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Chunky Tomato Basil Soup
Chunky Tomato Basil Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Author: Julia
  • 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 whole peeled tomatoes including juices/puree
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • sea salt I added no salt
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  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!