This Rich and Comforting Homemade Tomato Basil Soup Recipe has the incredible flavors of tomato, sherry, butter and cream which create the perfect soup recipe made insanely quick in an Instant Pot!
The Perks and Highlights of the Best Tomato Basil Soup
Cuisine Inspiration: Italian
Primary Cooking Method: Instant Pot/Sautéing
Dietary Info: Vegetarian (can be adjusted to vegan by substituting cream and butter)
Key Flavor: The aromatic blend of juicy tomatoes, fresh basil, and a hint of sherry
Skill Level: Easy
- Butter and Onions: The recipe kicks off with a solid foundation of buttery onions, sautéed to perfection, setting the stage for a flavorful adventure.
- Tomato Twirl: Diced tomatoes and tomato juice come into play, creating a tangy and refreshing backbone for the soup.
- Seasoning Symphony: A harmonious blend of sugar, bouillon cubes, salt, and pepper are added, striking the perfect balance between savory and sweet.
- Creamy Dream: The inclusion of sherry and heavy cream transforms the soup into a luxurious, creamy delight, while the basil and parsley infuse a fresh, herby aroma.
- Parmesan Perfection: For those looking to elevate their soup game, a sprinkle of parmesan right before serving adds an irresistible cheesy goodness.
There is nothing easier than a one pot soup recipe; every step and all your ingredients made in one pot for the whole family. Done in just about 30 minutes, the instant pot makes everything so much better especially soup recipes. Usually you will have to stir occasionally or even frequently when making a soup but with the instant pot, you can relax a bit.
These are the key ingredients that make a world of difference in this tomato soup recipe:
It starts with simple aromatics: onions and butter. The butter adds subtle richness while the onion offers a bit of acidity to balance out the sweetness of the tomatoes. The bouillon cubes, salt and pepper brighten the flavors in the soup. Note: You can replace the chicken bouillon cubes with vegetable flavored if you would like to go for a full vegetarian soup option.
Each fresh herb, especially the addition of fresh basil, contributes an earthy freshness, making the soup complex and layered with flavor. The Sherry adds warmth, sweetness and a Christmas-y quality that you never knew you needed in a tomato soup.
Because this recipe is made in an instant pot, you may be wondering what will help give the soup the smooth creamy texture you may be craving.
Heavy Whipping Cream!
It is a key ingredient in creating that texture and taste. The silkiness of it is necessary. The combination of the butter adds thickness and richness to the soup.
How to Make Tomato Basil Soup in an Instapot
- Prep the Pot: Start by setting your Instant Pot to sauté, getting it ready for the magic to happen.
- Butter Bliss: Toss in the butter and let it melt, paving the way for flavor.
- Onion Aroma: Throw in the onions, stirring until they’re just the right shade of translucent.
- Tomato Tango: Add diced tomatoes and tomato juice into the mix, stirring well.
- Season and Lock: Sprinkle in the sugar, bouillion cubes, salt, and pepper. Give it a good stir and secure the lid in place.
- Pressure Cook to Perfection: Switch the setting to manual and set your timer for a swift 3 minutes. Once done, let it naturally vent for an additional 10 minutes.
- Creamy Finish: Stir in the sherry, heavy cream, basil, and parsley, transforming your soup to a creamy delight.
- Parmesan Rain: If you’re feeling fancy, top it off with a sprinkle of parmesan before serving.
Favorite Soup Recipes to Try
If you love soup, definitely check out these other incredible soup recipes on my website.
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- If you love a vegan option, try this Chipotle Black Bean Tortilla Soup recipe!
Homemade Tomato Basil Soup Recipe
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 (46 ounce) bottle or can tomato juice
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 chicken bouillion cubes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 cup sherry
- 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped parsley
- Parmesan for garnish
- Set your Instant Pot to saute and allow to warm. Add butter to melt. Add onions and cook until translucent.
- Add the diced tomatoes and tomato juice and stir to combine. Add in sugar, bouillion cubes, salt and pepper, then stir and lock lid in place.
- Set cooker to manual then set timer for 3 minutes. When timer is up set to Naturally vent then add an additional 10 minutes.
- Stir in sherry, heavy cream, basil and parsley. Sprinkle on parmesan if desired before serving.