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Simply Basic Tomato Soup

Here is my basic everyday tomato soup recipe.

It goes great with a warm grilled cheese on a cold winter day. 🙂

Simply Basic Tomato Soup

Tamara at Yarn & Chocolate


  • 1 Onion; peeled and chopped in 1/2 moons a white or yellow onion
  • 2 carrots; the long kind - minced you can also sub in 1 cup baby carrots
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dried basil
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup Croutons
  • 2 ounces Parmesan cheese; shaved


  • Cook the onions in the oil with a pinch of kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper in a large pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and cook for about 10 minutes more -- they take a while to soften!
  • Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, dried basil and a plethora of fresh thyme sprigs. Simmer until soup begins to thicken -- approx. 10 to 15 minutes -- but really "until it looks right" lol . . . . I know that's not really exact 😉 but do your best.
  • Transfer to a blender and puree until smooth. Top with the croutons and Parmesan before serving.


**I served this with a muenster grilled cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread, so I made the croutons out of pumpernickel bread 🙂 and it was DELICIOUS!

This recipe was inspired by a tomato soup recipe posted on the Real Simple website in January 2013.

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