Tomato and Basil Soup
This slimming friendly Tomato and Basil Soup is a hearty bowl of goodness, perfect to enjoy if you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
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This super easy, slimming friendly Tomato and Basil Soup is a hearty bowl of goodness, perfect to enjoy if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
This soup is so quick and simple to make and it’s full of flavour. The orzo pasta in it makes it really filling and hearty which is perfect for the cooler evenings when it’s good to have something warming and delicious to eat!
We like to top our soups with interesting garnishes like the parmesan ‘crisp’ that we’ve used for this Tomato and Basil Soup. To make this beautiful topping, just finely grate a small amount of parmesan onto a silicone baking sheet and pop it into the oven for a couple of minutes until golden. Leave to cool and it’ll crisp up nicely – absolutely delish!
What diets is this Tomato and Basil Soup suitable for?
This Tomato and Basil Soup recipe is suitable for dairy free and vegetarian diets.
It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions:
- Dried orzo pasta
- stock cubes
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
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This soup is really easy to make, and just needs some basic kitchen equipment. A herb chopper is a really useful kitchen tool, especially when you have a lot of herbs to chop!
Another useful kitchen gadget used in this Tomato and Basil Soup is a garlic crusher. We use garlic in sooooo many recipes and having a good crusher is essential!
How many calories are in this Tomato and Basil Soup?
There are 187 calories per portion in this Tomato and Basil Soup, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
This Tomato and Basil Soup is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the chopped onions on a low heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
Add the orzo, tinned tomatoes, tomato passata, stock pot, water and dried oregano and simmer.
After 5 minutes, add most of the chopped basil and stir. Simmer for another 5 minutes on a low heat.
Take off the heat, stir in the remaining fresh basil and serve immediately!
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How do you know when Tomato and Basil Soup is cooked?
Make sure the onions have softened on a low heat in the saucepan. After adding the rest of the ingredients, simmer and then add most of the chopped basil. Simmer for another 5 minutes on a low heat before stirring in the remaining fresh basil.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep Tomato and Basil Soup in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Tomato and Basil Soup in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Tomato and Basil Soup?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Tomato and Basil Soup?
From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 3-5 minutes then stir. Cook for a further 5-7 minutes until piping hot.
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Tomato and Basil Soup
This slimming-friendly Tomato and Basil Soup is a hearty bowl of goodness, perfect to enjoy if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
- KCals 187
- Carbs 25G
- Spray a saucepan with low calorie cooking spray and cook the onions on a low heat until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the orzo, tinned tomatoes, tomato passata, stock pot, water and dried oregano and simmer.
- After 5 minutes, add 3/4 of the chopped basil and stir. Simmer for another 5 minutes on a low heat.
- Take off the heat, stir in the remaining fresh basil and serve immediately!
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SamSunday 13th December 2020
Hi could you make this soup in a soup maker xx
LisaWednesday 16th December 2020
We haven’t tried this recipe in a soup maker, but I can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t work. Refer to your particular models manual to help with timings.
Becky CThursday 10th December 2020
Absolutely delicious for my work lunch. I added turkey breast which was a great addition. So tasty. My new low point lunch fave! I did mine in my pressure cooker which made it even better easier! Thank you!
SharonThursday 10th December 2020
Hi Becky, we’re so glad you enjoyed this soup and it sounds good with some turkey added too. Thanks for your idea!
GillMonday 7th September 2020
Can you use fresh tomatoes, rather than tinned and how many would you recommend
Cate MeadowsTuesday 8th September 2020
You could, but depending on the season the fresh tomatoes may not be as flavoursome. About 6 average sized tomatoes should replace 1 tin. Hope that helps! 🙂
Deb OConnorTuesday 18th August 2020
I can’t get orzo. What could I use instead please?
LisaTuesday 18th August 2020
You could use any small pasta shape. You might need to cook it a little longer though.
Hope this helps.
HeatherMonday 16th December 2019
Why is there orzo in it?
Sharon FitzpatrickFriday 8th May 2020
Hi Heather, thanks for your question. The Tomato and Basil Soup has orzo in it to make this soup more satisfying, and will help you to feel full for longer. It is added in the same way that some soups have pearl barley or lentils added to them. Hope this helps.
LaurenTuesday 1st October 2019
Would a chicken stock pot go or would it taste funny
Holly LevellFriday 15th May 2020
Hi Lauren, the Tomato and Basil Soup would work just as well with a chicken stock pot!
Mel CFriday 12th July 2019
Absolutely delicious, love love LOVE tomato soup! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Holly LevellWednesday 13th May 2020
Hi Mel, co glad you enjoyed this soup recipe! Be sure to check the rest of our soup recipes on the Stews and Soups section of our website!
Alta RidgwayWednesday 12th June 2019
What size carton of passata, please? I have several cartons and jars of different sizes in my store cupboard.
Emma TThursday 20th June 2019
A 500g carton would be fine ????
MichaelaMonday 17th September 2018
Can you use rice instead on orzo
Julie MahoneyMonday 26th March 2018
Hi, this recipe sounds perfect but can I make it in a soup maker?
BethSaturday 17th March 2018
If you use a soup maker do you just put raw onion in or does it need to be cooked?
LizSaturday 10th February 2018
I absolutely love your recipes. They are clear, use lots of Aldi ingredients, and produce gorgeous tasty meals. You make this weight loss mission pain free. 2.5 stone off, 2 to go…. X
Mrs Paula MontuoriSunday 24th September 2017
What are the smart points for the tomato and basil soup please?
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