Softa’s Scrumptious Tomato Basil Soup

Softas Tomato Basil Soup

Our family is full of serious soup fans, but we’ve had a hard time tracking down a tomato soup recipe we all like. Some are too plain. Some are too thin. Others are too sweet. But, like Baby Bear’s porridge, Softa’s Tomato Basil Soup is just right.

A few years ago, I spotted a dear friend of mine eating a delicious smelling bowl of tomato soup at our homeschool co-op, and she claimed the recipe (her mother’s) is the best ever.

So she shared it with me, and I tried it at home. Sure enough, my husband and I agreed, and our kids ate bowl after bowl, as well: Softa’s Tomato Basil Soup is the best any of us has ever tasted! and has earned a permanent place in our family favorites rotation.

My friend’s mom, who has herself now become a very dear friend of mine, has been filling in for her at co-op the past year and a half and regularly delights me with tasty tidbits of her lunch. She’s an excellent cook and loves to experiment — a pinch of this and a dash of that.

Fortunately for us, her daughter translated Softa’s tomato basil soup recipe into standard measurement, so I can achieve consistently good results every time I make it.

The recipe below is for a double batch. It keeps well in the refrigerator and is just as delicious warmed over a day or two later, if you happen to have leftovers (which we rarely do).

Pair the soup with some grilled cheese sandwiches for extra homemade goodness! ( >>> Print Recipe)


  • 2 medium onions, white or yellow
  • 1-2 Tbsp butter
  • 4-5 cloves of freshly minced garlic
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 tsp basil
  • 1-2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • salt & pepper (to taste)


  1. Sauté diced onions and minced garlic in butter until translucent

    diced onion

    sautéd onion

  2. Transfer to blender with 2 cans of diced tomatoes, blend until smooth

    top of blender

    blended base mixture

  3. Return blender mixture to pan, add in tomato paste and enough chicken broth to produce the desired consistency

    tomato paste

  4. Add spices, salt, and pepper and stir over medium heat until warmed through and through


    Italian seasoning

    salt and pepper

  5. Serve hot with grilled cheese sandwiches. Enjoy!

    Softas Tomato Basil Soup

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