This Creamy Tomato Soup recipe is unbelievably simple, yet so utterly delicious that once you try it, you’ll likely never go back to canned tomato soup! Made with canned tomatoes, onion and garlic, comforting butter (or olive oil), and heavy cream (or coconut milk!) this homemade creamy tomato soup is just about the most nostalgic soup in the history of nostalgic soups.
One bite and you’re transported back to childhood in the best possible way – but even better, because this creamy tomato soup didn’t come from a can!
Table of Contents
- The Story Behind the Recipe
- Why You’ll Love This Creamy Tomato Soup
- Creamy Tomato Soup Ingredients
- How to Make It
- What to Serve with Tomato Soup
- Tips for Freezing Tomato Soup
- Tomato Soup Garnishes
- More Homemade Soup Recipes
The Story Behind the Recipe
This recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup has been on Kitchen Treaty since the very early days! When I first created it, I was head-over-heels for Marcella Hazen’s tomato sauce with simply butter, tomatoes, and onions. When I was making a batch of the tomato sauce, I couldn’t help but think about what a wonderful soup it would make. So, after simmering the onions, tomatoes, and butter together, I added veggie broth, pureed it, and made it creamy with some heavy whipping cream. YUM!
Over time, however, I’ve pulled this creamy tomato soup recipe back a bit and treated it more traditionally. Now, I saute the onions and garlic first, then add the tomatoes and let them concentrate.
I’ve also gone through a period of not being able to eat dairy, so I have often subbed in olive oil or vegan butter and coconut milk for the cream for a vegan creamy tomato soup.
All options are delicious!
Why You’ll Love This Creamy Tomato Soup
Tomato soup – especially super-delicious creamy tomato soup – is something just about everyone loves, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike, so it’s likely to please every palate under your roof. This particular soup is so creamy, comforting, and familiar – and there’s not much better than tomato soup with grilled cheese, am I right?!
Creamy Tomato Soup Ingredients
With just six ingredients, this tomato soup recipe is such a cinch to put together. It’s flexible, too. If you prefer a dairy-free and vegan tomato soup, I’ve got you covered with a couple of easy swap-ins.
- Butter – In keeping with the original inspiration, this recipe starts with a couple of pats of melted butter. There’s just something about butter in tomato soup! But it’s absolutely delicious with olive oil or dairy-free butter too.
- Onion – Just your standard yellow onion is great here (but swap in another type if that’s what you have!)
- Tomatoes – This calls for one large can of whole tomatoes. You can use diced if you prefer.
- Garlic – Adds a subtle note of garlicky flavor that keeps you wanting more.
- Vegetable broth – I prefer low-sodium veggie broth so I can better control the overall salt content.
- Salt & pepper – Flavor enhancers! A must!
- Heavy whipping cream – For unctuous, creamy bliss. Half and half will also work. Or, if you’re looking for a vegan or dairy-free tomato soup, try full-fat canned coconut milk or cashew cream.
How to Make It
This is such an easy creamy tomato soup to make! Simply saute the onion, then the garlic. Add the tomatoes, salt, and pepper and break them up with your spoon. Cook for a bit to concentrate the flavors, then add the veggie broth. A little more simmering, then puree it all.
Drizzle in your cream. Taste, add some more salt and pepper if you prefer, and DONE!
What to Serve with Tomato Soup
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches – straight-up classic grilled cheese or a fancier version like melty, cheesy spinach & artichoke
- Brown Sugar Garlic Mozzarella Breadsticks, or, if it’s Halloween time, Witch Finger Breadsticks!
- Simple Green Salad or Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad
Tips for Freezing Tomato Soup
Creamy Tomato Soup freezes remarkably well! Make a double batch and scoop individual servings into Ziploc bags, then transfer to the freezer. When you’re ready to warm it back up, move it to the refrigerator to thaw overnight, then warm gently in a soup pot on the stove.
Tomato Soup Garnishes
Top with fresh herbs like parsley or basil and a drizzle of cream or coconut milk. A sprinkling of croutons would be more than welcome, too!
More Homemade Soup Recipes
- This vegetarian version of chicken noodle soup, Chickpea Noodle Soup, is so cozy and comforting but much easier to make than traditional chicken noodle soup.
- Bean without Bacon Soup tastes just like the soup from the can – but it’s vegetarian!
- Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup is smoky tomato soup perfection.
- Minestrone is a classic for a reason!
- Simple Creamy Butternut Squash soup (or this version with apples) are so soothing and perfect for winter!
- Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup is creamy soup bliss.
Creamy Tomato Soup
- 28 ounces canned whole or diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter (can substitute olive oil or vegan butter)
- 1 yellow onion (medium sized; diced)
- 3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 clove garlic (minced)
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (plus more to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (plus more to taste)
- 3 tablespoons heavy cream (can substitute cashew cream or coconut milk)
- In a large soup pot over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add the tomatoes, breaking them apart with a wooden spoon as they cook. Simmer until the tomatoes thicken and begin to break down, about 15 minutes.
- Add the vegetable broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Return to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop. Remove from heat and let mixture cool to room temperature so that it's safe to puree without danger of burning yourself.
- Puree ingredients in a blender, food processor, or right in the pan with an immersion blender. Return the mixture to the pan and return to a simmer.
- Stir in heavy cream or coconut milk and add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Serve garnished with fresh parsley or basil and an extra drizzle of cream if desired.