creamy tomato basil soup with grilled cheese and silver spoon

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • Author: Tara Kuczykowski
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stovetop


This creamy tomato basil soup recipe is a total copycat of my favorite soup at First Watch! Perfect paired with a hot and fresh classic grilled cheese sandwich…


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 (28 oz.) cans whole tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • additional salt & pepper, to taste


  1. In a French oven, sauté onions and garlic in butter over medium heat until translucent. Stir in tomato paste and cook while stirring until it starts to brown.
  2. Pour in the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pot with a wooden spatula or spoon to remove any caramelized brown bits.
  3. Add both cans of tomatoes, including juice, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup right in the pot, or transfer the tomato mixture in batches to blender or food processor to process.
  5. After mixture is pureed, add in basil and pulse a few times to incorporate. Then whisk in heavy cream and add additional salt and pepper to taste.


Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.