Tomato Soup With Fresh Herbs And Lemon

Tomato Basil Soup With Lemon

Tomato Soup With Fresh Herbs And Lemon

I like to grow a variety of tomatoes in my garden so that I have some for sandwiches, salads, salsa and sauce. Sometimes my garden and sandwich tomatoes really produce well, which leaves me with more baskets of tomatoes than one family could possibly use up in that way. So, I love this recipe because you can use any variety of tomato, and the best part is that you do not have to peel them prior to cooking. This soup is fantastic in the middle of the winter and honestly tastes like summer in a jar.
YIELD : 6-500 ml jars
WATER BATH PROCESSING TIME: 35 minutes for altitudes of 1000 feet or below. Adjust processing time for other altitudes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Water Bath Processing Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Course appetizer, dinner, lunch, side dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 servings
Calories 139 kcal


  • 16-litre stainless steel heavy bottomed pot
  • food mill
  • optional: food processor If you don't have a food processor, just chop the onions, carrots and celery by hand.
  • canning pot
  • wire basket or tray for the bottom of the canning pot
  • jar lift
  • magnetic wand for lid placement
  • funnel
  • microplane zester
  • scissors
  • 6-500 ml sterilized jars with lids and rings


To chop with a food processor:

  • 4 cups onions pulse about 3-4 large onions to get 4 cups finely chopped
  • cups carrots finely chopped
  • 1 cup celery finely chopped

Remaining ingredients:

  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 lbs tomatoes weigh out 10 pounds of tomatoes and then take a thin slice off the stem end
  • 2 tbsp sugar you can add up to ¼ cup sugar if you want a sweeter soup
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup basil lightly packed or substitute flat leafed parsley
  • 2 tbsp lemon peel finely shredded
  • ¾ cup lemon juice fresh or bottled (bottled will give a stronger lemon flavour in the final product)


Using a food processor:

  • Chop the onions; measure 4 cups.
  • Chop the carrots; measure 2¼ cups.
  • Chop the celery; measure 1 cup.

Prepare the remaining ingredients:

  • Mince the 6 cloves of garlic.
  • Cut off the stem end of the tomatoes and then chop them into large pieces.
  • Using scissors, snip the basil or parsley; measure 1 cup.
  • Using a microplane zester, finely shred the lemon peel; measure 2 tablespoons.
  • Heat the butter and olive oil in a 16-litre pot.
  • Add the chopped onions, carrots, celery and garlic to the pot and reduce the temperature to medium heat. Cook for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes, sugar and salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook for another 20 minutes. Stir often.
  • Press the mixture through a food mill; discard the skins and seeds. Return the strained mixture to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes or until you have about 10 cups remaining. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the basil or parsley, lemon peel and lemon juice.
  • Fill each sterilized jar with the tomato soup, leaving ½" headspace.
  • Wipe each jar rim with a paper towel or cloth dampened with hot water.
  • Top each jar with a washed and briefly warmed snap lid. (I put the snap lid in boiling hot water for 30 seconds; this softens the seal.) Add the sterilized ring and tighten to finger tip tightness.
  • Process using the boiling water method in a canning pot for 35 minutes. (Make sure to start timing when the water returns to a full boil after adding the tomato soup-filled jars.)
  • Remove the jars using a jar lift and place on a cutting board. Do not disturb for 24 hours.
  • Remove the rings and inspect the jars. Wipe the jars clean with a soapy cloth. Store the tomato soup without the rings in a dark cool place for up to a year. If any jars have failed to seal, store in the fridge and use immediately.



Serving: 1=½ a jarCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 825mgPotassium: 1107mgFiber: 6gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 7310IUVitamin C: 65mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg
Keyword basil, canning, home-canned, lemon, soup, tomato, water bath processing
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2 Replies to “Tomato Soup With Fresh Herbs And Lemon”

  1. 5 stars
    I canned jars of this soup in September and have been enjoying the fresh tomato soup all winter. Just a wonderful recipe with lots of flavour.

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