'After bringing this six-ingredient soup to a teachers' function, I had so many requests for the recipe that it was published in the school newsletter,' relates Sarah Perkins of Southlake, Texas. 'I serve the rich soup in mugs with a Caesar salad and crusty bread.'

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5 mins
15 mins
20 mins
9 servings


Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • In a large saucepan, bring the tomatoes and broth to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add basil and sugar. Reduce heat to low; stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted.


Nutrition Facts

242 calories; protein 3.7g; carbohydrates 14.1g; fat 20.6g; cholesterol 64.3mg; sodium 506mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (803)

Rating: 5 stars
This is a delicious recipe - if you tweak it a bit! I originally made it exactly as it was but it had too much butter and I didn't like the sweet taste. So, I used 2 cans of tomatoes, 16oz of chicken broth, 1 cup heavy cream, 6 tablespoons butter and added basil and pepper to taste. Came out fabulous. I make it atleast once a week so I have it on hand for a quick lunch or an addition to dinner!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is so good! I used half and half instead of cream and 3 T of butter after reading the other reviews, still delicious. Great recipe and so easy. UPDATE: If I don't have half and half I use milk and it's still awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I was completely stunned at how stupid easy and stupid good this turned out to be. I figured only 1 tsp. of sugar wouldn't be enough to cut the acidity of the tomato, so i put a total of 3 tsp. in for good measure, and it turned out perfect!! I ate this with a plain ol' grilled cheese sandwich and it was ridiculously tasty. I tried this with the dried basil since my store was out of fresh, and it was STILL awesome! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This is a very good base recipe but I found it to be too bland so these are the changes I made: Add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Mince a medium sized onion and saute it for a few minutes before adding to the tomatoes and broth mixture. Double the amount of basil. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My husband and I both thought this was fantastic, and honestly better than our favorite soup joint. I wasn't a huge fan of all the fat though, so I used less than half of the butter it called for, and part half-and-half w/ part milk instead of heavy cream. It had great taste and was still creamy, but much healthier. For my own taste, I added salt, pepper, a little extra sugar, and sauteed onions and garlic. I think the additions and substitutions made it a five - added a lot of flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Deliciously rich and flavorful. Because I used my own crushed tomatoes put up from my garden, there was no need to use any sugar. I also used homemade chicken broth. Creamy and fresh tasting, we just loved this, and hubs even helped himself to a rare second helping! With all these good fresh ingredients, what's not to like? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Who knew such a simple recipe could be sooo good? Yum. I cut the butter by 2 TB (6 TB instead of 8) and used 1/2 c milk and 1/2 c cream instead of all cream. This was fabulous. Tastes like the tomato basil bisque from a bistro we love. I'm pretty sure my husband had 3 bowls of it. Definitely try it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great and we'll definitely be making it again. I didn't have fresh basil so I used dried and used half n half instead of cream. Delish! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Very good! I substituted milk for the cream and it was still very delicious and satisfying. Read More