Easy Tomato Soup

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This is the best tomato soup recipe I’ve ever eaten. Made with only 6 ingredients, you won’t believe how easy it is to make. Pair this classic tomato soup with some grilled cheese for a deliciously simple meal.

tomato soup in a bowl with sourdough grilled cheese to the right. Turquoise dutch oven with more soup to the right.

We LOVE soup at our house. And by “we,” I mean me and my kids… My husband just tolerates it. His loss, honestly, because it is my jam!

It’s that time of the year, soup season! Every Monday, you will find me making some homemade chicken broth in the Instant Pot to use for delicious soups throughout the week (like Chicken LentilMinestroneChicken and Wild Rice, and more)

Usually after the first batch is done, I’ll pull all the meat off the bones, and throw the bones back in the instant pot with more water, onions, carrots, celery, and a splash of apple cider vinegar and set it for 90 minutes. 

This is a trick I learned from another blogger friend. Then you don’t have to wash the Instant Pot twice, making broth two separate times. Genius.

Usually, Monday is soup night, and then I store a half gallon of broth in the fridge to make other quick recipes throughout the week.

For example, this easy tomato soup recipe is the perfect recipe for a quick and easy dinner. Doesn’t take much time to bring together, and paired with grilled cheese, it is the perfect classic comfort food.

And it beats the canned version 100 times over. So yummy.

easy tomato soup in a white bowl with grilled cheese on a plate in the background

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

  • This recipe easily adapts to specialty diets. To make this vegetarian, use vegetable broth. If you want to make it vegan, use vegetable broth and swap out the butter for a little oil.
  • Makes the perfect lunch. Pair this with some sourdough bread grilled cheese for a ridiculously delicious meal. It’s hands down our favorite lunch at our house.
  • Super budget friendly. A whole batch of this soup just costs a few dollars to make. I make it with my zero-dollar homemade chicken broth: I save the scraps from carrots, onions, and celery when I use them in other dishes and keep them in the freezer, then just throw the veggie scraps in the instant pot with a whole chicken and water. Zero dolla broth, yo.
  • If you don’t have basil on hand, no worries. Just leave it out. It will still be tasty.
  • Easiest tomato soup recipe you will ever make. 

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Ingredients:

Canned tomatoes (try to use ones that are canned in BPA-free cans) are usually picked at the peak of ripeness (meaning they have the most nutrition) and then canned. You could also use fresh tomatoes or ones you have canned yourself

Onions and garlic: Great for gut health, and contain loads of nutrients, like vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and folate. Garlic is also rich in thiamin, calcium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.

Butter: choose grass-fed butter if you can. It contains more omega-3 fats, and is a slightly healthier option. Substitute with olive oil for a vegan or vegetarian option.

Bone broth: I always use homemade chicken broth in my soups (choose vegetable broth if vegetarian or vegan). Bone broth is rich in nutrients, collagen, and gelatin, which can help joints, and is a good source of protein. It may also help reduce inflammation, heal the gut, and help with sleep. (source) For a vegetarian option, choose vegetable stock.

Salt and black pepper: I like to use sea salt or kosher salt.

Red pepper flakes: Totally optional, but if you like a little bit of a kick and a pinch.

Tools you will need:

Tools you will need:

Regular blender, food processor or immersion blender

Knife

Cutting board

Garlic press (optional)

Can opener

Soup pot or large pot.

easy tomato soup recipe in a bowl with a dutch oven to the right.

How To Make The Best Tomato Soup

Sautéd onions and garlic in a dutch oven

In a pot or dutch oven over medium heat, melt butter and add chopped onions. Sauté until the onions start to turn translucent and golden brown.

Add minced garlic (I love my garlic press to mince the garlic fast, but you can also just slice it, since it will all be thrown into the blender at the end) and sauté for 2 more minutes, making sure that the garlic doesn’t start to burn.

canned tomato with onions and garlic to make homemade tomato soup

To the sautéed onion/garlic mixture, add a can of diced tomatoes, juice and all.

adding broth to tomatoes, onion, and garlic for easy tomato soup

Add salt, fresh basil (or dried), and broth. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Puree with an immersion blender, or place in a blender and blend in batches. I would recommend only filling your blender pitcher up about half way, and make sure to place a towel over the lid. Just in case any of the soup splashes up, you don’t want it burning your hand.

tomato soup being ladled into a blender to puree into tomato soup

If you use a traditional blender, pour the blended soup back into the pot and mix well. 

Give it a taste. Add salt and pepper to taste. If the acidity of the tomatoes is too great for your liking, you can add a little sugar to cut the acid.

Ladle the hot soup into bowls and top with cheese, croutons (omit if you are gluten free), scallions or a dollop of sour cream to make it a little creamy and tangy.

Storage:

Stores well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container. Or in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months

sourdough grilled cheese being dunked into homemade tomato soup

FAQ:

Is Tomato Soup Healthy?

Yes! It only contains a few very simple ingredients, is full of nutrients.

What do you serve with tomato soup:

Grilled cheese sandwiches

BLT or any sandwiches

Salad

Baked potato

Gnocchi

Dinner rolls

Quiche or frittata

What can you put in tomato soup?

Croutons

Cheese: parmesan cheese

Drizzle of pesto

Bacon

Dollop of sour cream

Scallions

Fresh herbs

Heavy cream: Mix in a little heavy cream to make this cream of tomato soup.

What can you add to tomato soup to make it taste better?

Add fresh herbs, garlic, salt, cheese, or a pinch of sugar to help make tomato soup taste better.

More Delicious And Easy Soup Ideas

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easy tomato soup recipe in a bowl with a dutch oven to the right.

Easy Tomato Soup

This is the best tomato soup I've ever eaten is super easy to make with only 6 ingredients, you won't believe how delicious it is.
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Author: Amy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 28 oz can dice tomatoes
  • 3 cups broth chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp basil dried
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat, melt butter and add chopped onions. Sauté until the onions start to turn translucent.
  • Add minced garlic (I love my garlic press to mince the garlic fast, but you can also just slice it, since it will all be thrown into the blender at the end) and sauté for 2 more minutes, making sure that the garlic doesn't start to burn.
  • To the garlic-onion mixture, add a can of diced tomatoes, juice and all. 
  • Add salt, basil, and broth. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Puree with an immersion blender, or place in a blender and blend in batches. I would recommend only filling your blender pitcher up about half way, and make sure to place a towel over the lid. Just in case any of the soup splashes up, you don't want it burning your hand.
  • If you used a traditional blender, pour the blended soup back into the pot and mix well. 
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and top with cheese, croutons (omit if you are gluten free), scallions or a dollop of sour cream to make it a little creamy and tangy.

Notes

Stores well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
Add 4 cups of broth for a broth-ier soup. 3 cups will give you a thicker soup.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato soup
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