Blended Heirloom Tomato Soup with Basil

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Author Notes: While I like traditional cooked tomato soup as much as the next person, I think this raw tomato basil soup is even better, especially when you can make it with seasonal organic tomatoes. It’s a bit like a gazpacho, but with a paired down list of ingredients. It’s also easier to make than most gazpacho recipes. I grow a very large variety of heirloom tomatoes in my garden, so I like to mix different colored tomatoes in this soup. A combination of red and yellow tomatoes yields a soup that looks remarkably similar to a cream-based one. - WinnieAbWinnieAb

Food52 Review: A very simple and lovely soup, especially with the avocado on top. - CeciliaThe Editors

Serves 1-2

  • 4 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 1 Tb. bottled sun-dried tomatoes in oil (or 3 sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in warm water to hydrate for 15-20 minutes, and then drained plus 2 tsp. olive oil)
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • additional fresh basil and diced avocado for garnish- optional
  1. Place all ingredients, except those for the garnish, in a blender (I use a "Blendtec") and process until fairly smooth. If you want it to be completely pureed, blend away until it’s the consistency you like; I personally prefer it to retain some texture. Pour into bowl(s) and add diced avocado and additional fresh basil to garnish, if desired. Serves 1-2; I can easily eat this whole recipe myself.

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about 5 years ago vivisue

Oh, Winnie! Tomato Soup - the ultimate comfort food for me! Can't wait and, judging by ellenl's comments, I'd better make a double batch so my husband can have a fighting chance at getting a taste! LOL! Wonderful!


about 5 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks, friend!


about 5 years ago dymnyno

Quick question (your soup looks and sound delicious) What are the flavors of different colored, zebra, black, burgundy...what do you taste? Does the color make a difference?


about 5 years ago WinnieAb

Hi Dymnyno,
The different colored heirlooms do have subtle taste differences. I generally use very ripe yellow and red tomatoes, because they taste the most, well, tomato-like! Green tomatoes are a bit tart, so I wouldn't necessarily use those. But you can use your favorite(s), whatever the color, just as long as they are very ripe!


about 5 years ago ellenl

This was just wonderful and I ate the whole batch myself! Thanks so much. And what a bonus that it's so quick and easy to make.


about 5 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.