Cookbook:Tomato Basil Soup with Garlic Toasts

Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes This soup is comfort food at it's best. You know, get all cozy in the sofa, turn on your favorite flick, that kind of thing.


  • 1 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 18 oz. tomato juice
  • 2 large bunches fresh basil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 on the bias (1/2 inch thick) slices either French bread or Italian bread
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbs kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tbs freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced


  • An immersion blender
  • A toaster oven
  • A basting brush


  1. Combine paste, juice, cream, broth, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp pepper, and diced tomatoes in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid has reduced by 1/3.
  3. Using an immersion blender, pureé soup until smooth. Keep warm over low heat.
  4. Toast bread slices in the toaster oven. The second they come out, brush slices with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic and remaining salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Add basil leaves to tomato pureé and let steep for 5 minutes over low heat. Remove leaves.
  6. Garnish individual bowls with sprigs of basil and serve warm with garlic toast.