If you’re looking for the best tomato soup recipes that are still easy to make, well, you’ve found it. Tomato soup is the crowning glory of the tomato. Everything about it stands out for its pure tomato flavour. This is straight up comfort food. It brings back the fondest childhood memories of playing on the swing, not knowing the inconveniences and challenges of life, and loving every minute of it. With grilled cheese in one hand and a spoon in the other, the world is back to normal. Isn’t that what food is made with love?
This soup is great for freezing. You can easily make a double or triple batch in one large pot, or simply freeze your leftovers. Just be sure to let the soup cool completely before freezing, as it’s not a good idea to put hot or hot items in the freezer. Our favorite way to freeze soup is to scoop it into a resealable plastic freezer bag. Seal bags, label appropriately, and freeze flat.
To thaw, simply place the soup in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, rinse the sealed outer part of the bag with warm water until it can easily break down into pieces. Then transfer the still-frozen pieces to a covered saucepan or stockpot. Heat over medium heat until thawed and heated through.
Canned vs Fresh Tomatoes:
Canned tomatoes are a great option for making quick and easy tomato soup. Tomatoes are kept at their peak of freshness so you can enjoy them year-round. We prefer to use fire roasted tomatoes for extra flavor.
Fresh tomatoes always taste great, but it does take a little more work. To roast tomatoes, you can use an outdoor grill or oven. Whatever you decide, preheat to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. To prepare tomatoes, you wash, cut off the stem ends, and cut the tomatoes in half lengthwise. Place cut side down on a grill basket for an outdoor grill or on a baking sheet in the oven and drizzle with olive oil. Grill in preheated grill/oven until charred. The grill will be fast, so keep an eye on it. In the oven, it takes about 30-40 minutes to sear. Let them cool before proceeding with the recipe.
Dairy-Free Options for Tomato Basil Soup:
If you’re looking for dairy-free options, you’re in luck! Plant-based products have come a long way, and you can now find dairy-free “cream” in specialty stores, often right next to standard cream. If you can’t find anything, many grocery stores have their own vegan/vegetarian section where they stock everything, or you may need to go to a natural foods store.