Tomato Basil Soup (and Mix)

This soup has been one of my personal favorite recipes.  I was inspired many years ago to duplicate the flavor of a tomato basil soup I had at a popular restaurant chain and ended up with this easy to prepare soup that I can even package as a mix for my pantry or to give as a gift.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


2 teaspoons dry basil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 cup tomato powder (see resource below)
1 cup powdered milk
2 tablespoons vegetarian / vegetable soup base (OR..chicken base works well too)
2 teaspoons sugar
{the above ingredients can be bagged as a dry mix and kept in the pantry for quick use in the future}
3 1/4 cups water
2 cups milk
1 cup (8 oz) heavy whipping cream
I love having several jars of this
soup mix in the pantry...
they make great gifts ~ just add a bow!
Parmesan cheese for a garnish

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adding cream at the end
sweetens the final result
and makes for a decadent
cream soup.
  1. Place the milk, water and dry ingredients into a soup pot and slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Don't rush it or you might scorch the milk.  Stir occasionally while bringing to a simmer to further avoid scorching. 
  2. When a slight simmer is reached, turn to low and let the soup cook about 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  3. If you want to add the whipping cream (which I HIGHLY recommend...cause it's really that way!) it now.  Just stir it in and then it's ready to serve. 
  4. Serve immediately, garnishing with shredded Parmesan as desired.  

Tami's Tip:
In my home, my husband and I are the only ones interested in having a bowlful, but that doesn't stop me from making it!  I just plan to COOK ONCE / SERVE TWICE! This soup is easily converted into an amazing sauce for pasta and my kids LOVE that version of the recipe.   It's as simple as 1, 2, 3....

  1. Reheat the remaining soup in a large skillet, using medium heat and stirring to prevent scorching. 
  2. When it comes to a slow simmer, add a little flour at a time, whisking with each addition, until you reach a desired consistency for sauce.
  3. Boil some pasta or tortellini (we LOVE this with frozen cheese tortellini) and serve with the finish sauce.  YUM! 

Tomato Basil Bread

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Stocking the Pantry with Soup Mixes

Find more recipes for Homemade Soup Mixes HERE...look for the Soups eCookbook. 

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