Tomato Basil Spinach Soup

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another easy and ready in 15 minute soup recipe with a special addition homemade garlic cheesy croutons and fresh chopped spinach. Perfect any day of the week but comforting for me when you need to get that chill out because of the weather! Perfect to leave in a slow cooker after you make on the stove top too!

Tomato Basil Spinach Soup Recipe

This is one of those easy to throw together comfort soups. I love this soup with croutons. It really kicks up the flavors using garlic croutons.

This tomato basil soup is perfect anytime of the year. The best is using crushed plum tomatoes from my garden in the summer.

 This is always one I make sure I cook when the garden has fresh basil in bloom and the tomatoes are ripe, usually around August.

Tomato Basil Spinach Soup Recipe

In addition to fresh basil and spinach, I sometimes load this soup up with shredded mozzarella cheese. The basil, tomato and cheese all are a wonderful pairing to this soup. Melted under the broiled just for a few seconds puts the perfect topping with those garlic croutons, you have the perfect tomato basil soup.

I usually also love this Tomato Basil Spinach Soup, with some Romano cheese. Can you tell I am a cheese lover?

One of my favorite summer salads is insalata caprese using fresh plum tomatoes, slices of thick mozzarella, fresh basil that would accompany this perfectly especially on a bed of fresh spinach! That may be another post!

Tomato Basil Spinach Soup Recipe


Tomato Basil Spinach Soup Recipe

1 tablespoon butter 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small finely minced onion
1 tablespoons minced garlic
1 1/2 cups half and half
2 pounds of whole plum tomatoes pureed or use 1-  28 ounce can tomato puree
 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups triple washed fresh spinach chopped or escarole ( like to chop it as it's easier to eat, you can leave it whole if you like)
1/4 cup fresh chopped Italian style basil
salt, pepper to taste fresh ground 

Optional: after the soup is cooked you can add cooked rice or pastine. You can also add cooked cubed chicken and cooked sausage. Just add at the end.

Shredded mozzarella or provolone cheese melted on top
Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
Garlic cheese croutons store bought or homemade see below

In a medium size saucepan, add the butter, oil. Saute the garlic and onion for 2 minutes. Add all the rest of the ingredients in except for spinach and basil and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the basil and spinach for 2 more minutes. Garnish with a sprinkle of cheese and top with croutons.

Garlic Cheese Croutons

(I make these first)

5 thick slices of bread cut in cubes edges cut off ( I use  Italian combined with any day old breads I have)
5 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
salt pepper to taste
2 tablespoons parmesan romano blended cheese

Toss cubes in a bowl with all the other ingredients. Place single on a parchment lined cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees turning often for 15 minutes. Store in airtight container when cooled.
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  1. Sounds like a delicious and healthy soup (ignoring the dairy of course). I like that it is just tomatoes and no chicken broth as so many of them include.

  2. Dear Claudia, It has been so cold here! The temps will be single digits tonight through next week. I can hear the wind howling as I type.
    Soups are on the list for a while. lol
    Florida is looking more inviting each day!
    I love soups like yours and the homemade croûtons make all the difference.
    Stay well my friend. xoxo Catherine

  3. Hi Claudia! This soup is what I need right now. We've had some rain so that means I'm craving soup. Love the recipe.

    I just watched your video on the contest, congratulations! You are so cute and such a natural in front of the camera.:)

  4. I've often made tomato basil soup, but never thought about adding spinach, and especially the crispy garlic and cheesy croutons! So yummy and comforting!

  5. Perfect ingredients together equal this perfect tomato soup! It's a 'must-make' for me!

  6. I am still looking for the perfect tomato soup for picky Katie! None that I try meet her standards, LOL. But I'd happily eat the whole batch if she doesn't like this one :)


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