Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is a perfect blend of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and roasted peppers, all cooked to perfection. This soup has a rich flavor, with just a hint of sweetness from the balsamic vinegar. Paired with a grilled cheese sandwich or crispy croutons, it is a great recipe for any time of year.
Have you ever made tomato basil soup from scratch? If this is your first time, you will love how simple it is to make a perfect roasted tomato bisque in your own kitchen.
All you do is place tomatoes and other ingredients on a sheet pan to roast in the oven. Roasting makes the flavors of the vegetables more intense. Then you simmer everything together in broth, and blend it all together.
That’s all you do to make the best roasted tomato basil soup.
And it’s not only delicious, it is packed with vitamins and nutrients from all the simple ingredients used, this easy roasted tomato basil soup is a healthy and nourishing side dish.
So whether you need a new family favorite recipe, or you just need some warm soup for a cold day, this homemade roasted tomato basil soup is a perfect dish to serve as a simple side or as the main course when you want a beautiful bowl of soup.
What Is Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is a tomato-based soup that first roasts vegetables in the oven then mixes it into a soup. So you get perfectly char roasted tomatoes, bell peppers, and onions. Then you mix in broth and seasonings and simmer it more to give you a classic comfort food you will reach for again and again.
What Ingredients Are in Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
- Roma Tomatoes: also called Italian plum tomatoes, this tomato has more meat and less seeds making it perfect for sauces and soups
- Red Bell Peppers: the sweetness of the pepper balances the acidity of the tomatoes
- Yellow Onion: onions give a mild, savory taste to the base of any homemade soup
- Garlic: roasting whole cloves of garlic changes the sharp garlic flavor to something earthy and even pulls out the natural sweetness of the garlic
- Fresh Thyme: a sprig of fresh thyme gives you a small herbal that you can taste in each bite and smell through your whole house
- Olive Oil: this is what you use in your oven roasted vegetables to help them not stick to the pan
- Balsamic Vinegar: this adds just a touch of tanginess that helps to balance the natural sweetness of the vegetables
- Salt: this balances all the flavors in the soup to give you a perfect soup pot every time
- Black Pepper: pepper adds earthy flavors and helps your body absorb the nutrients of everything else you eat
- Tomato Paste: this deepens the tomato flavor in the soup
- Vegetable Stock: provides a savory base for the soup
- Fresh Basil: this adds a beautiful garnish that adds to the flavor; basil and tomatoes are perfect partners because each of them brings out the flavors of the other
Pro Tip: I like my roasted tomato soup recipe to use veggie broth so it can be a perfect balance of only vegetables. It also makes vegan roasted tomato basil soup.
But if you prefer chicken broth or homemade chicken stock, use that to add a different flavor base to your soup. But it will no longer be vegan.
How Do I Make Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
- Roast the Vegetables with garlic, thyme, and vinegar in a single layer skin side up on a baking sheet. Roast until cooked through and lightly charred.
- In a large pot or dutch oven, combine olive oil and tomato paste.
- Add the roasted vegetables and juices, followed by vegetable broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer.
- Using a handheld immersion blender or food processor, blend the soup until smooth and creamy.
- Serve immediately; garnished with fresh basil leaves.
Can I Freeze Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
Yes, you can freeze homemade roasted tomato basil soup. Let the soup cool completely, then put it in a freezer safe container or bags. It can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.
Pro Tip: Make sure to leave some space in your container since the soup will expand when frozen.
What Is the Best Way to Store Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
Store homemade roasted tomato basil soup in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to five days.
When reheating, gently warm the soup on the stove top over medium heat, stirring as you heat so it doesn’t burn. Add fresh basil to give fresh taste to the roasted tomoato soup with basil.
Is It Possible to Make Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup Without Cream?
Yes you can; this homemade roasted tomato basil soup recipe doesn’t use cream. The roasted vegetables and vegetable broth create a naturally creamy texture.
However, if you prefer a creamy roasted tomato basil soup or just like the look of a cream garnish, you can add a splash of heavy cream or coconut milk during the blending or serving process.
What Side Dishes Go Well with Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
Tomato Basil Soup goes well with so many other dishes, like:
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: easy tomato basil soup and a gooey grilled cheese sandwich is a classic combination that everyone loves
- Garlic Bread: toasted garlic bread complements the soup’s flavors and adds a great crunchy texture
- Salad: a fresh green salad is a perfect side to a hearty bowl of roasted tomato soup with garlic
- Bruschetta: crusty bruschetta topped with chopped tomatoes, garlic, and fresh basil on the side gives you a perfect tomato focused meal
Can I Use Canned Tomatoes for Homemade Roasted Tomato Basil Soup?
You can use canned tomatoes as a substitute for roasted tomato soup with basil, but it will change the taste of the soup. Fresh tomatoes will give you the best flavor and texture.
If you are using canned, use whole canned tomatoes and drain the liquid before roasting in the oven. Canned tomatoes will roast faster than fresh tomatoes since they don’t have skin and are partially cooked.
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- Onion Cheese Soup
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This easy-to-make recipe combines the robust flavors of roasted tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and fresh basil. Perfectly balanced and rich in taste, roasted tomato bisque is a comforting dish that will warm your heart with every spoonful.
- 8 Roma tomatoes, cut in half
- 2 red bell peppers, quartered
- 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
- 8 whole garlic cloves
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
- 4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
- 6 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
- Heat oven to 400*F
- On a rimmed sheet pan, combine tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, thyme, balsamic vinegar and 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Toss to combine.
- Turn peppers and tomatoes skin side up.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, until cooked through and skins are lightly charred.
- Remove from the oven.
- In a large pot add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil and tomato paste. Mix well.
- Add in the entire contents of the sheet pan, juices and all to the soup pot. Mix well.
- Add in vegetable stock and mix well.
- Bring mixture to a boil.
- Once at a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, add fresh basil and use a handheld immersion blender to blend up contents or pour soup contents into a high speed blender and blend well. If using a blender this may take a few batches and will be HOT.
- Serve immediately with your favorite grilled cheese sandwich or croutons and chopped basil leaves on top.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1028mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g