Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Soup with a sandwich is often relegated to lunch fare, but it makes an easy and delicious supper when you are short on time. I’m a big fan of sandwich makers to make a quick meal, and I used mine to make grilled cheese sandwiches to serve with this creamy soup.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

When I first heard of standalone sandwich makers, I was skeptical—I mean how many countertop appliances does a cook really need?—but when our waffle maker died, I had to replace it and found myself looking at a Bella multi-purpose grill. The grill has interchangeable plates to make waffles, paninis, quesadillas, and more. The sandwich press allows me to pile on all of the ingredients I want without worrying that they will fall out like I would if I had to flip the sandwich in a fry pan. I used the sandwich press to make these yummy grilled cheese sandwiches pictured with the creamy tomato basil soup.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


Served with grilled cheese sandwiches, this soup makes a filling and flavorful meal anytime of the year.



  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup half and half
  • shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Croutons


Combine tomatoes and broth in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in basil and sugar and continue heating for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; stir in half and half. Cook, stirring regularly, until soup is hot. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve garnished with Parmesan cheese and croutons.


For a less creamy soup (and fewer calories), reduce the half and half to 1/2 cup (or omit it).

  • Method: Stovetop

Keywords: soup, creamy tomato soup, creamy tomato basil soup, quick and easy, tomato basil soup

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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