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creamy tomato-basil soup

Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup Recipe

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This updated version of traditional tomato soup gets its creamy texture from cooked beans, rather than high-fat, high-calorie dairy products.

Total time:  25 M 
Servings:  7
Calories:  50


  • 2 cups sprouted soy or white beans
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 1/8 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 qt. warm water divided

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 382mg
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Protein: 4g


  1. Cook beans and onion in 1 quart boiling water for 15–20 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Add beans, onion, and 1 cup of cooking water to FourSide or WildSide+ jar and secure lid.
  3. Select "Soup" or "Hot" or "90" cycle or blend on a High speed for 90 seconds.
  4. Add remaining cooking water, bouillon, tomato sauce, and basil to jar and secure lid.
  5. Press "Pulse" 2–4 times to incorporate ingredients.

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  • It is a Mix n’ Blend – http://www.blendtec.com/mil…

    Blendtec on

  • Can you use canned white beans, or are you using dry in this recipe?

    Missi Homenick Chenier on

  • But the recipe calls for the 4-sided jar, so you don’t need the Mix & Blend

    KarenL on

  • Would rather have the high fat, high calorie dairy than the high carb bean here, especially not any soy. Could make it instead with coconut milk or almond milk, much healthier than either dairy or legumes.

    Rich on

  • How many cup of the water of this recipe?

    鍾孟潔 on

  • Does size really matter ? Lol !
    I have the Blentec , LOVE it ! Purchased at Costco nearly : years ago I guess . Regular " jar " .

    Pat on

  • No GMO please! I don’t think there is any non GMO soy in the USA. However, I love the beans. Carbs are important for healthy body functions.

    Sally on

  • I look forward to trying this . I appreciate that it is low in calories and fat and contains beans which are a protein rich superfood (WebMD). GMO is not a concern because I only use organic beans such as Westbrae available at Whole Foods, Earthfare or your local COOP Market. Thank you. My one addition to this recipe would be celery seed.

    elon on

  • No GMO or carbs, replace the water with real chicken broth, the carbs with cream, and add diced carrots and celery cooked in a healthy fat (like butter or coconut oil) along with the onions. That’s going to be the recipe I try. I know you folks at Blendtec are trying to please the low fat crowd, but you need to know that low fat is actually the unhealthy path and that consuming high quality fats including saturated fats is what’s best. It’s also what tastes the best and is the most satisfying. Thanks for giving us a quick way of assembling this delicious soup.

    Martha on

  • Can I use fresh tomatoes instead of canned tomatoe sauce? How many would you reccomend?

    Natalie on

  • 4 cups in a quart.

    darcy on

  • If you buy Organic beans they are by definition non GMO. :)

    Gus on

  • Martha makes sense thanks

    Frank on

  • So… BlendTec read my mind!!
    I started making a nearly identical recipe this summer for a sort of vegetarian pink sauce (a convenient way to get my 2 yr old and 3 yr old kids to eat beans). I make my own red sauce, and then instead of cream, I added pureed white beans from my blender. If you make this recipe minus most of the cooking water, you will have a lovely Pink Sauce for pasta or gnocchi. Also, I like to add a touch of grated parm at the end for the perfect finish. I know for a vegan/plant based version, you can use nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor, but I have yet to try that.

    For the record, I’m on Team Legumes (Go Beans!), if I’m going to have dairy I’ll choose a high/full fat version, but I often avoid dairy consumption; AND sometimes a short cut like bullion over homemade stock is the best option for me (although I use it sparingly).

    At Sally: I do know for a fact you can buy NON GMO certified soy in the USA. I personally avoid soy all around because of a family member food allergy. But just a heads up, you can find and buy NON GMO soy.

    MamaChrisNow on

  • Say No to GMO!

    Dcarroll on

  • You people need to watch Forks Over Knives, THEN try and tell others you need high amounts of fat in your diet. Chances are, after seeing the scientific facts that prove any diet high in fat is horrible for your health, your opinion may change. Unless you prefer diabetes, heart disease, etc. By the way, carbs are good! This soup sounds perfect to me. Keep up the healthy recipes, Blendtec!

    Esther on

  • As long as you are using organic soy beans, they are not GMO.

    Deb Kay on

  • I don’t understand this attitude in people either regarding good carbs. Sometimes I wish there were two words to distinquish carbs – good beans & veggies as opposed to white flour and sugar.

    Deb Kay on

  • Martha and Rich are correct, we need fat… as long as it’s the good ones like coconut, avocado, and organic grass fed dairy & meat. The rest may compromise your health eventually. I also agree about staying away from soy, I had reoccurring thyroid goiters until I eliminated soy from my diet. And I’ve also stopped consuming most grains / flour products, they’re as bad as eating white sugar

    Russ on

  • Dairy cream is NEVER a healthy fat.

    Deb Kay on

  • Please tell us how carbs are important for body functions -such as ??

    unterderlaterne on

  • Yes it is. Just read the any of the recent studies on nutrition. Don’t make comments without doing research first.

    mtmomof3 on

  • Mtmomof3 is correct (if not a little bit snippy), if you consider new reports. Dairy is a saturated fat but NOT a trans fat. http://www.nytimes.com/2014… – shows that a low-carb diet that includes fat, INCLUDING SATURATED FAT but NOT trans fat, results in more weight loss and better heart health than a diet that restricts fat but not carbs. Interesting article.

    gk on

  • Esther you need Good fats in your diet, from coconut oil, avocados, Olive-, Avocado- to nut oils. And plenty of it ! My HDL went from 40 to 90 !
    Triglycerides down to 30 ! Please do more research! Good luck!

    unterderlaterne on

  • I made the recipe with what I had on hand: 2 cans of chick peas and 2 cans of stewed tomatoes with Italian seasoning along with the onion and other ingredients. It was superb and received a thumbs up from my whole family. Thanks!

    Karen Williams Zielke on

  • People stop fighting in the comment and if you don’t like the ingredients sub something instead. I use Almond Milk.

    John Gomeringer on

  • We should just be grateful to have this "problem" about knowing what to and what not to eat….there are people on this planet who have a problem about "if" they will get to eat. And we here argue about what is better….high carb or high fat or GMO or non-GMO or what fat is good, what fat is bad….meanwhile, in other news….Lighten up folks, tweak the recipe to meet your dietary proclivities, enjoy your take on it, and be thankful for your full bellies! I know I am! Peace out.

    Teresa on

  • Thanks~

    鍾孟潔 on

  • Actually that is not what the study shows – see Dr David Katz review of this study. They lost more weight because they ate 200 less calories – that is now poor this study was.

    Chuck on

  • Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age
    (You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question.)


    claus on

  • https://www.linkedin.com/to…

    claus on

  • Has anyone ever used blentec to process tomatoes with skin on for canning on pressure canner

    Tammy on

  • Good carbs is fine, I guess It’s debatable what they are. I’d rather get my carbs from vegetables, even Sweet Potato is fine. Beans are high in phytates which interfere with absorption of vital minerals and nutrients and they are just hard for many people to digest properly. Soy products are high in phytoestrogens.

    Rich on

  • What research are you looking at? from the FDA or Dairy industry? Who have no interest in our health, just selling dairy and meat products. I study nutrition daily, I just finished Dr. Campbell’s book "Whole", Read the China Study, Diet for New America, Reversing Heart Disease by Dr. Bernard, and follow Dr. Essystein’s research along with many others. Dairy is extremely detrimental to your health. It causes diabetes, obesity, and many other diseases. The countries with the most dairy consumption have the most bone diseases and cancers. The only thing dairy is good for is a baby cow. Please don’t assume I have done no research.

    Deb Kay on

  • This recipe calls for sprouted beans which should take care of the phytates.

    Cynthia on

  • Adrenal function relies greatly on good carbs.

    Cynthia on

  • When I read the reviews of a recipie, I look to see how everyone found it and what modifications people made. I can choose what i healthy for me or not. This food fight detracts from the reviews.

    jaw3350 on

  • Made recipe exactly as written. It was bland and it did not taste like any tomato soup I’ve ever consumed. Frankly, Campbell’s Condensed Healthy Recipe Soup is better. I added some tomato paste and salt to your recipe and that helped. This was the first Blendtec recipe that was way below average. Would not try this recipe again.

    Mariners1 on

  • I can tomatoes using the blentec to puree the tomatoes which I can use in soups, sauces etc. I recommend blanching and pealing the tomatoes before putting them in the blentec. I tried it with the skins on for just a few of the tomatoes. The skins were lumpy after blending because of their thickness. I love my blentec and use it regularly for different things such as grinding wheat, smoothies etc. After reading the reviews I believe I will look for another recipe for this soup.

    Karin Liddle on

  • Id like to use fresh tomatoes. Would I need to cook them first?

    Robert Myers on

  • Bean sprouts are used in this recipe and are typically found in the produce section of the super market. Canned white beans may be used as a substitution for bean sprouts, but decrease the amount from 2 cups to 1 cup. The use of canned beans may cause the soup to take on a starchy flavor.

    Blendtec on

  • Fresh tomatoes may be used in place of tomato sauce. Use 4-5 medium tomatoes. Blend the tomatoes with the onion and bean sprouts and water (decrease water from 1 cup to ½ cup).

    Blendtec on

  • The tomatoes can be used fresh or cooked. With fresh, the color of the soup will be orange and the soup will taste like fresh tomatoes. With cooked tomatoes, the soup will have a deep red hue and taste like cooked tomatoes.

    Blendtec on

  • The state of the world has deteriorated so much that people actually make comments on a recipe about whether or not it should be as stated. If you don’t want to eat something, don’t eat it! Don’t take a recipe author to task because they have included ingredients you deem unhealthy. It would be akin to writing the author of a cookbook because they didn’t write it "your" way. There’s no right or wrong in a recipe, it’s about personal taste. (Food is made to be enjoyed!)

    scoob on


    SHANA on

  • Great soup. I used chicken stock instead of bouillon and water. I sautéed the onions instead of boiling, and I added sautéed carrots, celery, two cloves of garlic and two jalepenos.

    Christine_444 on

  • I tried it as is and turned out bland. The second time, I used chicken broth instead of water, garbanzo beans in lieu of soy, no bouillon, added 2 cups of water and doubled the tomato sauce = best tomato soup ever!

    Dina on

  • Thank you this is what I was looking for in the first place, I have soooo many tomatoes to use up quickly from my boyfriend’s garden. I have been craving tomato soup. Can’t wait to try this!

    Treats57 on

  • why be so snarky? let’s just all enjoy our Blendtecs and the recipes however they work for us. Hmmm?

    Bikegoddess on

  • Just made this for lunch today. I used stewed tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. Excellent soup – even hubby liked it and he does not care for white beans, but then again he did not know they were in the soup.

    freeloader on

  • Very good soup. I made it without all the water. I only put half water and half chicken broth. And I added garlic clove (1/2 small one) and some Italian seasons.

    Vanessa on

  • Maybe someone has already asked this- but can you/or did anyone try this with fresh basil?

    Tracey on

  • It’s amazing that somebody can take a soup made with beans, onions, tomatoes, and basil and call it unhealthy.

    Hops on

  • Martha, not everyone can have dairy, and this is a perfect recipe for those of us who can’t. Tho I do agree about the high quality fats issue.

    Lynda on

  • Yes, you can! However, you’ll want to use twice as much fresh basil.

    Blendtec on

  • I do mine with fresh tomatoes, then I bring it to a boil and simmer it for at least 1 hour. The red color comes back and the healthy lycopenes in the tomatoes are higher from cooking it.

    Steve Beaudin on

  • How is the taste of the actual soup that is posted? I check reviews to learn about the recipe, flavour, etc. Not to read about whether or not dairy is good for us or about GMO’s.

    Laura on

  • This soup is delicious and soooo easy :) l made a few changes to it, making it even easier. Also after reading the reviews I too decided to cut back on the onion, (just a bit much for us since it’s basically raw) but so good for you :) Also added some healthy fat to it, but Blendtec did a great job on this one. The beans are great way to add that creaminess. Thank you Blendtec :)

    1 can white beans (bpa free liner)
    1/2 of medium yellow onion
    3 cups warm vegetable stock
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    2 cups organic basil tomato sauce
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    Salt and black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons basil olive oil

    Add beans, onion, stock, tomato paste, tomato sauce and dried basil to a FourSide or WildSide+ jar and secure lid.
    Select "Soup" or "Hot" or "90" cycle or blend on a High speed for 90 seconds. Repeat if soup is not hot
    Add remaining ingredients and secure lid.
    Press "Pulse" 2–4 times to incorporate ingredients. Adjust seasoning as needed

    Veronique Cagle on

  • This quote "The countries with the most dairy consumption have the most bone diseases and cancers" is a perfect example of a non causal relationship. I can see you are doing your research but it’s in the wrong places.
    The fact that you own a blendtec shows your interest in nutrition and health in general, and that’s a great start. Let the experts inform the public.

    Claud on

  • What Blendtec machine is pictured for this recipe, please.

    Honey on

  • This is the kind of comment that people here care about. Thank you. I will try it!

    John Selzler on

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