Sopa o Crema de Tomate con Albahaca (Tomato and Basil Soup)

by Erica Dinho on March 6, 2012

Sopa o Crema de Tomate con Albahaca(Tomato and Basil Soup)

Tomato soup is popular all over the world and there are, of course, many variations of this simple soup. This is my mom’s Sopa de Tomate recipe. I hated it as a kid, but now I can’t get enough of it!

This soup was something that I threw together for lunch the other day while trying to use some basil that was going bad. Creamy, smooth and delicious, it is the perfect soup. I garnished mine with cream, pesto and served it with an arepa topped with melted cheese.

Buen Provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, plus more for serving
  • Pesto for serving

Crema de Tomate


  1. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil and butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the carrots, onion and garlic, cook until tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the canned tomatoes with the juice, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and sugar.
  4. Cook about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add basil and cream.
  5. Place in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with 1 tablespoon pesto and a drizzle of heavy cream.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karen March 6, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Mmm, this sounds so comforting and I like the arepa with cheese instead of a grilled cheese sandwich!


2 Belinda @zomppa March 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Basil adds such great magic! Like in classic soups.


3 Reeni March 6, 2012 at 8:45 PM

I didn’t like tomato soup much when I was a kid either but love it now! This is delicious comfort in a bowl!


4 5 Star Foodie March 7, 2012 at 11:34 PM

This soup looks terrific, the combination of tomato and basil is wonderful.


5 Joanne March 8, 2012 at 7:46 AM

I love the fresh flavors in this soup! And served with an arepa on this side…this just might be my ideal meal.


6 norma March 10, 2012 at 10:42 AM

I hated tomato soup as a child and now I am begining to love it. This version sounds so good.


7 Chris March 10, 2012 at 12:48 PM

I could go for a bowl of this creamy goodness right now. It looks delicious, Erica.


8 Amber @ The Cook's Sister March 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

This soup looks so tasty and easy to make! I can’t wait to try out this recipe myself!


9 Erica March 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Thank you everyone!


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