This comforting easy tomato soup requires just a few inexpensive pantry staples and comes together in 30 minutes. It's tasty and genuinely silky (without using any dairy!), and it's also vegan, low calorie, gluten free, low carb and packed with health benefits.Quantities yield 3 small servings (a bit more than 1 cup each)
Keyword: easy tomato soup
1Tbspolive oil or extra virgin olive oil
1medium-sized onion (any color), peeled and sliced
1 pinchsalt & pepper
2 cans(28oz in total)canned whole tomatoes (diced are ok too)
¾ cup(180 ml)vegetable broth or water
¼tsp fine salt, plus more to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
sugar, to taste (optional)
1 handfulbasil leaves (optional)
Heat the olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven, add the onion, a pinch of salt, some cracked black pepper, and saute' over medium-heat until the onion is soft and sweet (translucent, and not too brown). It takes about 7-8 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, broth, salt, and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid, cook for about 20 minutes, and stir occasionally.
Turn the heat off, let it cool for a few minutes, taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. You might want to add a pinch of sugar at this point to balance the acidity of the tomatoes, that varies from brand to brand.
Add a handful of basil leaves, and blend until smooth using an immersion blender or transferring the soup to a blender. Be careful, the steam is hot.
Divide the soup into 3 bowls, add some freshly cracked pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, and serve with crusty bread.
Leftovers: it keeps well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. It’s also freezable: place any leftover tomato soup in an airtight container (leaving 1-inch space at the top), and freeze up to 3 months.
Seasoning: If you use a broth that tastes quite salty on its own, it’s important to adjust the seasoning at the end and not at the beginning as you never really know how strong the salt from the broth is. I used ¼ tsp of fine salt with low sodium vegetable broth.
NOTE: Please note that the nutrition values are based on an online nutrition calculator. It’s an estimate only and it should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition values are for one serving (a bit more than 1 cup), and the final drizzle of olive oil is not included.