This easy delicious Instant Pot Tomato Basil Soup recipe is a Panera Bread Copycat. Bursting with flavors of fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. Smooth, creamy, naturally thickened & freezer friendly this fall comfort soup is great way to use that harvest of fresh tomatoes. Vegan. Gluten-Free. Dairy-Free. Stove Top recipe included.
This post was first published on Sep 2019 and has been updated with a new recipe, new images and easy instructions on Sep 16, 2020.
Why you will love this Panera Bread Tomato Soup Recipe
Don't we all need a simple, comforting Tomato soup recipe? This Tomato Basil Soup Recipe is my go-to recipe when September comes and tomatoes are in season. Once you try this recipe, it's sure to become your new favorite.It's 1000x better than any store bought soup or restaurant made soup. Here is why you will love it
- Flavors! This soup is simply yum. Infused with flavors of fresh tomatoes, garlic and lots of herbs. Bye bye canned tomatoes!
- Super easy to make with minimal effort.
- No fancy ingredients. Made from easily available ingredients in the kitchen.
- Naturally thickened using veggies, no heavy creams or flour used.
- Soul warming, you can enjoy it all year around.
- Hearty, healthy and low in carbs and calories.
- It freezes well and reheats easily.
- Vegan & Gluten-Free.
Try it yourself and fall in love with it.
Panera Tomato Soup Recipe Ingredients
It's super simple, no fancy ingredients needed.
- olive oil
- fresh tomatoes
How to make Panera Tomato Basil Soup in an Instant Pot
I like to begin with roasting the tomatoes, onions and garlic as roasting sweetens the soup adding delicious flavors and the lovely bright colors. This process takes about 40 minutes. If you are crunched on time you can skip the roasting and just add the fresh tomatoes directly into the pot.
If you decide to roast the tomatoes, line a baking sheet with aluminium foil. Cut the tomatoes into half, spread them on a baking sheet along with garlic cloves. Drizzle some olive oil and salt and roast them for about 40 minutes at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Don't throw away the juice from the tomatoes.
Using the Saute mode, heat the oil, throw in the Italian herbs, fresh or dried whatever is handy.
If you roasted the onions, tomatoes and garlic throw them all into the pot together with the fresh basil leaves, salt, sugar and liquid. If you haven't roasted the onions, first cook onions and garlic in the oil until aromatic before adding the rest of the ingredients.
Close the lid and seal the vent and start pressure cooking. If you are using roasted tomatoes pressure cook for 8 minutes. If you are using fresh tomatoes, pressure cook for 15 minutes. Quick release in either case.
Using an hand blender or a stand blender, blend the soup until you get a smooth consistency. At this point taste the soup and if you feel the need to add a pinch of sugar, feel free to add it now.
With fresh basil leaves, red pepper flakes, crushed black pepper and some olive oil if you like.
Serving Suggestions for Creamy Tomato Soup
- topped with garlicky roasted chickpeas.
- served alongside these delicious roasted potatoes or mushroom risotto.
- pair with a grilled falafel sandwich or a green leafy salad.
- or a light quinoa ceviche.
How to make Tomato Basil soup on the stove top?
Yes you can follow the same steps as the Instant Pot except that instead of pressure cooking you will cover the pot with a lid and cook until the tomatoes have softened, before you puree it.
So I need to skin and seed the tomatoes?
No, this recipe doesn't call for it and it still yields the perfect smooth and creamy texture as you can see.
What tomatoes are best for this soup?
This soup calls for fresh juicy tomatoes. I like to use Romas or Tomatoes-on-the-vine.
Can I freeze Panera Bread tomato soup?
Yes, absolutely. This soup is dairy free with no cream added, so this soup will freeze well. Hot soup can heat up your freezer and cause ice buildup or condensation, cool the soup for no more than two hours at room temperature, or until it's cold in the refrigerator. Package it in a tightly sealed, freezer-safe container, and store it in the freezer for up to six months.
How to reheat frozen soup?
Ideally frozen soups should be defrosted overnight in the refrigerator then reheated gently in a saucepan. However it is possible to reheat the soup direct from frozen and this is best done, at least partially, with a microwave. With both methods please make sure that the soup is reheated until it is piping hot.
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