A Recipe to Smile About

Tomato Basil Soup and Mozzarella Basil Grilled Cheese
Tomato Basil Soup and Mozzarella Basil Grilled Cheese

Last week I made a recipe that had everyone at the table smiling. A homemade tomato basil soup that was easy to make, easier to clean up, had my kids asking for seconds, and a low-cost meal enjoyed by all! 

Actually, to go a step further, this meal earned me the “Best Mom of the Week” ??‍♀️ award. Yup, you read that right. The title was only given for a week (and by Friday, it was already taken away because of some parenting rules I enforced). But hey, given the track record of the past 12 months, I’ll take it!

Since I believe we can all use more reason to smile these days, I’m sharing this recipe with you. 

Easy – Peasy Homemade Tomato Basil Soup 


  • 1 large yellow onion, diced 
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 – 28 oz can no salt added peeled tomatoes 
  • 1 – 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes with basil and garlic 
  • 1 – 14.5 oz can no salt added tomato sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 large fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving


  • Dice and mince onion and garlic cloves, if you have a food processor, I suggest using this to dice your onions. 
  • Heat 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and garlic and cook about 7 to 10 minutes, until soft. 
  • Add the canned tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and tomato sauce to the pot, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, frequently stirring, for about 15 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 10 large basil leaves, and season with black pepper. Stir to combine. 
  • Purée the soup until smooth or to desired consistency. It is suggested to use an immersion blender. However, I used the food processor, and a standard blender will also work. If using a food processor or blender, work in small batches. 

Viola! Ready to serve!

Bonus Smiles: Tomato Basil Mozzarella Grilled Cheese 

  • 1 tsp butter (opt for plant-based butter such as avocado butter for lower saturated fat intake) 
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread such as Dave’s Killer Bread 
  • 1 oz mozzarella cheese 
  • 1 fresh tomato, sliced 
  • 2 basil leaves 
  • Pepper to taste

Top bread with cheese, add tomato, and basil—season with black pepper and top with the remaining slice of bread. 

Heat 1 tsp butter over medium heat, add sandwich, and cook until lightly browned, flipping to cook on both sides. 


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