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Rustic Tomato Basil Soup, prepared and served in a bowl with basil leaves on top
Serving Size
Serving Size:
1 cup

Rustic Tomato Basil Soup


Enjoy all the flavors of your backyard garden in this delicious soup.



  • 2½ pounds fresh, ripe tomatoes, halved
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 10 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (14½-ounce) cans fire-roasted tomatoes with juices
  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 6 cups unsalted vegetable stock
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, depending on sweetness of tomatoes


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large rimmed sheet pan, combine the fresh tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in an even layer for 45 to 60 minutes. While tomatoes are roasting, in a heavy large pot, saute onions in olive oil for one minute. Add garlic and saute another minute. Add the fire-roasted tomatoes with juices, fresh basil, oregano and vegetable stock. Stir to combine well.

Add your oven-roasted tomatoes (and any liquid that may be on baking sheet) and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 30 minutes uncovered. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree soup until desired texture. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar to taste, if needed. Add additional salt and/or black pepper as needed.

Dietary and Nutrition


Tomatoes are known for their high amounts of lycopene, which is a carotenoid pigment that gives tomatoes their red color. Lycopene is linked to reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and is better absorbed if the tomatoes have been cooked or canned.

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Many people grow tomatoes in their traditional or container gardens. With a good year, you may want to preserve some tomatoes to enjoy during the winter.

This recipe was analyzed for nutrition using Food Processor SQL Nutrition and Fitness Software and tested in the kitchen.