I was passing by a Hale & Hearty shop and noticed that they were offering a tomato, corn and basil soup. I didn’t stop in and buy some, but I thought that it would be a great idea to make it myself.

simmer tomato, corn and basil soup

Since it’s fall and I’m loving what is available at the farmers’ markets in NYC, I originally planned to buy tomatoes and fresh corn there. However, I decided to just use canned tomatoes and frozen corn to reduce the prep time.

This is an easy, nutritious soup that you could prepare for a light supper or lunch.

tomato, corn and basil soup in bowl

Here is the recipe:

Tomato, Corn and Basil Soup

(makes five 8oz. servings)



1 28-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 cup vegetable broth

1 cup kernels of corn (frozen or fresh)

½ of a medium-sized onion

salt and pepper (to taste)

1 bay leaf

3 parsley leaves

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 medium-sized basil leaves

1 garlic clove

pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

pinch of sugar (optional)


Dice onion. Heat canola oil over medium heat in a dutch oven or other medium-sized pot. Add the diced onion, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Saute until onion is clear in appearance.

Add corn and continue to saute until tender. Add vegetable broth and simmer for 3 minutes. 

Add tomatoes to the soup. Smash the garlic and add it to the soup as well. Allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes.

Check on the soup and taste to see if the tomatoes are done. If the soup tastes too tart, you may add a pinch of sugar to improve the taste. If you want a little heat, you may add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

After 30 minutes, add olive oil and basil leaves to the soup. Allow soup to simmer on low heat for an additional 5 minutes. Shut off heat. Allow pot to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Ladle soup into a soup bowl. Garnish with parsley leaves. Serve with toasted pieces of hearty bread or tortillas.

Store remaining soup in small containers. Bring a container with you to work for lunch.

If you like this soup recipe, then check out my other soup recipes.

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