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Tomato Basil & Beef Soup

A few friends and I used to frequent this cute little tea shop that served soup, salad, and tea for lunch. The building was adorable and it was the perfect place for girlfriends to unwind from a meeting filled morning. Everything the tea shop served was outstanding, but their specialty was Tomato Basil Soup. I think I could’ve eaten it every single day!

Now that I eat more protein and less dairy, this heavy cream soup that’s topped with sour cream doesn’t really fit the Paleo lifestyle. Thankfully, with a few minor tweaks, my favorite soup easily fits a Paleo diet!

Tomato Basil & Beef Soup


Christine @ onceamonthmeals.com


  • 30 ounces organic diced tomatoes (fire-roasted adds an even richer flavor)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, canned (full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef, preferably grass-fed and grass-finished
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chicken broth, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped


Add diced tomatoes and coconut milk to a blender and blend until smooth. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil and saute onions until translucent. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain fat. Stir in minced garlic and salt. Pour in tomato/coconut milk mixture and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer 10-15 minutes. Mix in fresh basil. Serve and enjoy!

Freezing Directions:

Let soup cool completely. Pour into freezer bag, lay flat and freeze. To serve: Thaw. Reheat in microwave or on stove.



**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

21 Responses to “Tomato Basil & Beef Soup”

  1. Paula says:

    Made this, OMG! the best!! People at work couldn’t get over how good it looked! Thanks!

  2. Christine says:

    I’m thrilled to hear that!! Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Ellie says:

    I linked to this photo/recipe on my blog – with credit of course! Hope that’s okay? This recipe knocked my socks off, and I couldn’t wait to share it! xo

  4. LP says:

    This is sooo delicious. One can of plain diced tomatoes and one can of fire roasted with chilies was awesome. And using 4 teaspoons of dried basil a little earlier in the pot worked well. I thought adding some spinach leaves might be nice, but for some weird reason it made it taste fishy. So resist the urge to tweak it much.

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  6. Crystal says:

    How many calories does a cup of the soup have about?

    • Kelly says:

      We don’t currently have nutritional data for this recipe but you most certainly can check it out for yourself at sparkpeople.com they have free recipe nutritional review.

  7. Dena says:

    Love, love, love this recipe! It’s super easy to make, and a really great meal! I’ve made it for my partner and he really enjoyed it. Swapped the fresh basil for dried. Tried it with almond milk tonight and it was still fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Melissa D says:

    OMG…fantastic soup on a cold winter day…in Florida. Ok so it’s not -9 degrees but it is cold here and this soup is perfect. Put this recipe at the top of my Paleo list!!

  9. Kelly Jones says:

    Wow! This was amazing! Really loved the creamy taste of the coconut milk in it. Definitely going to be a staple recipe in this house! Might try it without beef in it too, makes a nice quick easy lunch then – even from scratch.

  10. Sharayah says:

    Made this for the first time tonight with dried basil- wow! The beef and coconut milk are unexpectedly awesome with the tomatoes. My husband isn’t a huge fan of tomato soup by itself because he likes something with a bit more substance, and this did it! I made a double batch and froze the leftovers since I’m expecting a baby soon and need good Paleo recipes that can easily be microwaved. Thanks so much for this! :D

  11. Kim says:

    Wow…made this tonight for dinner…and it was dee-lish! Will definitely be making it many times again…next time I will double or triple the recipe to eat now and freeze for later..Thanks for this great recipe!!!

  12. Nancy says:

    I just made this and it is fantastic! I am not a great fan of regular tomato soup. The coconut milk and hamburger put it over the top. Mild, full of flavor and I can’t wait until dinner tomorrow night. Thanks!!!

  13. Katy says:

    I made this today and it is amazing! I used 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes and 1 can of italian diced tomatoes and it worked out well.

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  17. Arliene says:

    Easy to prepare and tasty!

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