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DCL Recipes: Tomato Basil Soup Amy Poore

Tuscaloosa, you astound me: Thanks for all the compliments about this tomato basil soup – I’m honored. If there’s one thing we know about here, it’s great food, and this soup recipe is excellent, if I do say so myself. It’s fast and easy, too, which helps tremendously when we’re on the go as we so often are here.

Enjoy the rest of this busy month and, as always, bon appétit!

Tomato Basil Soup 

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 14-ounce can of whole tomatoes
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 2 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, julienned, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • French baguette slices, toasted


In a large saucepan, heat oil on medium high heat then sauté garlic for one minute, being careful not to burn the garlic. 

Add in crushed tomatoes plus whole tomatoes (along with juice), crushing each tomato with your hand as you go. Tip: I discard the hard part of each tomato. 

 Follow with chicken stock, salt, pepper and sugar. 

Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 

Turn heat to low, stir in heavy cream and basil and heat through. 

Top with Parmesan cheese and extra basil. Serve with toasted French baguette slices. 

Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.     

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!

Website: www.pooreamy.com/

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