Well folks, it’s no secret… It’s cold outside. At least here in North Carolina it is (I envy those of you in warmer temperatures). What’s the best way to warm up? With warm+hearty foods like this tomato basil soup!
One of my favorite “weekend foods” growing up was a nice, lightly browned, ooey, gooey, melty, grilled cheese. My dad used to make them for us when I was younger, until I was old enough to make them myself. To this day I still love a tasty grilled cheese, I just “veganize” it by using my fav Chao cheese and vegan butter. For years I heard that tomato basil soup and grilled cheese were a match made in heaven. I know I’m late to the game, but I’m JUST getting into the whole soup thing. I never liked chicken noodle soup or anything of the like growing up, but I’ve now walked into the light!
I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it a million times more, but making the switch to a plant-based diet has encouraged me to revisit meals or foods I didn’t like in the past. Hence, this recipe. Y’all, I’m so glad I made this tomato basil soup! Not only is it filling, flavorful, and delish, but it’s super easy to make. Oh, and it’s DIVINE paired with a grilled cheese. The first day I ate it, I was pleasantly surprised. The next day I was dancing my way down to the kitchen for a repeat! I topped it with a little vegan parm and I was in heaven!
Want to know my favorite part? It makes SO much! At least 6 servings depending on how greedy you are 🙂 If you’re looking to warm up this winter, try this simple tomato basil soup (paired with a grilled cheese of course)! After you try it, let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Simple Tomato+Basil Soup
- 2 tbsp olive oil (optional- sub for water)
- 1 large white onion diced
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp agave
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 5 large fresh basil leaves roughly chopped
- 3 whole bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt to taste
- ¼-½ tsp black pepper
- In a large pot, add the olive oil (or sub water) and sauté diced onion and garlic over medium heat until the onions have been cooked.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and simmer for about 30 minutes, then remove bay leaves.
- Let cool for a few minutes, then add the mixture to a large blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Note: This may be ideal to do in small batches depending on your equipment. I would also hold the lid down firmly just in case pressure builds up and it decides to fly off. No one wants a messy kitchen!