Tomato Basil Soup

A healthy twist to a classic recipe !

This recipe has been pending for long. Many of you have asked for the recipe and my sincere apologies for being this late in posting. Before I start with the recipe here are a few questions which frequently come to mind :


How to counter the tang of tomatoes without adding cream or sugar?
I avoid using any of these because I want to enjoy the pure flavors. So I add bell peppers, celery and carrots and roast them in a few drops of oil. Roasting the veggies brings out their real flavors which not only adds a new dimension to this classic recipe but also helps in masking the piquant taste of tomatoes.


How to make it healthier so that you can have it frequently ?
Most of the tomato basil soups are rich and creamy. If you  are looking for a healthier option which you can incorporate in your weekly menu, skip the cream and canned tomatoes. Just use the freshest ingredients and make a lighter version of this famous soup which is not just healthier but quicker to make too.


I had it for lunch today with my favorite Avocado sandwich and papaya salad. Feeling great after such a happy and healthy lunch :))



Course: Appetizer
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Ready In : 40 minutes
Serves : 4





1 tsp olive oil
1/2 medium bell pepper
2 medium carrots
2 celery stalks
3 large tomatoes
1 flake medium garlic
1 inch cinnamon stick
1/4 inch anistar
1 basil leaf, fresh or 1/2 tsp basil powder
4 cups water
salt and black pepper as per taste





Wash all the vegetables and chop them roughly.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add  cinnamon and anistar. Now add chopped bell peppers, carrots, garlic and celery. Roast them for 2-3 minutes on high flame.
Add chopped tomatoes and saute all the vegetables for about 3 minutes on high flame.
Add 4 cups of water and the basil leaf / powder. Pressure cook to release steam once.
Once the whistle has blown, let the rest of steam release naturally ( 20 minutes approx. )


Puree the soup mixture. You can have it as such or may filter the puree to enjoy it as a clear soup.


Serving Suggestions


Tomato soup is best  enjoyed with subs, wraps, sandwiches or salads. Make it on a gloomy winter evening and see how it elevates your happy hormones:))


Health Benefits


This soup has no artificial sweeteners and is devoid of any cream. So you can have it daily and get all the minerals and vitamins from the veggies.


  1. I've been looking for a lighter tomato soup, thanks Monica

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