Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup

I grow a lot of basil in my garden and I keep looking for an excuse to cook with it. Last night I remembered that I hadn’t cooked as a main ingredient in stew. And that led me to this.

From my garden with love. My grandmother called this patminger, this basil specie here is the sweet basil.

Basil in open markets are sold mostly as “curry leaf”, sometimes they are called scent leaf which is what Efinrin is also called. So if buying in the open market in Nigeria, ask for “curry leaf”.

And it tastes so delicious with rice, goes well with rice too, tomorrow I’d try it with yam!

You know how I like simple recipes, this is one. I took some inspiration from the Italian Tomato Basil soup while keeping it real enough for my Nigerian palate. This recipe requires just a few ingredients


  • 1.3kg Plum Tomatoes (roughly 24 medium sized tomatoes)
  • 1 small bunch of basil
  • 12 garlic cloves
  • 5 small Ata Rodo (scotch bonnet)
  • 1 small onion
  • Vegetable oil (I recommend Olive oil)
  • *2 Seasoning cubes
  • Salt to taste

You would really love this soup alot more if you roast the tomatoes, garlic and peppers first before blending as shown below. If however you can’t roast them it’s just fine too.

Frozen tomatoes about to go into the oven.
Roasted in the oven. I almost burned this but that’s fine, I got the smokiness and more darkness in the blend.
Blend of roasted tomatoes + garlic + basil + peppers + onions.


  • Blend Tomatoes, Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Basil to a smooth paste.
  • Heat up oil in a pan, pour in your blended paste, add salt and seasoning cubes
  • Cook till done (you can actually add meats of choice if you like.
  • Serve and enjoy with your favourite accompaniment.


Enjoy with FDVie Tropical Fruit Burst

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