I used always have cans of low-sodium, low-calorie soup on hand for quick dinners, and they became sort of a go-to. But once I started switching over to a Paleo diet, and checking my labels with a new perspective, I realized that they weren't exactly the best bet for a nutritious meal.
I started making my own Paleo-friendly soups from scratch, but they became less of a go-to~ because they're just simply not as convenient as a can that's ready to heat & serve... and I didn't always have the time (or motivation) to "go there" for a weeknight dinner.
Enter my "Creamy Tomato Basil Soup": my way of bringing the convenience back to soup on a Paleo or Whole30 diet. I've made this many times now, when we're low on groceries and in a pinch, and I still can't get over how delicious & EASY it is.
Diced tomatoes, spices, coconut milk, & broth combine in the blender then heat on the stove for a creamy, luscious soup that takes just minutes to prepare. It's really just as easy as a boxed or canned soup~ but so much cleaner!
We loving pouring ours over meatballs (Aidell's Roasted Garlic & Sweet Basil Italian Meatballs are our fav) for the perfect 15-minute meal.
I've put off posting this for quite some time, because it's so dang simple... but I'm excited to finally share! I hope you enjoy this quick, flavorful soup as much as I do.
*Makes 20 oz (2.5 cups) of soup.
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tsp each: Italian seasoning, dried onion, garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes*
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 cup chicken broth*
- salt & pepper, to taste
- handful of fresh basil, chopped
- blender or food processor
- medium saucepan
- In a blender or food processor, pulse the diced tomatoes and seasonings (Italian seasoning, dried onion, garlic powder, red pepper flakes) until smooth.
- Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, and pour in the tomato mixture. Stir frequently, allowing it to simmer for 4-5 minutes to develop some flavor in the tomatoes.*
- Stir in the coconut milk and chicken broth, and season with salt & pepper to taste.
- Keep cooking until the soup is warmed through. Garnish with chopped fresh basil, and serve hot!
- I recommend chicken bone broth, but any other broth you like will work: beef, vegetable, etc.
- Red pepper flakes add a great touch of heat. You can leave them out completely, or add more to taste.
- The longer you allow the tomatoes to bubble, the more flavor you will get from them. I'm impatient & feel like 4-5 minutes is just long enough to get a good amount of flavor in a short amount of time. Let it go longer if you like~ just keep stirring!