Harvest Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Harvest Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When I tasted this soup, I knew I wanted the recipe. Sarah was happy to share it along with the story of how it came into being. Sarah’s son Dan wanted to have a soup shack as opposed to a lemonade stand in the middle of the summer. Sarah said, “Each time the topic surfaced again we discussed it further and slowly developed a plan for him. There was plenty of opportunity to talk about many aspects of having a business as well as his ultimate purpose for doing so (which he is still trying to figure out as are we). The plan included a manageable effort in that he would make soup on the first Saturday of each month for four months and sell by pre-orders. We picked the best four months of the year, September through December. We decided on a small variety of soups and then came up with what we hoped would be catchy names for them.”  Thank you so much Sarah and Dan for sharing with us!

Harvest Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 medium sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, WITH juice
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed (fat free cream cheese tastes just as good, can't tell the difference as its all mixed in and just makes it nicely creamy).
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender.
  2. Stir in tomatoes, soup, milk, sugar, basil, paprika and garlic powder.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in cream cheese until melted.
  5. Serve Immediately.
Hint
  1. I usually put some of the warm soup in the blender with the cream cheese to mix – then add back into the soup mixture.
NOTE
  1. If you don't like tomato chunks then blend the tomatoes before starting. Also depending on desire the onions can be chopped to desired size. I like big chunks of tomatoes and onions so I chop mine big.