Simple Tomato Soup

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on


First of all, I’m so sorry for the downtime on my site yesterday.  It’s funny, I’m coming up on one year blogging and I still consider myself such a newbie.  I had no idea what to do and the site was down for half the day 🙁  Oh well, live blog and learn, right?

Moving on!  I’m all about the simple recipes lately.  Only three extremely short weeks before I’m considered full term(although I’m that person that counts on having to wait at least the full month and a half until I’m actually due, if not longer) and I thought I would be in the kitchen a lot more.  I thought I’d be cooking up a storm and posting every day, but no.  I’d much rather have a nap, although with two little kids running around it’s more like thinking about laying on the couch than anything remotely close to napping.  So yes, simple recipes.


For a while there, I saw tomato soup on a bunch of different blogs and I couldn’t wait to make it, but I put it off.  I’m telling you now.  Do not put it off.  Put down the can of tomato soup and just get some canned tomatoes, I promise you’ll be much happier.  And much fuller since you wont feel bad about eating a whole recipe, or maybe just half, of this.  And then you wont be dehydrated either because honestly, the sodium in any canned soup is crazy!

So this can go two different ways.  You can use oil and leave out the milk for a totally delicious vegan version, which is how we prefer it or you can add a splash of milk(or cream!) to your bowl and stir it in for a creamy tomato soup that’s 1000x better than anything you had as a kid.  Either way I’m guaranteeing it’s awesome, not to mention pretty fast to make.  And did I mention simple?

And one last note, if you wanted to make a large quantity of this and freeze it(without dairy products of course) it tastes just as delicious thawed and it’s a great way to have a quick meal on hand.


Simple Tomato Soup
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2 tbsp butter or oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 32 oz can of tomatoes pureed, diced or whole
  • 1 C chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tsp honey or other sweetener
  • Whole milk or cream to serve if desired about 2-4 tbsp per serving depending on how you like it
  1. In a small to medium sized pot, melt the butter(or just heat the oil) over medium heat. If you have no way to blend your soup once cooked, finely chop your onion and very finely mince your garlic, otherwise, just slice it to saute it quickly.
  2. Add the onion to the pot, stir well and saute for 5-6 minutes before adding the garlic. Again, stir well and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, baking soda, parsley, bay leaf and salt and pepper. Bring up to a boil, then turn down to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes or so over medium low heat. The baking soda will foam up, just make sure your pot as a couple inches of extra room until it calms down. The baking soda will help neutralize the acids from the canned tomatoes and you wont taste it at all.
  4. Remove the bay leaf from the soup and puree. I use my immersion blender, but you can also transfer the soup to a blender to blend it until smooth, or if you chopped your onions and garlic finely enough and used tomato puree you can omit this step for a soup that isn't as smooth. Once blended, stir in the honey or other sweetener you have on hand and fresh basil and check for seasonings, adding salt as needed. Serve while hot with a splash of milk or cream if desired.

Pictures updated June 14 2015.  Here’s one of the old pictures!


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1 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 24, 2012 at

Ever since making my own tomato soup about a month ago, I haven’t bought a canned version since (sorry Amy’s!). It’s so easy and it really is delicious, isn’t it? I like the touch of honey you have in yours, might have to steal that idea next time 🙂
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2 Julie @ happygoodtime February 24, 2012 at

Homemade tomato soup just can’t be beat! It’s so incredibly easy to make, and your version looks delicious.

Lucky you, being visited by a benevolent appliance fairy! Any grand plans on what you shall be purchasing?


3 Heather February 24, 2012 at

This post just came at the perfect time; I just cam back from food shopping and bought a large can of canned tomatoes with the very intent of making tomato soup and grilled “cheese” this week!

The Fairy Hobmother? What in the world is that 🙂
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4 Walter February 24, 2012 at

A great soup. I love simple soups, no too many ingredients, but full of flavor. I never understand why people would buy canned soups in the first place, home made is so much nicer
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5 Nami | Just One Cookbook February 24, 2012 at

Hi Heidi! This is such a beautiful and delicious soup! I’d love to give it a try. My kids especially love tomatoes and they will love it for sure.

Congrats on Fairy Hobmother!
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6 Nora @ natural noshing February 25, 2012 at

I bet you are an awesome mom!!!! I can just tell 🙂 I’m
Impressed how many posts you get out with two kids while pregnant, Very impressive!
I really must try this soup, I’ve been scared of canned tomato soup for ages but I love tomatoes so I need to whip this one up! Love the simplicity, exactly what I need right now! 🙂
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7 vianney February 25, 2012 at

simple meals are the way to go for expecting mommies, this looks amazing..
try to rest …
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8 Rawkinmom February 25, 2012 at

I make my own tomato soup too!!! I use nutritional yeast in mine for a cheezy taste!! MMMMM…with homemade corn chips!! Yours looks amazing too!!!
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9 Jane February 26, 2012 at

That sucks that your site was down! I love tomato soup, and really should make it more often! It looks so good!
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10 Katie@Cozydelicious February 26, 2012 at

That baking soda trick is so interesting! I have never tried that, although I love making tomato soup. And this soup looks delish! Yum!
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11 chinmayie @ love food eat February 27, 2012 at

I love homemade soups. I made some roasted fresh tomato soup last time and swore that that’s my favorite tomato soup 🙂
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12 kitchenriffs February 27, 2012 at

I actually like that iconic Warhol brand of tomato soup, but it’s because it’s a blast from the past – I grew up with it etc etc etc. Homemade is so much better, and that’s what I eat when I’m being grown up (rare, I admit). Your version looks wonderful – thanks for this.
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13 Marsha @ The Harried Cook February 28, 2012 at

I ADORE homemade tomato soup! I don’t think it is as good in any restaurant… thank you for sharing your recipe! 🙂 Your pictures are gorgeous!
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14 Biana | Meal Planning Tips February 28, 2012 at

This soup sounds delicious and so easy to make! Love the picture of the soup with basil leaves – looks delicious!
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15 Carmen @ Life Blessons February 29, 2012 at

Oh, how fun! I am sure you can put that gift card to good use. And if the Fairy Hobmother needs somewhere else to sprinkle her fairy dust, I would not be opposed! 😉 There’s nothing like a little bit of retail therapy to make winter zip by faster! Thanks for sharing the opportunity!
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16 Sonia The Healthy Foodie February 29, 2012 at

Only 3 weeks??!?!? For real??!?! I seems like it was only yesterday that you made the big announcement. Wow, how time flies. You must be getting extremely anxious. Oh, this brings back memories… You better shower us with pictures of that little one!

As for your soup, it’s simply gorgeous. Can you believe that I’ve never made tomato soup before in my life? I really have to remedy that. This soup is soooo getting made, and soon! Think I can leave the honey out without changing the outcome too much? Maybe if I added a little bit of unsweetened applesauce instead? 😉 Alright, alright, I’m outta here! 😉

Oh, hey, awesome pics, by the way! Definitely pinning to my recipe inspiration board!
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17 Carissa March 1, 2012 at

We’ve been eating a tomato soup that has very similar ingredients. I like to add some nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor…like adding the grilled cheese right into the soup!
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18 Sonia The Healthy Foodie March 1, 2012 at

Wow, I am loving this idea, Carissa. I wouldn’t have thought of it.

I bet nutritional yeast in pasta with tomato sauce must be absolutely brilliant too! Wonder if I could get my son to give that a try. 😉 He adds cheese to his pasta ALL the time. Drives me insane. He uses up all my cheese, and when I go to use some, which I seldom do, there’s no more!

Mind you, if he liked the nutritional yeast alternative, then I might run into the same problem… except the yeast, I do use a little more often! So I wouldn’t be too happy about being all out when I need to use it.

Now I definitely want to try that tomato soup with nutritional yeast in it. And sooner than later. 🙂


19 Melynda L Smith September 13, 2012 at

I have stage 4 breast cancer and the lycopine on tomatoes is excellent to fight off those cancer cells and i crave tomato soup with a couple croutons on top…looked in the cabinet tonight…
No tomato soup….but diced tomatoes and tomato sauce….so…..gonna be cooking this recipe in just a bit!!!


20 Melissa October 24, 2012 at

I had found a recipe for “french onion soup grilled cheese sandwiches” and had to find a basic soup to go along with it. On a whim I googled “how to make make tomato soup with canned tomatoes” and your recipe showed up. This is really very good. I am 47 yrs old and had no idea how to make tomato soup other than opening a can and heating it up. I have to say, it was really quite easy for the tremendous flavor. This is no ordinary tomato soup and I will always choose to make this over the store bought from this day on. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it has made quite the impression on my husband and I.


21 Ferial Hassan November 6, 2012 at

Great recipe for tomato soup!! Beats eating it from a can.


22 Allison A December 3, 2012 at

I just made this soup and it really was wonderful. I followed the recipe as much as I could but some items I did not have. I used a only a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and used half of an onion. Also, I didn’t have any fresh basil so I used dried. I pureed in my blender and added reduced fat milk at the end (as well as the honey mentioned in the recipe). I will definitely be making this soup again and again!


23 Melody Rehor March 8, 2013 at

This is the first time I’ve made tomato soup from scratch and though I don’t particularly care for canned tomato soup as either it is too sweet or tinny tasting I LOVED this soup!!! Hubby who enjoy the heck out of Campbell’s has just told me that his is now our go to recipe for tomato soup and I don’t have to buy him any more Campbell’s. So a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! This was just perfect and I have shared!!!!
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24 Heidi @ Food Doodles March 12, 2013 at

I’m so glad you enjoyed it! This is our go-to recipe now too, we love it! Thanks so much for sharing Melody!


25 mrs jones March 13, 2013 at

I used a canned, diced, fire roasted tomato and added a bit of pesto……DELISH!!
Congrats of baby #3!!


26 Carolyn April 6, 2013 at

I just made this today for me and my son. We loved it. I tweaked it a little because I added chopped carrots and celery (to up the veggie content). Thanks for such a delicious recipe!


27 Ashley April 23, 2013 at

Made this tonight! Oh my gosh it was SO good!! Thanks!


28 Megan October 11, 2013 at

Yum-people keep asking me, since I am vegan, if I have ever made tomato soup – well now I have a simple and yummy looking recipe to go off of! Thanks.
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29 Sarah Rooney November 6, 2013 at

I know this is an old post but I found it today when in search of some good homemade tomato soup. I never made it myself before. This was the best recipe. I used a quart of crushed tomatoes that I canned from my garden. I also grew the basil and parsley. It was perfect with some grilled cheese. Thanks for posting this recipe!


30 Kacie February 19, 2014 at

Wow! I searched all over the internet looking for a good tomato soup. I hadn’t ever made one before, but this was simple, easy, and SO DELICIOUS. I cooked my onion in bacon fat which gave it a nice flavor. I also crumbled some bacon to go on top. Delicious.
A good dairy free option is almond milk; it’s thick enough to keep the soup from being too watery and gives it a nice color.
Thanks for the recipe!


31 Jenny February 25, 2014 at

I have made this soup numerous times. So easy to make and absolutely delicious. It’s quickly become my go to soup and one of my faves.


32 Susie Jacobs February 26, 2014 at

I’m wondering what it would taste like without the baking soda. Baking soda depletes the vitamin c. Maybe sub sugar?


33 Angela July 9, 2014 at

After many attempts with different recipes, this is the keeper! So easy and perfect!
I use a leek instead of an onion when I have one and so good!
You nailed it!


34 Sherry Maxwell September 3, 2014 at

I’ve made tomatoe soup but i have made it too sweet. How can I fix this? Thanks.


35 Diana September 8, 2014 at

Hi! This is the first time I have ever seen your blog! I was looking for a decent recipe for easy homemade tomato soup. SO, my 15 yr old Autistic child just made this. Not only was it’s absolutely delicious! He is so excited as he did it himself and he loves it. Thank you for this awesome recipe!!!


36 bmaggot July 23, 2015 at

Thanks. Awesome soup.


37 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 29, 2015 at



38 Lisa Karnish January 25, 2016 at

I have been looking for a good home made tomato soup recipe that was quick and used canned tomatoes. This is fantastic! Even my husband liked it! You can tweet it to be more sweet or creamy or thick or thin! Good with grilled cheese sandwich for meatless dinner! Thanks!


39 Heidi @ Food Doodles January 25, 2016 at

I’m so glad you love it as much as we do Lisa! And thanks for stopping in to leave a comment 🙂


40 Jill Vanderberg October 14, 2016 at

I spent an hour trying to find a SIMPLE recipe for tomato soup using canned tomatoes. Way too complicated (time consuming), too many steps, too many ingredients, and other unnecessaries. Then I came to your easy recipe and it is exactly what I was looking for. You are a mother, not a snooty professional chef who thinks if a recipe doesn’t have 20+ ingredients it’s not worthy to write down. Thank you for your recipe that is perfectly good enough for my ignorant self. I will look at more of your recipes!


41 Stephanie March 30, 2017 at

I know this is an old post and you might not see it, but I want to thank you for this easy to make and delicious recipe. We really enjoyed it and it didn’t take a lot of energy or dishes to make on a “do you mind if I just make grilled cheese” kind of night. The only changes I made were to throw the bay leaf in while I was sweating the aromatics, and add a pinch of miso paste to bump up the umami a bit. I swirled a bit of last year’s basil that we froze in olive oil over the top when I served it. Lovely!


42 Will December 13, 2017 at

Hey Heidi – I make a lot of homemade tomato soup – my kids won’t touch the canned stuff. But, initially they complained about the chunkiness of the soup. So, I started using a food mill to process it after it cooked. Using the finest setting, the soup has the same smooth velvety texture as the canned varieties. (I prefer the chunkier style myself!) Love the addition of the honey. The baking soda is a new one to me and I’m going to give that a try!


43 Heidi @ Food Doodles December 14, 2017 at

Hey Will, thanks for the comment. A food mill is a great idea. My kids would probably prefer that super smooth texture too. I think I’ll have to dust off my food mill and give it a try 🙂


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