Rich and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup


This tomato basil soup uses real butter, fresh basil, and heavy cream, which are the secrets to the richness of this soup.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
45 mins

This tomato and basil soup recipe features fresh ingredients, a decadent texture, and tons of flavor. 

How to Make Tomato Basil Soup

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Tomato Basil Soup Ingredients

These are the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this fresh tomato basil soup recipe at home: 

  • Tomatoes: Start with four peeled, seeded, and diced tomatoes. 
  • Tomato juice: Cook the diced tomatoes in four cups of tomato juice. 
  • Basil: You’ll need 14 leaves of fresh basil. 
  • Cream: Heavy whipping cream creates a rich and creamy texture. 
  • Butter: A stick of butter adds to the richness and lends flavor. 
  • Seasonings: The tomato basil soup is simply seasoned with salt and pepper. 

How Do You Make Tomato Basil Soup? 

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make homemade tomato basil soup: 

  1. Simmer the tomatoes in tomato juice. 
  2. Remove from heat, stir in the basil, and puree with an immersion blender.
  3. Stir in the cream and butter.
  4. Season and serve hot. 
looking at two bowls of rich and creamy tomato basil soup garnished with croutons and fresh basil


What to Serve With Tomato Basil Soup

For delicious serving inspiration, explore our collection of 18 Recipes to Eat With Tomato Soup. Here are a few of the crowd-pleasing recipes you’ll fine: 

How to Store Tomato Basil Soup

Allow the tomato basil soup to cool completely, then store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Reheat thoroughly in the microwave or on the stove. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“This soup is easy, decadent, and delicious,” raves lcosta1097. “My friend said it was the best soup he has ever had. I'm making it for the second time in one week. I made sourdough breadcrumbs which were good in it.”

“This was incredible,” according to Wendy Jackson. “I used both Roma and Kumato tomatoes, removed seeds but left skin on. Other than the skin, I followed the recipe exactly. I usually modify recipes after making them the first time, but I wouldn't change a single thing with this.”

“This soup is amazing and exactly what you’d expect from an upscale restaurant,” says Nichole Evans. “Just a note for my fellow lactose intolerant peeps; my family cannot have heavy cream so I replaced it with coconut milk (the kind you get in a can). I don’t think anyone would ever be able to tell the difference.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 4 tomatoes - peeled, seeded and diced

  • 4 cups tomato juice

  • 14 leaves fresh basil

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ cup butter

  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    All ingredients gathered to make rich and creamy tomato basil soup.

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  2. Place tomatoes and juice in a stockpot over medium heat; bring to a simmer. Cook until tomatoes have softened, about 30 minutes.

    Tomatoes and juice softened after simmering in a stockpot.

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  3. Remove the pot from heat. Add basil leaves to the pot.

    Basil leaves added to pot of tomatoes.

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  4. Use an immersion blender to purée soup until smooth.

    An immersion blender used to purée soup until smooth.

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  5. Stir in heavy cream and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted, about 5 minutes. Do not boil. Season with salt and pepper.

    Heavy cream and butter added until butter has melted.

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

    looking at two bowls of rich and creamy tomato basil soup garnished with croutons and fresh basil


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
45g Fat
17g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 45g 58%
Saturated Fat 28g 142%
Cholesterol 143mg 48%
Sodium 217mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 61mg 304%
Calcium 85mg 7%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 905mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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