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simple tomato soup

Ohhh tomato soup.

You have been a staple in my life for as long as I can remember.

With a grilled cheese on the side.  Always.

You are like coffee + doughnuts.

Milk + cookies.

Just waiting to be dunked.

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This is the first time I’ve made a simple tomato soup. 

I won’t even try to question or answer why that is.

I’ve made it now and that’s all that matters.

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My fear of homemade soup has been conquered!

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Print this!

Simple Tomato Soup [serves 6-8]

  • 2, 28oz cans whole peeled tomatoes + juice [1 fire roasted, 1 plain]
  • 3c low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 3/4c basil, lightly packed
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3T butter
  • 1T + 1t garlic, minced
  • 2t dried parsley
  • 2t dried oregano
  • 1/4c half + half cream
  • 1/2 – 1t salt
  • black pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large pot over medium-low heat and melt the butter.
  2. Add the chopped onion and 1/2t salt stirring occasionally for 12-15min until translucent and just starting to brown.
  3. Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes, their juice, and 3c of veggie stock.  Stir.
  4. Tear the basil and stir it in the pot along with the parsley, oregano, and black pepper.
  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to simmer for 20min.
  6. Carefully blend the soup with an immersion blender until smooth.
  7. Put back on the heat and continue to simmer for 20min.
  8. Stir in the half + half. 
  9. Taste, then add more salt and pepper if desired and simmer for 5min.
  10. Serve or let cool before storing in the fridge. 
  11. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, black pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil and/or half + half.

Notes:  You can use 2 cans of the same type of whole tomatoes, or use 1 fire roasted and 1 plain like I did.  If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use your blender instead.  If you use your blender, do so in small batches and use caution. 

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My mom is heading to Colorado on Sunday for her spring break.  It was much easier leaving Ohio knowing she would be here just a few days later.  Now only if the whole family could join her.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Reader Comments (19)

Wow, I was just thinking I needed to buy a can of tomato soup at the store today and then I saw this and am inspired to make my own! Thank you so much for posting such a delicious and simple recipe- your photography is gorgeous!

Ashley--> You are so very welcome!
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly@Runmarun
So simple and so perfect.
I am so glad I found your blog (from a link on Bob's Red Mill blog), I just love it! Me and my 8 year old daughter spent a long time ogling over your recipes and can't wait to try a few. You've got something good going have even managed to make tomato soup look fantastic!

Ashley--> Thanks for saying hello! I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog!
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNiki
Holy yum, this sounds so good, Ashley. I made need to make this stat (with half a grilled cheese on the side)...yum. :)
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ Sassy Molassy
I haven't had tomato soup in way too long! i need to change that asap.
PS - I LOVE your new blog design Ashley!!

Ashley--> Thank you!!
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
how amazing does this look?! In my experience, tomato soup is either very plain or too complicated and time-consuming to make for a weeknight dinner. This recipe, on the other hand looks perfect! Substantial enough for a meal, with a salad or sandwich along side. And simple enough that I could whip it up mid-week.
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly W
That looks amazing! I can not wait to make this soup :) It has been so cloudy the past few days I have been craving warm soup and gf grilled cheese! Thanks for the recipe!
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
Homemade tomato soup is the best! Yay soup! Face those fears, haha. :)
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEileen
This looks amazing! I must make this soon!
I love tomato soup, especially with a grilled cheese sandwich! It's the ultimate comfort food. I can't wait to try your recipe. It looks delicious, and easy to make too!
April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
I am loving fresh homemade soup, I have been using tons of greens to make a super simple soup..this sounds great!!
April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizAshlee
As someone who has never really liked tomato soup that much, this looks and sounds really yummy! I can't wait until my tomato plants are producing like crazy later in the season - I think this would be awesome with tomatoes fresh from the garden :) Enjoy the time with your mom in Colorado!

Ashley--> I cannot wait to make this with fresh tomatoes!!! Thanks Andrea. :)
April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
This soup looks absolutely amazing!!! I cannot wait to try it out!! I have a question for you though... I am on a cleanse right now and the only dairy I am allowed to have it plain yogurt... Do you think I could sub that in for the cream?? Or do you think it would be too tangy??

Thanks so much!! I love making your recipes!

Ashley--> Plain yogurt would probably work, but you could also just leave it out. It just adds a touch of creaminess but is still very tasty without the cream. :) I'm so glad you're enjoying my recipes!
April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeagan
Ahhhh this looks divine!! I can't do dairy.. any suggestions for a non-dairy substitute for the cream?? Thanks!!!

Ashley--> Possibly full fat coconut milk, however it may change the flavor slightly. Or, you can also leave it out. It just adds a little bit of creaminess. Enjoy!
April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelaina
Coconut milk works great in tomato soup-you should try it :)

Ashley--> Thanks for the tip!
April 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
I love tom soup too!

You are welcome to join in my monthly food blogger event <a href="">THE SOUP KITCHEN, here</a> all bloggers are welcome, hope to see you participate soon. Different theme each month.
April 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebs @ The Spanish Wok
This is very similar to the recipe I use for homemade tomato soup, except instead of using vegetable broth, I save money by reserving the liquid from the 28 oz. can of tomatoes and use that. The flavor is excellent. Also, I find it is even better if I have time to roast the tomatoes on a baking sheet until they start to shrivel instead of sauteeing. But it works either way.
January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVickie
@Vickie - Those are great ideas! Thanks!
January 3, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
The Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup sound great. How about combining the two? I will try the tomato today. You can't beat a bowl of soup and cheese sandwich on some great bread.
January 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

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