Not Everything is About Chicken Soup…Tomato & Basil Soup Saves The Day!

For the past few days, my entire family has been under the weather.  Hannah had a bout of food poisoning and is nursing a slight cough now.  Ethan is coughing a little too, although both the kids are well on their way to recovery now.  Both Pete and I have our noses blocked now. 🙁

It’s no fun at all, I’m sure you know, and just as I was racking my brains today trying to come up with something comforting and soothing to enjoy (apart from the traditional chicken soup), I figured I would just throw some stuff together and see if it tastes good.

Now I know that basil is supposed to be good for ailments such as cough and cold, so I definitely wanted to add that into the soup.  Then I just added whatever else I thought would taste yummy, and so I ended up with my very own version of Seafood Tomato Basil Soup!


  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 yellow onion, minced
  • Some olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped into cubes roughly
  • Italian seasoning
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree or instant tomato pasta sauce
  • About 20-25 leaves of fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 15-20 shrimps, peeled
  • 1-2 cups water, depending on consistency preferred
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat up olive oil over a medium flame, and sautée the onions, garlic and Italian seasoning until fragrant.
  2. Pour in the tomatoes and tomato puree/pasta sauce.
  3. Add the water and increase heat until soup comes to a boil.
  4. Stir in the shrimps, and lower the heat till a simmer.  You could also add in other types of seafood like fish slices, clams, crabmeat etc.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste and simmer for about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the fresh basil and mix gently.
  7. Serve hot, either with steamed rice, bread, buns or even pasta!

Have you cooked up a recipe simply on a whim before? 🙂

This soupy recipe was certainly a welcome change for our palates, and the tomato and basil went so well together!  I’m definitely adding in some clams the next time I cook this!

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One Response to Not Everything is About Chicken Soup…Tomato & Basil Soup Saves The Day!

  1. take care and get well soon…. we bought a home humidifier during winter, recommended by our family doctor. Hope it helps….

    The Giddy Tigress says: Oh yeah, we have a humidifier too, and it really helps, especially since the air is so dry here. Thanks! 🙂

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