Kickin’ Tomato Soup


I hope everyone’s had a great long weekend remembering all who’s served and are serving and enjoying time with family and friends! I have been moving all the weekend. I think for the most part we have all the small stuff moved over. Just waiting for this Saturday to move all the furniture to the house and then we’ll be officially in. We’re still staying in the apartment, which really sucks because it’s really barren and whenever we go to the new house to organize, I’m just wishing we were already in there! Oh, so my props and spice/pantry were 5 separate boxes. I think they each weighed like 20 pounds. It’s ridiculous, but I’m so thrilled to be in my new kitchen because the cabinet space is SO spacious and it holds so much. Which, is funny because now what was busting at the seams at the apartment, it’s so empty at the new house. I guess I gotta purchase more props ;)

Since I’ve been moving all weekend and we’ve been living off of leftovers, pizza, and take-out, I thought I’d share a really simple recipe that is great to make ahead of time and put half the batch in the freezer and half in the fridge so you can heat it up whenever, ie: when you’re moving.

Tomato soup is one of my favorite soups, ever. It’s just so good. I love the consistency and the flavor. Simplicity at its best! I love pairing it with some grilled cheese. Best comfort combination. We had it with the bacon & avocado grilled cheese a few weeks ago. Oh my gosh, it was perfection.

Grab the recipe below to make this silly easy dish to pair with your favorite dinner!

Also, Rachel of Rachel Cooks is featuring me in her “Day in the Life” series so go on over there to check out what a regular day for me is like…it’s definitely not all about food, although I often wish it were :)

Kickin' Tomato Soup

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 40 mins Total Time 45 mins
Serves 4 -6     adjust servings

Classic tomato soup but with a spicy kick!


  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3: 14 oz cans of Hunt's fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes*
  • Large handful of basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot, saute the onions with some olive oil until translucent then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Next, add in the tomatoes and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add in the chicken stock and half and half, bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until mixture has thickened.
  3. Add the basil, crushed red pepper, and salt/pepper. Lower your heat and cook for 5 minutes more.
  4. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until it is a smooth consistency and there are no large chunks left.
  5. Add the cooked chicken to the sauce mixture, stir to combine, and simmer for 10-15 minutes more.
  6. Serve immediately with some crusty bread or grilled cheese!
  7. You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from The Novice Chef



Posted on May 29, 2012

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  1. 05/29/2012 at 9:07 am

    Mmmmmmmm tomato souuuuuuuppppaaaaa.

  2. 05/29/2012 at 9:46 am

    So glad you snuck in some fresh basil in this. Tomato soup is not complete without it in my opinion :)
    Good luck with all the moving this week. I seriously dread our next move, I loathe every bit of the whole process.

  3. 05/29/2012 at 9:50 am

    This sounds so delicious and full of flavour!

  4. 05/29/2012 at 10:31 am

    You can’t have soup without grilled cheese! :) It’s so drizzly and blah here today, I think I need soup :)

  5. 05/29/2012 at 11:18 am

    I think my favorite part of our new place (and still is) is the amount of cabinet space in the kitchen. I can’t wait to see it all put together, so glad you guys got lots moved this weekend! This soup sounds perfect too. I love a little spice in my tomato soup!!

  6. 05/29/2012 at 11:39 am

    Saw your kitchen picture from Rachel’s blog. Love how full of light and spacious it is!!

    • 05/29/2012 at 11:46 am

      I feel like my posts will end up changing since I’ll have so much natural light in my new’d be much easier to take step by step photos! We’ll see :)

  7. 05/29/2012 at 11:46 am

    i think homemade tomato soup is one of the tastiest things in the world, especially with a grilled cheese. YUM!

  8. 05/29/2012 at 12:30 pm

    Spacious cabinets!!!!! I am SO jealous! Congrats on the move, Julie. I can’t wait to move out of my teeny tiny apartment (with horrible lighting!)

    love love loving this kicked up tomato soup! I love things with a little SPICE! Can’t wait to check out your Day In The Life! :)

  9. 05/29/2012 at 2:06 pm

    I totally sympathize, I just went thought this. Good luck to you and I hope that you are reunited with your spices and your props soon!

  10. 05/29/2012 at 2:22 pm

    I’m so excited for your new place, Julie! And I definitely need your new address to send you that box I’ve been working on.

    Also, I was laughing so hard about the 5 x 20lb kitchen boxes. I’m sure I have just as much crap, but yay for more prop stuff! Oh and that soup is awesome. It’s getting a bit hot here in LA but I would never turn down a soothing, hearty, tomato soup with a little bit of heat.

  11. 05/29/2012 at 2:54 pm

    yumm love tomato soup! and it is so easy!!

  12. 05/29/2012 at 4:12 pm

    There is nothing better that a good tomato soup. Especially when your’e super burned out from moving and take out.

  13. 05/29/2012 at 10:15 pm

    Tomato soup is a definite favorite with the boys, I will be trying this soon. So comforting!

  14. 05/29/2012 at 11:51 pm

    I’m packing my kitchen right now too and it’s out of control how much stuff I have! A big kitchen in our next house is definitely on the list of things I’ll need :) So excited for you!

  15. 05/30/2012 at 7:57 am

    This looks so yummy! I love tomato soup.

  16. 05/30/2012 at 11:43 am

    I mean, is there anything better than tomato soup? I think not!

  17. 05/30/2012 at 5:00 pm

    There’s nothing quite as comforting as homemade tomato soup!

  18. 05/30/2012 at 11:00 pm

    This soup looks so comforting Julie and I would love the spicy kick! I love the fire roasted canned tomatoes in soups, they add so much flavor!

  19. 05/31/2012 at 9:23 am

    I love making soups in the summer because you can make a big batch and freeze most of it to thaw out and heat up quickly for an easy, oven-free weeknight meal. This looks like just the thing to go alongside a grilled cheese!

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