Friday, March 8, 2013

Healthy Tomato Basil Soup (159 calories)

     I continue to look for recipes that I can adapt into healthy versions and this Tomato Basil soup was a success. I want to warn you ahead of time that I actually made mine in the crockpot and it worked just fine (4 hours on low heat) but it was really, really ugly before it went into the blender. There is a picture below, just so you know that you didn't ruin it! This would be easy to make quickly without the crockpot, I simply wanted to see what happened when it slow cooked.

Serving size is 1 1/4 cups for only 159 calories
per serving when entered into my calorie calculator.
In your pan or crockpot add:
1 T. olive oil
1 T. dried basil (or fresh basil if you have it)
pinch of garlic powder (to taste)
4 cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes (do not drain)
8 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 cups skim milk
salt and pepper to taste
Heat through until cheese melts and place in small batches into the blender (the soup will explode when hot if you put very much in the blender-hold the lid on). Pulse until creamy.

Tomatoes and oil in crockpot
All ingredients in crockpot
Gross and ugly looking soup as I am dipping it into the blender
Creamy and delicious after blending.
     I got a new laptop today and I'm trying to get things switched over and getting a feel for the new keyboard. I also have to learn the tricks of Windows 8 so who knows how many errors you will see in the next few days!
I am joining Michael @ Rattlebridge Farm
for Foodie Friday


NanaDiana said...

It took me a while to adapt to a laptop but once I did there is no turning back.
Your soup looks great-wish I could eat tomatoes! xo Diana

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks yummy - thanks for the recipe. I like tomato/basil soup, but don't think I have ever had it with a cheese in it - good combination.
Enjoy your weekend!

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...I really really really want a bowl of this right NOW! Tomato and basil are my favourite combination. xoxo Hugs

Blondie's Journal said...

This looks so good and I have never heard of cream cheese in this kind of soup. I just bought an immersion blender, will that work?

You are going to love your laptop. I do not miss using a mouse at all!

Happy Weekend!


bj said...

Even tho I am not fond of tomatoes (well, I like the ones off our vines), tomato basil is one of my favorites. Especially with that infamous grilled cheese. :)
Must try this one.