Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

This weekend, I had a refresher.

I visited family and friends in Lake Tahoe and took a fresh of breath air.

I meaaaaaaan….a breath of fresh air. It’s Monday, there’s still a little fog in the harbor.

I spent quality time with my bosom buddy, Faith. She painted my nails. I said, “hey girl,” she said “fish tacos” I said “hell yeah.” We made salmon and shrimp tacos. We were chillin out, maxin, relaxin all cool. We drank beer and spoke of girly things. I LOOOOOVE me some Faith.

Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

I did so much and so very little. I cooked with my mom and watched more Grey’s Anatomy than I’ll admit.

I sat on the couch. This never happens.

I went for a gorgeous jog.

The whole weekend was full of Hallmark moments. And feeling inspired, I whipped up some Hallmark-y gems. When I meander around pinterest and see pretty pictures with inspirational quotes, I feel encouraged, so I thought I would make some pin-worthy inspiration myself.

Keep on Dreaming!

I wanted to make one that says, “don’t let the bastards drag you down,” but that doesn’t sound very wholesome. We’ll save that one for a rainy day.

If you get lost...

A note about this soup: It’s simple, makes a HUGE batch (so feel free to scale it down) and it’s just the ticket if you’re like me and are still reconciling your three bowls of ice cream and six beers from the weekend.  There is no cream or milk in the soup, which makes it very acidic. In order to cut the acid, you can add sugar but as an alternative, I added baking soda. The rule of thumb is about ¼ teaspoon baking soda per 6 tomatoes to cut acid.  Just for your knowledge.

Recipe Adapted from Jovial Food’s Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Soup for 15 - 18 people

Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2.5 ounces fresh basil leaves, chopped (or 1.5 teaspoons dried basil)
  • 3 28-ounce cans peeled whole tomatoes, including juices/puree
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sea salt to taste (I added no salt)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, sauté the onion in the olive oil over medium heat until browned, about 10 to 12 minutes
  2. Add the garlic and sauté another 3 minutes
  3. While onion and garlic are sautéing, open your canned tomatoes and dice the whole tomatoes.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and juices/tomato puree to the pot with the sauteed onion and garlic.
  5. Add the vegetable stock, chopped basil and butter. Stir until butter is melted and incorporated.
  6. Add the baking soda. This will cause the soup to bubble up quite a bit, so make sure your pot is big enough to hold a little momentary soup fizz. The bubbles/fizz will die down after a few seconds of stirring.
  7. Bring pot to a full boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
  8. Optional: You can blend part or all of this soup for a smoother consistency, though I like it chunky.
  9. Serve with grated parmesan on top. Seriously. It’s the bomb!
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Chunky Tomato Basil Soup

Comments

  1. says

    Absolutely gorgeous photos girl, I’m in love with that sun(rise/set) one. Sounds like the perfect weekend too :) man now I have to work in a visit out there. We just had your pea soup (again haha) last night for dinner, we love it, I’m a tomato soup addict – can’t wait to try this one!!

    • Julia says

      YES, come visit pretty pretty pleeeease!! I want to see your bright face and go hiking with you and hubs and then go to my favorite burrito place! I’m o glad you guys like the split pea soup! Do you add ham or bacon or anything meaty to it? Thanks

  2. says

    I love tomato basil soup and this one looks great. Tahoe is such a beautiful place. I have only been up there for labor day and every where I looked it was breathtaking. I also love that you threw some Fresh Prince of Bel Air into your post. I started singing before I realized I hadn’t gotten to the best part of your post, the soup! :-)

  3. says

    This soup sounds wonderful! Your entire weekend sounds lovely as well. I love lazy days and nights with family and friends, they refresh me in ways that a spa trip can’t even compare with.

  4. says

    I made this for lunch today and this was some of the most delicious – restaurant style tasting tomato soup that i have ever had. Thanks for the baking soda tip! Sure helped a lot :-) yummy

    • Julia says

      Melissa, I’m so glad you made the soup and enjoyed it! It’s definitely a belly warmer and next time I make it, I’ll be dipping all sorts of paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches in it. :) Thanks for letting me know you made it!!

  5. says

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice,
    keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website
    to come back in the future. Cheers

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