Tomato soup is a great classic soup and as a classic commercial taught us, it's mmm mmm good - unless it includes unhealthy ingredients you don't want in your diet. If you keep canned or boxed soups in your pantry for meals in a pinch, try this easy, healthy homemade tomato soup recipe. Freeze extra soup and kick the can to the curb. You probably have everything in your pantry.
Healthy Homemade Tomato Soup
This is the best tomato soup recipe and so easy to make with ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Enjoy it pureed smooth or serve it chunky. Why make homemade tomato soup?
Because most canned tomato soup has a not-so-good list of ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup, high levels of sodium, and preservatives you don't want. Some store brands may include wheat flour, which is an issue if you eat gluten-free, grain-free, or paleo.
Pantry Ingredients for Homemade Tomato Soup
You probably have these ingredients in your pantry:
- Canned tomatoes
- Herbs and spices
For tomatoes, I use organic, fire-roasted style for their smoky flavor, but regular diced tomatoes are fine.
Tomato Soup Broth Options
For broth, I use frozen homemade chicken broth. Turkey broth or vegetable broth work just as well. Using vegetable broth makes this soup vegan. Use your favorite low sodium canned or boxed brand if you don't have homemade.
For vegetable broth, only homemade will do, because the canned and boxed brands taste awful. Homemade vegetable broth is easy quick to make. Check out my recipe. With an Instant Pot it takes just minutes. Without an Instant Pot, simmer for about an hour, then strain, cool and freeze.
Tomato Soup with a Twist: Southwestern Style
For a twist on the classic flavor I like to add a little ground cumin and smoked paprika. If you like things spicy, add a pinch or two of ground chipotle pepper, which is dried and smoked jalapeño peppers. These spices give the soup a Southwestern flavor. If regular paprika is all you have, use that.
Safety Tips on Pureeing Hot Soup
Blenders perform best for pureeing soups. As soup is hot, fill the blender container no more than half full. Split the blending into two batches and don't try to puree it all at once. Place a folded kitchen towel over the top of the lid to be safe. Start on a low speed and build up to high. Another option is to serve the soup chunky and skip the puree step.
For Creamy Tomato Soup
For a creamy style tomato soup, add a little canned coconut milk (for dairy-free) or half and half when pureeing. It's fantastic, making it more of a tomato bisque or creamy tomato soup.
I couldn't finish this post without mentioning the classic pairing - tomato soup and grilled cheese. Just as my mom served it. It's so good!
Original post 11/16/2009
Healthy Homemade Tomato Soup
- Blender or stick blender to puree soup
- Medium pot or pan
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil divided use
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 ¼ cups
- 3-4 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 2-3 cups broth of choice chicken, turkey or vegetable
- 2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme or oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin optional
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika optional
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- fresh chopped chives or scallions
- fresh chopped cilantro, parsley or basil
- Dollops of pesto
- In a large pot (4-5 quarts), heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft but not browned, about 4 minutes. Next add the dried herbs and spices and cook stirring 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook another 1 minute.
- Add the broth and tomatoes with their juices. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes to blend the flavors. Let the soup cool briefly and then purée in batches in a blender.
- Rinse the pot and return the soup to the pot to heat if needed. Serve warm, garnished as desired.
Eric Samuel says
Nice soup so yummy
Sally Cameron says
Hi Michael. No one has asked that before so I am not sure. With these new recipe plugins, I don't think so. The only way would be to copy the whole post into an email or word? I'll have to look into this. In the past, I was told by readers they didn't want to print photos because of the ink usage.
Michael Varma says
Sally - I'm going to try this recipe. Is it possible to print out the recipe WITH your picture(s)? I like that I get the recipe on one page, but want the pic too. Thanks.
Terry Brown says
That looks sooo good. I'm going to whip up a batch this weekend. I haven't looked, but have you done anything on gazpacho?
Sally Cameron says
Hi Terry, oh yes! I love gazpacho and have made it forever. Here is the link https://afoodcentriclife.com/gazpacho-tomato-soup/
Anna M says
I love this soup! You can eat it all over the Europe! Yummy! Thank you for the recipe!