

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Camilla


  19. Herbert Appleby

    how perfect it would be if office canteens served up soup like your’s to warm us up through the winter.

    1. Camilla

      Well maybe you should ask?

  20. Jayne Sullivan

    My favourite soup. This recipe looks so easy to make. A bonus.

  21. Florence Cross

    I’m trying to avoid tinned soups this year. I’m so conscious of all the added ingredients you wouldn’t have in home-made soups. This soup will be a definite hit in our home,

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it seems to be striking a chord:-)

  22. Ursula Hunt

    Deliciously Heartwarming

  23. Angie Hoggett

    looks yummy thanks for the post xx

  24. Anna-Marie Donnelly

    Made this today and it’s the only soup my daughter (she’s 6) has ever eaten lol…must be fab πŸ™‚

    1. Camilla

      Aah, that’s so lovely to hear. Thank you for taking the time to tell me:-)

  25. kirsten

    This soup looks gorgeous, am going to make this weekend. I love Heinz tomato soup so much, ultimate comfort food, but homemade and fresh beats it hands down!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks and it’s so much cheaper too:-)

  26. smolaki

    love this soup … with fresh baked bread

  27. Andrew Petrie

    Only yesterday a trained chef was telling me that tomato and basil are the perfect combination.Can’t wait to try!

  28. Dawn Canning

    I love ‘frugal’ recipes and this is just the ticket for this weather. Sorry to lower the tone but I love ready salted crisps sprinkled over mine-Walker’s of course!

  29. nolene oneill

    This is my husbands absolute fav

  30. helen booth

    Sounds lovely πŸ™‚ Will have to give it a go!

  31. yolanda davis

    looks amazing; i cant wait to try it.

    1. Camilla


  32. Clare Webb

    I love a bit of tomato soup, especially in this cold drab weather. Even got my eldest hooked, she loves it with half a loaf of bread!

    1. Camilla

      It’s true comfort food isn’t it:)

  33. christy beckett

    My family love tomato soup, I shall try adding some basil as its one of my favorite herbs x

  34. Laura Wilce

    Gorgeous! I do love tomato soup, so this is going on the list of easy and healthy things to try this month!

    1. Camilla


  35. Herbert Appleby

    mmmmm delish!! food art.

    1. Camilla

      How nice, I always say cooking is so great as it’s the culmination of art and science:-)

  36. Jacqueline Meldrum

    Slurp! It looks good Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacs:-)

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  38. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds lovely – tomato soup is my favourite – though I may omit the basil and add more fresh ground black pepper!

    1. Camilla

      OK as it’s you:-)

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