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30-Minutes Tomato Herb Soup (A Healthy Choice)

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Indulge in a bowl of our Tomato Herb Soup, a symphony of rich, robust flavors that will transport you to a cozy Italian trattoria. Plump, ripe tomatoes are simmered to perfection, their natural sweetness and acidity melding together in a harmonious dance. The addition of fragrant herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme infuses the soup with a depth of flavor that is simply irresistible. Each spoonful is a comforting embrace, a testament to the beauty and simplicity of classic Italian cuisine.

Welcome to the heart of culinary exploration, where we aim to elevate the humble yet flavorsome Tomato Herb Soup to the spotlight it deserves.

Handpicked vine-ripened tomatoes, a medley of aromatic herbs, and a dash of craftsmanship converge in this traditional delicacy, taking it from simple to sensational.

Tomato Herb Soup

There’s a captivating story simmering within each bowl of this radiant soup. From the sun-soaked tomato fields that color the Italian countryside to the vibrant local markets laden with piquant herbs – every ingredient boasts an extraordinary journey.

Our version is steeped in such tales, brought to life through our kitchen’s unique blend of innovation and tradition.

Understanding the nuanced complexity of this dish not only enriches your gastronomic experience and provides a nutrient-rich meal that champions your health.

So, sit back, let your senses dive into the layered symphony of this Tomato Herb Soup, and prepare for a culinary revelation.

What Is Tomato Herb Soup?

Tomato Herb Soup is a vibrant, warming dish from a robust blend of ripe tomatoes and aromatic herbs.

This soup is revered for its delectably tangy and earthy flavor profile, further accentuated by underlying hints of garlic and onions. 

A splash of cream or a sprinkle of cheese is often added for a luxurious texture. It’s not just a culinary delight; the nutrient-rich tomatoes and herbs also make it a healthful choice. Perfect for any season, this soup is comfortable in a bowl.

Tomato Herb Soup

Can You Vary The Recipe With Other Ingredients?

  • Protein Add chicken, tofu, or chickpeas to make the soup more substantial.
  • Grains Add cooked rice, quinoa, or even small pasta like orzo to the soup for an added texture and to increase its filling quality.
  • Vegetables Add other vegetables like bell peppers, zucchini, spinach, or carrots. Roasted red peppers can add a wonderful smoky flavor.
  • Spices Add a dash of chili flakes for heat, a spoonful of smoked paprika for a smoky flavor, or a pinch of saffron for a luxurious twist.
  • Seafood Shrimp or crab can be an excellent addition to tomato soup, offering a seafood variant that pairs well with the acidity of the tomatoes.
Tomato Herb Soup

Recipe Directions 

  1. In a large, sturdy pan, gently heat a generous amount of exquisite extra virgin olive oil along with a decadent knob of creamy butter. 
  2. Add finely diced onions and lovingly sauté until they reach a state of heavenly tenderness, releasing their delightful aroma. 
  3. Next, generously sprinkle in a harmonious blend of fragrant dill weed, aromatic thyme, fresh basil leaves, a pinch of freshly cracked black pepper, and a gentle sprinkle of sea salt, creating a symphony of flavors. 
  4. As the fragrances meld together, introduce a delightful eruption of diced tomatoes, lovingly enveloped in their precious juices. 
  5. Incorporate a delicate drizzle of agave nectar or, for a touch of natural sweetness, a dollop of golden honey, allowing the ingredients to harmonize in a blissful dance. 
  6. As the flavors intertwine, maintain a gentle simmer, allowing the symphony to reach a crescendo over a period of 15 minutes
  7. Finally, with an artistic touch, serve this culinary masterpiece garnished with a generous sprinkle of freshly picked herbs.
Tomato Herb Soup

Variations, Add-Ons, And Toppings 

Variations And Add-Ons

  • Proteins: Add diced grilled chicken, mini meatballs, cooked lentils, or tofu for extra protein.
  • Vegetables: Add roasted vegetables, such as bell peppers, zucchini, or eggplant, for extra flavor and nutrition. A handful of spinach or kale stirred in before serving adds color and vitamins.
  • Beans and Grains: White beans, chickpeas, or cooked barley can make your soup heartier.
  • Seafood: Add cooked shrimp or chunks of flaky white fish for a luxurious twist.
  • Cheese: Stir in some grated Parmesan or sharp cheddar until melted and smooth.

Toppings

  • Herbs: Bringing fresh chopped basil, parsley, or chives adds brightness.
  • Cheese: Grated Parmesan, crumbled feta, or a dollop of ricotta can be delicious.
  • Croutons: Homemade croutons or a slice of toasted crusty bread adds a satisfying crunch.
  • Cream: A cream or spoonful of Greek yogurt drizzle creates a creamy contrast.
  • Seeds/Nuts: Toasted pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, or slivered almonds can give a delightful texture.
Tomato Herb Soup

Can I Make Soup In A Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot? 

Slow Cooker

  • Slow cooking allows the flavors to develop and meld together over a longer period, leading to a soup with a deep, rich flavor.
    To make tomato herb soup in a slow cooker, add all ingredients, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. 
  • Once done, you can use an immersion or stand blender to purée the soup until smooth. If you’re adding dairy, it’s best to do this at the end of the cooking process to prevent curdling.

Instant Pot

  • An Instant Pot can significantly speed up the cooking process. Saute the onions, garlic, and herbs using the Saute function before adding the tomatoes and broth. Secure the lid, set the valve to “Sealing,” and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes. 
  • Allow a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, followed by a quick getaway. Just like with the slow cooker, purée the soup until smooth after cooking, and add any dairy products at the end.
Tomato Herb Soup

Can I Use Store-Bought Broth, Or Should I Make My Own?

You certainly can use store-bought broth in your tomato herb soup. It can save a lot of time and effort. When choosing a store-bought broth, look for low-sodium options and brands that do not contain MSG or artificial flavors.

These options will give you more control over your soup’s sodium and flavor content.

However, if you have the time and ingredients, making your broth can yield even more flavorful results. Homemade broth allows for complete control over the flavor profile and salt content.

Plus, it’s a great way to use vegetable scraps and leftover herbs.

Tomato Herb Soup

How To Serve?

  • Temperature: Tomato herb soup is best served hot but not scalding. Allow it to cool for a few minutes after cooking to reach the perfect serving temperature.
  • Garnish: Before serving, garnish your soup with fresh herbs, a drizzle of high-quality olive oil, or a sprinkle of cheese. This adds an extra layer of flavor and makes the soup look more appealing.
  • Presentation: Serve your soup in warm bowls to ensure it stays hot longer. A sprig of fresh basil or a swirl of cream on top can add a touch of elegance.
  • Pairings: Tomato herb soup pairs beautifully with a slice of crusty bread for dipping. A side salad with a simple vinaigrette also complements the rich, hearty flavors of the soup. Consider serving the meal alongside a grilled cheese sandwich to make it even more robust.
  • Wine Pairing: If you’re serving wine, a light, crisp white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or a light-bodied red like Pinot Noir can complement the acidity and robustness of the soup.
How To Serve?

Perfect Side Dishes

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich: A classic pairing for tomato soup, the creamy, melted cheese and crispy bread compliment the soup perfectly. Try using a strong cheese like aged cheddar or gruyere for an extra flavor punch.
  • Garlic Bread: Garlic bread, with its robust flavor and crispy texture, is another great option to pair with tomato herb soup. You can use it for dipping or enjoy it on the side.
  • Simple Green Salad: A fresh green salad with a vinaigrette dressing can contrast refreshingly with the rich, hearty soup. Ingredients like mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and a simple lemon-olive oil dressing work well.
  • Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, or eggplant would pair nicely, their caramelized flavors matching the soup’s richness.
  • Bruschetta: A simple tomato and basil bruschetta can complement the soup and carry through the tomato and herb flavors.
Perfect Side Dishes

Storage And Make Ahead

Here are some simple storage and make ahead recipe:

  • Cooling: Allow the soup to cool to room temperature quickly to maintain its quality. You can accelerate this process by placing the pot in a sink filled with ice water, stirring occasionally.
  • Refrigeration: Transfer the cooled soup into airtight containers and refrigerate. Properly stored, Tomato Herb Soup can last in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: Tomato Herb Soup freezes well due to its smooth texture. Pour it into freezer-safe containers or bags, leaving some space for expansion. It can be stored frozen for up to 2-3 months.
  • Reheating: Thaw overnight in the refrigerator if frozen. Reheat gently on the stove over medium heat, stirring occasionally. If the soup seems too thick, you can thin it with a little water or broth.

Make-Ahead Tips:

  • Roast Tomatoes: For an enhanced flavor, roast your tomatoes with garlic and herbs before blending them into the soup. Roasted tomatoes can be prepared a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
  • Prepare Herbs: Wash, dry, and chop your herbs ahead of time. Herbs like basil, thyme, or oregano can be mixed into the soup or used as garnish. Store chopped herbs in the fridge in an airtight container with a damp paper towel.
  • Simmer in Advance: Cook the soup fully, then cool and store it as advised above. The flavors will continue to meld and develop while the soup is stored, often resulting in an even tastier dish upon reheating.
  • Blend for Texture: If you prefer a smoother soup, blend it before storing. For a chunkier texture, you might blend only half of the soup or leave it as is, according to your preference.
  • Adjust Seasonings: Taste and adjust the seasoning of the soup after reheating, as flavors can change during storage. A splash of vinegar or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice can brighten the soup before serving.
  • Garnishes: Prepare any garnishes such as fresh herbs, croutons, or a dollop of cream, and store them separately. Add these fresh just before serving to maintain texture and flavor.
Storage And Make Ahead

What Can We Do With Leftovers? 

  • Pasta Sauce: Reduce the soup over medium heat until it thickens to a sauce-like consistency. You can then toss it with pasta for a quick and easy meal.
  • Stew Base: Use the soup as a base for a hearty stew. Add proteins like beans, lentils, chicken, beef, and other vegetables. Simmer until everything is cooked through and the flavors meld.
  • Shakshuka: Simmer the soup until it thickens, create small wells, and crack eggs into them. Cover and cook until the eggs are done to your liking. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and serve with crusty bread.
  • Grain Bowls: Use the soup as a flavorful sauce for grain bowls. Pour it over cooked quinoa, rice, or farro, and top with your choice of protein and veggies.
  • Freeze for Later: If you can’t use the leftovers immediately, consider freezing them. Tomato herb soup freezes well and can be a lifesaver when you need a quick meal.

TIPS

  • Use Quality Tomatoes: The foundation of a great tomato soup lies in the quality of the tomatoes. Use ripe, fresh tomatoes in season for the best flavor. Canned San Marzano tomatoes are a good alternative for their consistent taste and richness.
  • Roast the Tomatoes: For a deeper flavor, consider roasting the tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt before blending them into the soup. Roasting enhances their sweetness and complexity.
  • Incorporate Aromatic Vegetables: Sauté onions, garlic, and carrots as the base for your soup. These vegetables add sweetness and depth, complementing the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Blend for Smoothness: For a smooth soup, blend the tomatoes and vegetables until silky. A high-speed blender works best for achieving a velvety texture without any chunks.
  • Use Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs like basil, thyme, and oregano elevate the soup with their vibrant flavors. Add most of the herbs during cooking to infuse the soup, and save some fresh herbs to garnish the top for a burst of flavor.
  • Balance Acidity: Tomatoes can be quite acidic, so balance the acidity with a bit of sugar or a splash of cream. Adjust according to taste, starting with a small amount and adding more as needed.
  • Simmer Gently: Let the soup simmer gently after adding all the ingredients. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
30-Minutes Tomato Herb Soup (A Healthy Choice)

30-Minutes Tomato Herb Soup (A Healthy Choice)

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Course: Soup Recipe
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes
Calories

100

kcal

This hearty and flavorful tomato soup is a comforting dish that combines the richness of diced tomatoes with a blend of fresh herbs and spices. With a touch of sweetness from agave nectar or honey and a creamy finish from mayonnaise, it’s a delightful soup that can be enjoyed as a starter or a satisfying main course.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Olive oil

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Butter

  • 1-1/2 cups 1-1/2 Onion (chopped)

  • 1 tsp 1 Dill weed (chopped)

  • 1 tsp 1 Fresh thyme leaves (chopped)

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Fresh basil (roughly chopped)

  • 1 tsp 1 Black pepper (fresh)

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 Coarse sea salt

  • 28 oz 28 Diced tomatoes (with juice)

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Agave nectar or honey

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Mayonnaise (Hellmann’s)

  • Extra herbs (for garnish) , As needed

Step-By-Step Directions

  • Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and butter to the pan and let it melt.
  • Add the chopped onions to the pan and cook until they become soft and translucent, stirring occasionally. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped dill weed, fresh thyme leaves, chopped fresh basil, fresh black pepper, and coarse sea salt. Cook for an additional minute to release the flavors of the herbs and spices.
  • Pour the diced tomatoes, along with their juice, into the pan. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Add the agave nectar or honey to balance the flavors and add sweetness to the soup. Stir thoroughly.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the soup simmer for approximately 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • While the soup is simmering, prepare the final touches. Chop the extra herbs finely for garnishing.
  • After simmering, remove the pan from the heat and let the soup cool slightly.
  • Use an immersion or regular blender to blend the soup until smooth and creamy. while blending hot liquids be careful, and work in batches if using a regular blender.
  • Once blended, return the soup to the pan and reheat gently over low heat, if necessary.
  • Before serving, stir in the tablespoon of mayonnaise (Hellmann’s) to add creaminess and richness to the soup.
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the extra finely chopped herbs.
  • EQUIPMENT LIST
  • Large Pan Or Pot
  • Cutting Board And knife
  • Stirring Utensil
  • Immersion Blender Or Regular Blender.
  • Ladle
  • Measuring Spoons And Cups

Notes

  • If you prefer a chunkier texture, pulse the soup with an immersion or a regular blender, leaving some small tomato pieces intact.
  • Adjust the seasoning according to your taste preferences. Feel free to add more herbs, spices, or even a pinch of red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • To make the soup vegetarian or vegan, substitute the butter with additional olive oil, and use a vegan mayonnaise or omit it altogether.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
  • This versatile recipe can be easily doubled or halved to accommodate different serving sizes or preferences.
  • Feel free to experiment with different varieties of diced tomatoes, such as fire-roasted or Italian-seasoned, to add unique flavors to the soup.
  • If you prefer a thinner consistency, add a bit of vegetable or chicken broth during the blending process.

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