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Dare I say it? This is the only tomato basil soup recipe you’ll ever need. It’s one of my husband Ryan’s favorite meals – and it’s so easy to make! THM S Helper
See the recipe below for instructions on how to make some toasted cheese melts to go with the soup!
To stay lower carb, try making a quick cheese quesadilla using a low carb tortilla and your favorite cheese! I also like to smear a little pesto inside the tortilla to echo the basil in the soup.
A note on fuel type
For THM fuel type I’m going to call this an S Helper. It’s not a full blown Crossover if you allow for some tomatoes in an S meal, but it is a lot of tomato for a straight S. If you add the toasted cheese melts (see how in the recipe instructions below) this would be a THM XO meal.
I could’ve tried to cut down the fat for a more THM E-ish soup but I wanted a full on delicious tomato basil soup for my repertoire. Right now I’m often either pregnant or nursing so S Helpers and Crossovers are my jam – and they’re great for hungry husbands and growing children. If you want to try to cut back on the fat you could try using just a tablespoon of butter and try using low fat cottage cheese for creaminess in place of the whipping cream (it gets blended up anyway). If you do that you’d have a “light E” and should add a carb source on the side (like a slice of sprouted or sourdough toast) for a true THM E meal.
What is an S Helper?
A THM S Helper is a THM S meal (focusing on healthy fats) with just a few carbs added in – up to 15g net carbs. It’s not a straight S meal, but it’s not a full blown crossover of carbs and fats. While it may not be quite as weight loss promoting as a simple THM S, there’s nothing wrong with an S Helper every once in awhile to switch things up!
Don’t forget the basil!
Basil is my favorite fresh herb. Last year I found some basil plants at Walmart so I grew one in my flowerbed and one in a pot. The flowerbed plant is currently dead and covered in a foot of snow, but the potted basil plant is sunning itself in front of my patio windows.
You can’t beat fresh basil! (Or fresh basil that has been frozen when you have an overabundance.) Grow your own, check a farmer’s market, or buy one of those dinky packs at Walmart for way too much money.
Just kidding… If you don’t have fresh basil, you can also use basil puree – I tried Aroma One Organics Basil Puree (in a tube) from Walmart. Find it near the spices for around $3. I used 2 tablespoons, and you can always add more if you prefer. (I think I’ve seen a similar product at Aldi too.)
You could also try using a good pesto! I love Aldi’s green pesto. In a pinch you could use dried basil. Add any of these substitutes to taste – you definitely won’t need half a cup.
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions!
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There is a tomato basil soup recipe in Necessary Food, my first cookbook, but this one is a complete remake and quite honestly the only tomato basil soup recipe you’ll ever need.