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Quick and Hearty Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

Try this quick, hearty, easy tomato soup recipe perfect for cozy nights, especially when paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. This homemade tomato soup is made with simple ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. Trust me, it’s delicious!

Tomato soup topped with bread cubes and herbs in a bowl.

Why I Love This Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

On days when we’re working on projects or running errands, I love a quick soup for lunch or dinner. There’s something about soup that feels especially nourishing to my mind and body when it’s been nothing but go-go-go!

This soup is so easy to whip up but packs a surprising amount of complex flavor. Even better, it uses pantry and root cellar staples like canned homemade bone broth so you can make dinner with only an hour’s notice.

Serve it up with some fresh bread and homemade butter or, even better, toasted cheese sandwiches for dipping. This recipe definitely fits within my tips for getting three home-cooked meals on the table every single day.

Tomato soup in a pitcher with a whisk.

What Is Tomato Soup Made Of?

Tomato soup is a classic comfort food that is loved by many. It is a simple yet delicious dish that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. So, what exactly is tomato soup made of? Let’s dive into the ingredients that make this soup so flavorful.

IngredientWhat It Does
Diced TomatoesThe star of the show is diced tomatoes that add a rich and tangy flavor to the soup. You can use canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, depending on your preference and availability. I will say garden-fresh tomatoes take this recipe to the next level.
Onion and GarlicThese aromatic vegetables bring depth and savory notes to the soup. They add a wonderful flavor base that complements the tomatoes perfectly.
Chicken BrothHomemade chicken broth serves as the liquid component of the soup, providing a savory and satisfying base. It adds richness to the overall flavor profile of the soup.
Additional Seasonings To enhance the taste of the tomato soup, you can add additional seasonings like basil or red pepper flakes. These seasonings add a touch of freshness or a hint of spice, depending on your preference.

Now that we’ve explored the key ingredients of tomato soup let’s take a closer look at the possibilities of using different types of tomatoes to create a flavorful and satisfying dish.

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The Magic of San Marzano Tomatoes

San Marzano tomatoes are known for their exceptional flavor and rich tomato taste. They are considered the gold standard for making tomato-based dishes, including tomato soup. These tomatoes are elongated and have a meaty texture, which makes them perfect for adding depth and richness to the soup.

If you want to take your tomato soup to the next level, consider using San Marzano tomatoes in your recipe. Their unique flavor profile will enhance the overall taste of the soup and elevate it to a whole new level of deliciousness.

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Why Do You Put Milk in Tomato Soup?

Adding milk or heavy cream to tomato soup helps create a creamy and smooth texture. It adds richness and balances out the acidity of the tomatoes, resulting in a more balanced and flavorful soup. Not to mention, when you have both a dairy cow and dairy goats, you might be looking for ways to use up excess milk!

When you make tomato soup, the natural acidity of the tomatoes can sometimes be overpowering. By incorporating milk or heavy cream into the recipe, you not only soften the sharpness but also achieve a velvety consistency that enhances the overall taste and mouthfeel of the soup.

Whether you decide to include milk or heavy cream in your tomato soup, it’s important to note that the choice of dairy should align with your dietary preferences and restrictions. There are also non-dairy milk alternatives available, such as almond milk or coconut milk, that can be used as substitutes for a creamy vegan or allergy-friendly tomato soup.

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Can you Substitute Ketchup for Tomato Soup?

In theory, ketchup can be used as a substitute for the tomatoes in tomato soup in a pinch, but it will alter the flavor and texture of the soup. Tomato soup typically has a more concentrated tomato flavor and a smoother consistency compared to ketchup. It’s best to use fresh or canned tomatoes for soup for the most authentic and delicious results.

Homesteading Hack: Store-bought ketchup is filled with sugar and will certainly alter your tomato soup flavor. However, if you have jars of my homemade fermented ketchup, you could use this in a pinch. Again, it’s best to follow the recipe as is, but sometimes we all need to get a little creative at dinner time!

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What Can I Add to Tomato Soup to Make it Taste Better?

To enhance the flavor of tomato soup and take it to the next level, there are a few key ingredients and seasonings that you can incorporate. By adding the right combination of spices and herbs, you can transform a simple bowl of tomato soup into a delightful culinary experience.

Infusing With Fresh Basil Leaves

One of the best ways to elevate the flavor of tomato soup is by infusing it with fresh basil leaves. Basil adds a fragrant and herbaceous quality to the soup, enhancing the overall aroma and taste.

Just a few leaves of fresh basil can make a significant difference in the flavor profile of your soup. Since basil doesn’t grow year-round, we like to freeze-dry our basil for that fresh herb flavor.

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Other Herb and Spice Options

While basil is a classic choice for enhancing tomato soup, you can also experiment with other herbs and spices to add your personal touch. Here are a few options you can consider:

  • Oregano – This versatile herb brings a slightly earthy and robust flavor to tomato soup.
  • Thyme – With its subtle and slightly minty taste, thyme delightfully complements the acidity of tomatoes.
  • Paprika – Adding a touch of smokiness and subtle heat, paprika can add depth and complexity to your tomato soup.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – If you prefer a spicy kick, sprinkling red pepper flakes can add a fiery element to your soup.

Remember, seasoning tomato soup is a matter of personal preference. Taste as you go and adjust accordingly until you achieve the desired flavor profile. With a creative blend of seasonings, your tomato soup will become a flavorful masterpiece that will keep you warm and satisfied.

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Tomato soup cooking in an Instant Pot.

Supplies Needed

To make this easy tomato soup recipe, you will need the following supplies:

  • Instant Pot/Multicooker – A Dutch oven can also be used. Follow steps 1-4 using medium heat on your stovetop. At step 5, bring to a boil, reduce the heat, partially cover with a lid and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and move on to step 7.
  • Immersion Blender – This gives your soup its smooth and velvety texture. A blender can also be used, but use caution to cool the soup before blending. Otherwise, the steam will build up pressure, causing the lid to pop off and the soup to explode all over the place.
Ingredients for tomato soup on a cutting board. Tomatoes, carrots and herbs.

Ingredients Needed

These simple ingredients come together to create a flavorful and comforting tomato soup that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you choose to add cream for a creamy texture or red pepper flakes for a bit of spice, you can customize this soup to suit your taste.

  • Avocado Oil – Coconut oil can also be used.
  • White or Yellow Onions – Chopped small.
  • Garlic – Crushed garlic works best, but you can substitute two tsp. of garlic powder.
  • Carrots – Roughly chop or grate the carrots.
  • Diced Tomatoes – If using store-bought diced or crushed tomatoes, use 2-28 oz. cans in place of the home-canned tomatoes.
  • Chicken Bone Broth – Make this recipe even more affordable by learning how to make chicken bone broth from scratch.
  • Dried Basil – Learn how easy it is to grow basil, and add sprigs of fresh basil as a garnish and added flavor.
  • Heavy Cream – To make this recipe dairy-free, use one can of coconut milk or coconut cream.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Easy Tomato Soup

Follow these simple steps to make easy tomato soup:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to saute and add oil.
  2. Saute onions and garlic until translucent.
  3. Stir in carrots, tomatoes, broth, and basil. 
  4. Season generously with salt and black pepper.
  5. Turn off the saute feature, return the lid to the Instant Pot with the knob turned to seal, and cook on the “Soup” setting for 15 minutes. 
  6. Once the cooking time is complete, quick-release the pressure. Once pressure is fully released, remove the lid.
  7. Carefully transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. If using a blender, return pureed soup to the pot.
  8. With the Instant Pot on “warm,” stir in the heavy cream. 
  9. Serve immediately.

By following the simple steps and adding your own twist with herbs and seasoning, you can create a comforting and delicious tomato soup perfect for any occasion. Whether you enjoy it as a stand-alone on a cozy night or paired with a grilled cheese sandwich, this homemade tomato soup is sure to warm your heart and satisfy your cravings.

Did you make this recipe? If so, please leave a star rating in the recipe card below. Then, snap a photo and tag us on social media @homesteadingfamily to show us your easy tomato soup!

Tomato soup topped with bread cubes and herbs in a bowl.

FAQ

What is Tomato Soup made of?

Tomato soup is typically made with diced tomatoes, onion, garlic, chicken broth, and sometimes additional seasonings like basil or red pepper flakes. It can be made using canned diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes, depending on your preference.

Why do you put Milk in Tomato Soup?

Adding milk or heavy cream to tomato soup helps create a creamy and smooth texture. It adds richness and balances out the acidity of the tomatoes, resulting in a more balanced and flavorful soup.

Can you Substitute Ketchup for Tomato Soup?

While ketchup can be used as a substitute for the tomatoes in a pinch, it may alter the flavor and texture of the soup. Tomato soup typically has a more concentrated tomato flavor and a smoother consistency compared to ketchup. It’s best to use fresh or canned tomatoes for the most authentic and delicious results.

What can I add to Tomato Soup to make it Taste Better?

To enhance the flavor of tomato soup, you can season it with salt, pepper, and additional herbs and spices. Fresh basil leaves add a touch of freshness and elevate the taste of the soup. Adjust the seasoning according to your preference and taste.

How can I make Tomato Basil Soup?

If you prefer a tomato basil soup, you can add more fresh basil leaves to the recipe for an extra burst of flavor. Simply chop the basil leaves and add them to the soup during the cooking process.

What goes well with Tomato Soup?

Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are a classic combination. To complete your meal, make a delicious grilled cheese sandwich to serve alongside the tomato soup. The creamy and cheesy sandwich pairs perfectly with the warmth and tanginess of the soup.

How do I season Tomato Soup to taste?

As with any recipe, it’s important to season the tomato soup to taste. Adjust the amount of salt, pepper, and other seasoning according to your personal preference. Trust your taste buds and make it perfect for you.

Freeze dried tomatoes in a glass jar with fresh diced tomatoes on a cutting board.
Tomato soup topped with bread cubes and herbs in a bowl.

Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

Try this quick, hearty, easy tomato soup recipe perfect for cozy nights, especially when paired with a grilled cheese sandwich. This homemade tomato soup is made with simple ingredients and can be whipped up in no time. Trust me, it’s delicious!
4.75 from 4 votes
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 327kcal
Author: Carolyn Thomas

Equipment

  • Instant Pot or multicooker
  • Immersion Blender or blender

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 4 medium onions white or yellow, chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 carrots chopped or grated
  • 2 quarts crushed tomatoes or 2-28 oz cans
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 Tablespoons dried basil
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream or milk, dairy-free milk or coconut cream
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to saute and add oil.
  • Saute onions and garlic until translucent.
  • Stir in carrots, tomatoes, broth, and basil.
  • Season generously with salt and black pepper.
  • Turn off the saute feature, return the lid to the Instant Pot with the knob turned to seal, and cook on the "Soup" setting for 15 minutes.
  • Once the cooking time is complete, quick-release the pressure. Once pressure is fully released, remove the lid.
  • Carefully transfer the soup to a blender or use an immersion blender to blend the soup until smooth. If using a blender, return pureed soup to the pot.
  • With the Instant Pot on “warm,” stir in the heavy cream. 
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Nutrition facts are calculated based on the recipe as written and do not include salt or pepper. 
  • See ingredient notes in the post above for substitutions.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1003mg | Potassium: 997mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 6276IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 179mg | Iron: 5mg
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