Simple Lunch: Tomato Basil Soup & Loaded BLT

Looking for a simple but filling lunch idea? This is it! Creamy Tomato Basil Soup with a Loaded BLT. Takes maybe 20ish minutes to complete. So easy, so filling and super affordable. You can double the recipe to have leftover soup for your work week! (but be warned you’ll be found drooling every minute thinking about what awaits you for your lunch break) You need to add this to your meal plan, NOW!

Happy cooking, friends!

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1-2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 28oz cans of crushed tomoatoes (can also sub diced or whole)
  • 2 cups chicken or bone broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 TBSP dried basil or 2 TBSP fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • parmesan cheese (to top)


1 In a stock pot over medium heat sauté minced garlic in olive oil. ( I use my garlic press instead of mincing)

2 When garlic becomes fragrant (2-3 minutes) add canned tomatoes, chicken broth, dried basil (if adding fresh basil wait until you add the cream in the next step) salt and pepper. Stir until well combined

3 Cook at a simmer (this means a light bubble, not a boil) for 10 minutes

4 Reduce heat to low, adding heavy cream (this is when you would add your fresh basil)

5 Serve topped with parmesan cheese and BLT on the side!!

BLT Ingredients:

  • favorite sandwich bread (we use sourdough)
  • 1 package of nitrate free bacon (it’s the better choice y’all)
  • avocado
  •  tomato
  • head of lettuce
  • cheese (we use pepper jack for a subtle kick)
  • mayo (hellmann’s for life)
  • dijon mustard


1. Turn oven to 400, lay foil over a sheet pan and place bacon on top. Bake bacon for 15 minutes or until crispy

2. Once bacon is cooked, transfer to a paper towel to “degrease”

3. Toast two pieces of bread, while toasting slice up all your veggies

4. When bread is done add; mayo, dijon, tomato, lettuce, avocado (I like to mash mine up and use it as more of a spread than slices, I think it keeps them from falling off when you take a bite), cheese and bacon.

5. Serve with tomato soup! Dare you to eat just one…

Sam’s Tips:

The tomato soup can be made dairy free by using coconut milk instead of heavy cream. Be sure to check that your chicken broth contains no traces of dairy as well.

I buy all the ingredients for this meal at Aldi. It’s super affordable and we eat it fairly regularly, like most Sundays after church. 🙂

You can sub bacon for any lunch meat or tuna as well.

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