This Tomato Basil Soup is perfectly creamy, flavorful, and delicious. Simple to make and ready in 20 minutes.

I love how fast and easy this tomato basil soup recipe is to serve. This truly is the best-ever tomato soup.

tomato soup topped with cheese and toasted bread served in a white bowl

This tomato basil soup it reminds me of my childhood because I pretty much grew up on grilled cheese and tomato soup. It wasn’t until I made homemade tomato soup that I fell in love with this traditional combination. I thought tomato soup was okay, but I never thought it was amazingly delicious.

I learned that my mom hated tomato soup when I made this recipe for my family and my parents. I served her a bowl of this deliciousness and was so excited for her to try it. When she told me she hated tomato soup, I almost gasped. I was like, but we ate it all the time, and then she told me how it went, and, well, basically, my memory was flawed.

My mom said that it was my dad who loves tomato soup and only made it for him, that she never actually had the soup. What?!

While my mom hated tomato soup, she tried mine. I think because she felt bad and guess what, friends? She loved it!

tomato basil soup in white bowl with cheese and toasted bread

Our entire family loves this soup, and it is a massive win over here to please seven people. Only one other soup comes in with those same reviews: my Sicilian Chicken Soup.

And let’s be honest, dinner ready in 20 minutes makes this recipe stand out. But the best part of the soup is the sautéed garlic and shallots combined with broken-up whole tomatoes, giving this soup a rustic feel and robust flavor.

tomato Basil Soup Recipe Tips

  • Storing: Store tomato soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days, or freeze it for longer-term storage, ensuring it’s completely cooled before freezing.
  • Fresh Basil: For the best flavor, use fresh basil leaves rather than dried basil, and add them near the end of cooking to preserve their aromatic qualities.
  • Blending: Use an immersion blender or carefully transfer the soup in batches to a regular blender for a smooth and creamy consistency.
  • Cream Options: Adjust the creaminess to your preference by adding heavy cream, half-and-half, or a dairy-free alternative like coconut milk; remember to do this after blending to avoid curdling.
  • So whether it is cold outside or you are just looking for a quick and easy meal, try this Tomato Basil Soup. Simple meals like this Tomato Basil Soup are a lifesaver during busy weeknights.

What is the difference between tomato soup and tomato basil soup?

Tomato basil soup is similar to tomato soup but a bit thicker and more basil-y. Both are incredibly delicious and great with grilled cheese.

Now, tomato soup is less thick than tomato bisque. Tomato bisque uses more whipping cream and chicken or vegetable broth; tomato soup is made with only tomatoes and chicken or vegetable stock.

white bowl with tomato soup and crostini on top

Recipe Ingredients

Tomato basil soup typically includes ingredients such as tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, garlic, onions, vegetable or chicken broth, and cream for a creamy version, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Garlic
  • Yellow onion
  • Olive oil
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Whole tomatoes
  • Chicken broth
  • Sea salt
  • Sugar
  • Ground black pepper
  • Heavy cream or half-n-half
  • Fresh basil julienned
  • Parmesan cheese

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20-Minute Creamy Tomato & Basil Soup

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 71 kcal
This Tomato & Basil Soup is perfectly creamy, flavorful, and delicious. Simple to make and ready in 20-minutes.
20-MINUTE CREAMY TOMATO BASIL SOUP is a classic comfort food and the is best tomato soup, thanks to 2 secret ingredients.


  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion or shallots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 14 ounces canned whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream or half-n-half
  • 4 tablespoons fresh basil julienned
  • parmesan cheese


  • In a medium to large saucepan add olive oil over medium heat, sauté garlic and shallots for 3 minutes or until shallots are translucent. Stir in the crushed tomatoes.
  • Add in the whole tomatoes one at a time, breaking them up by squeezing them as you put them into the pan, make sure to stir in the juice from the cans as well.
  • Stir in chicken stock, salt, pepper, and sugar until combined then allow it to cook over medium for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Once it has cooked for 10 minutes reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream and chopped basil. Simmer for a few minutes, then serve.
  • Optional toppings like parmesan cheese, grilled cheese, toasted bread, and chopped basil make great additions.


Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 681mgPotassium: 99mgVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 6.6mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.3mg
20-MINUTE CREAMY TOMATO BASIL SOUP is a classic comfort food and the is best tomato soup, thanks to 2 secret ingredients.
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  1. Hi old neighbor! I just love your blog and this was delicious! Probably the best tomato soup I’ve ever tasted. This is going to quickly become a staple in our house 🙂

  2. I just made this for my wife and substituted a can of diced tomatoes instead of whole. I also pureed it in our Vitamix blender. This is by far the best tomato basil bisque we have ever eaten.

  3. I made this soup tonight for dinner and found the recipe super easy to follow for someone who is cooking challenged! I took one of the commenters suggestions and added a little extra heavy cream. it was delicious! Next time, I’m making a double batch.

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorite recipes! I made this creamy tomato basil soup probably thousands of times. It offers tremendous texture and is as simple as soups get. Plus, it tastes perfect even on day 2 and day 3. My kiddos prefer to pour a little soup into a mug and microwave it to have a light meal.
    Thank you a lot for sharing this fab recipe. Highly recommend everyone to give this a try.
    p.s. I love your blog! Look forward to your new awesome ideas.

  5. Love this recipe. I’ve made it a half dozen times for various people and everyone has loved it every time. So good. Never buy tomato soup again – make it yourself every time.

  6. What a nice, quick recipe for tomato soup. I like mine more on the tart, salty side, so I usually add less or no sugar. I love how you garnished it with the parmesan flakes.

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