When it comes to comfort foods, one of my favorite things to make is a warm and creamy slow cooker soup. Easy to make, slow simmered for hours, and perfect flavor - homemade is ALWAYS best! And there's nothing better than homemade Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup! The aroma as this creamy and dreamy soup slow cooks is just amazing!
There are times when my family likes a lighter cream of tomato soup, but if you want to ramp up the flavor, you have got to taste the difference that roasted tomatoes and fresh basil make! And color...have you ever seen a richer, deeper roasted tomato soup? I usually serve fresh cream on the side, so that everyone can "drizzle" their own happy little design in their bowl, and add as many rich creamy calories as they would like.
I saute the fresh vegies to give this another layer of flavor - onions, carrots and garlic, so yummy when added to fresh basil! Throw everything in your slow cooker and let is simmer for a while - it is so easy to make! Although I usually make this with chicken broth or stock, I've also made this with vegetable broth as a base - they're both good, so pick your favorite.
And one of the secrets to this little soup is that you can use it as a base for casseroles or anything else that you might want a perfectly seasoned tomato base for. By pureeing or blending to YOUR perfect consistency - thick, chunky or smooth and creamy - you can customize this for your own taste buds.
Spoonful after delicious spoonful, this is creamy tomato soup at its best. Isn't the swirl of cream just so pretty? Garnish with fresh chopped basil, fresh grated parmesan or toasty garlic herb croutons...
You're gonna love this, I promise!