Semi-Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

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Treat your family to the ultimate comfort food with this cream of tomato soup recipe. Discover the perfect blend of tomatoes, hearty broth, and cream for a bowl of pure homemade goodness.

bowl of cream of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich

I really thought I had published every homemade soup recipe I had ever made…but I was wrong! When I was going through my recipe box, looking for something else, I came across two recipes for tomato soup. One was typed on a piece of paper, the other was in my handwriting on a recipe card. I vaguely remember making tomato soup many years ago, but I had no idea which recipe I used. The recipe on the card had cream cheese and fire roasted tomatoes as ingredients, which didn’t interest me at all. So I left those ingredients out, combined the two recipes, and came up with the cream of tomato soup recipe I’m sharing today.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This soup is so easy, uses basic pantry staples, and is super quick to put together…and it tastes amazing. By using crushed tomatoes, there is no need to blend the soup with an immersion blender, which is one step saved. It’s made all in one pot, and the only thing you have to chop is the onion.

cream of tomato soup ingredients

Ingredient Notes + Variations

  • I used a can of basic, plain crushed tomatoes. Feel free to use any kind of crushed tomatoes you like best. There are many different varieties available.
  • Fresh finely chopped garlic can be used in place of the jarred minced garlic.
  • Any herbs and spices can be used. Fresh chopped basil can be substituted for the dried basil.
  • For a thicker soup: replace the half and half with heavy whipping cream, and reduce the amount of chicken broth to 2 cups. If it’s too thick, adjust by adding small amounts of chicken broth until you reach your desired consistency.
  • For a lower calorie soup: simply eliminate the half and half, or substitute the same amount of low fat milk. The soup will still be wonderful, and full of taste.
  • This soup has a very mild texture. The onions and tomatoes are very small, but they can be tasted ever so slightly.
cream of tomato soup recipe in caraway dutch oven

How To Make

  • In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato soup, and chicken stock.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
  • When soup comes to a gentle boil, add the dried basil, celery salt, and half and half.
  • Bring to a boil again, and then lower heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste, and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.
cream of tomato soup in blue transferware bowl

Tips for Storing + Freezing

This tomato soup can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Just reheat in the microwave. It also freezes beautifully. Again, use an airtight container. Defrost in the refrigerator, and reheat in the microwave.

bowl of cream of tomato soup with grilled cheese

What To Serve With Cream of Tomato Soup

The quintessential side dish to a bowl of tomato soup is a grilled cheese sandwich. Use your favorite bread, your favorite cheeses, and use real butter to get the best crispy and toasty texture. Here are some other good ideas:

This recipe makes a nice amount, but if you are cooking for two, you will have to either freeze a portion, or share it. I’ve made this soup a few times recently getting it ready to publish on the blog, so I was sharing it all around. I shared it with my dad, a girlfriend, and a single friend of my husbands, and they all gave this cream of tomato soup a gigantic thumbs up!

cream of tomato soup in liberty blue bowls

There is something about a bowl of tomato soup, and the magic of a simmering pot, that takes us back to simpler times. The warmth and togetherness that we experienced when our families sat down to a meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese cannot be replaced. It’s a meal that is comforting, nourishing, and so easy. Tomato soup is a timeless, adaptable dish that is perfect for any season.

blue soup pot graphic

A Note About Soup Making

There’s nothing I like better than making a pot of soup, but soup making is not an exact science. I have made countless pots of soup, and no two have turned out the same. The measurements in all of my soup recipes are guidelines, and can easily be adjusted according to your family’s tastes.

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bowl of cream of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwich

Semi-Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

Treat your family to the ultimate comfort food with this cream of tomato soup recipe. Discover the perfect blend of tomatoes, hearty broth, and cream for a bowl of pure homemade goodness.
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Servings: 10 servings
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Simmer Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 large sweet onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (23 oz.) condensed tomato soup
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 cups half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, and cook for 1 minute more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato soup, and chicken stock.
  • Bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
  • When soup comes to a gentle boil, add the dried basil, celery salt, and half and half.
  • Bring to a boil again, and then lower heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Taste, and add salt and pepper if desired.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 423mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 450IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg
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4 Comments

  1. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Ann, we love tomato soup and your recipe looks so yummy — as do all the extras to serve with it! Thanks, Ann! I will be making this soup tomorrow!

  2. 5 stars
    I love your soup recipes! Also love the ham and Swiss sliders and plan to make both! Regarding freezing I bought some Souper cubes which allow you to freeze in portions. They are great!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Thanks for the tip…I will check it out!

  3. Linda Johnston says:

    I love tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches. This one sounds so good. Thanks for sharing Ann.