Tomato Soup

filed under: Food + Drink on January 4, 2010


Tomato Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

The thing I loved about this recipe is that it is designed to use canned tomatoes, which I just happen to have a TON of.

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato soup
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion about 1 cup – chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic about 2 teaspoons – minced or crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of whole tomatoes packed in juice 28 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 3 slices of large sandwich bread crusts removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it is shimmering
  2. Add the onion, garlic, and bay leaf.
  3. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice. Using potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than 2 inches remain.

  5. Stir in sugar and bread; bring soup to boil.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bread is completely saturated and starts to break down, about 5 minutes.

  7. Remove and discard bay leaf.
  8. Transfer half of soup to blender.
  9. Add 1 tablespoon oil and process until soup is smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to large bowl and repeat with remaining soup and oil.

  10. Rinse out the pot you cooked the soup in and return the soup to the pot.

  11. Stir in up to 2 cups of chicken (or vegetable) broth until soup reaches desired thickness.

  12. Return soup to boil and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  13. Optional garnishes include chopped parsley, fresh chopped basil or croutons.

really, really dislike tomato soup and have never even tried it because the smell makes me cringe and I think the concept of it is just gross.

Really. It’s not normal!  To basically be sucking down squished tomatoes??  What if people ate beans or peas or cabbage like that?

Uh, never mind that last thought.

I wanted to make the kids grilled cheese for lunch, but also thought I could make it extra special if I made them some tomato soup.  I don’t need to pass on my phobias to them right?  And isn’t that what normal, non-phobia driven people eat with grilled cheese on a cold winters day?

So I did a google search and tried to find an easy recipe.


The thing I loved about this recipe is that it is designed to use canned tomatoes, which I just happen to have a TON of.


She gives great instructions on her link, so be sure to click there is you want a more in-depth tutorial


I added about a tablespoon of heavy cream to thicken it up.  I wanted the kids to be able to dip their grilled cheese, and that heavy cream was a wonderful addition.

I thought this soup was FANTASTIC.

I don’t even like tomato soup.  Well.  I can not even say that anymore.  I LOVE tomato soup!  This tasted like velvety savory goodness and I can’t believe I have spent so many years without it!




This recipe is easy, quick, and SO, so yummy.  I would highly recommend trying it.

After all, it did cure me of my phobia. 🙂

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  • Liz says:

    Looks yummy! I don’t like regular tomato soup either. My mom has a recipe similar to this one. I will have to compare.

  • Renee says:

    It looks yummy! I’ve never made homemade Tomato soup before…we just do the canned kind…but you HAVE to make the canned kind with milk, not water, thats gross. My kids all LOVE tomato soup. Sometime I’ll try this recipe.

  • Jessica says:

    Your photography is phenomenal!! I don’t like tomato soup that much either, but looking at your photos makes me want!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is says:

    Your photography is phenomenal!! I don’t like tomato soup that much either, but looking at your photos makes me want!

  • Melissa T. says:

    Looks awesome because,”Baby, it’s cold outside!”

  • jenney says:

    I also cannot stand tomato soup. I just makes me…ugh. Maybe I’ll try this sometime instead!

  • Ruth says:

    Really? You got past it just by making it? I don’t think I’d succeed. I don’t like tomato soup, but what I really don’t like is ketchup! Bleh! Having a very large bottle fall off the top shelf of the refridgerator and get allllll over me did not cure me of disliking it anymore either. But maybe if I made it myself…. Nah, probably not!

  • Bethany says:

    I love homeade tomato soup, but I just haven’t found “the” recipe. I’m so gonna try this one!

  • Londa says:

    Great minds must think alike! I just googled tomatoe soup last night and had found the same recipe to make! …only I’ve always loved tomatoe soup! My mom hated tomatoes but didn’t want her kids to, so she’d fix it with grilled cheese sandwiches! Perfect for these blustery cold days!

  • Londa says:

    Wow–I have no idea why I added that e in tomato…frozen brain?

  • janis says:

    Looks great but like a lot of work!!!! I like mine out of the can – or the hand held ones that you nuke are good too! 🙂 lol
    Will have to remember that when I garden next summer and have a lot of extra tomatoes! 🙂

  • Kate says:

    I love how you photograph your food!

  • mrs. buckster says:

    ok, i thought that i was the only person on the planet that didn’t like tomato soup! and all this time i wasn’t alone…
    well, i think i’ll have to give this a try. if i can get rid of one phobia, then there’s only 6,784 left to go. thanks for sharing! oh and, as always, great photos.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    I like anything tomato. That sounds and looks so good. YUm Thanks for passing on the recipe. I just bought a can of campbells today.

  • He & Me + 3 says:

    I like anything tomato. That sounds and looks so good. YUm Thanks for passing on the recipe. I just bought a can of campbells today.

  • Katie says:

    mmmm looks yummy! Ok this may be a dumb question, but what is a dutch oven?

  • Amanda Jo says:

    I’m back from vacation and can’t wait to catch up on you and your family. We’re not having grilled cheese and tomato soup for supper but I am SO going to add it to my menu plan for this week! 🙂
    You are such a gifted writer, not to mention a gifted photographer!
    Happy New Year, friend!

  • Sarah says:

    That’s really interesting. I LOVE tomatoes but my kids hate them. What’s with that? I’ll try this and see if it cures their tomato aversion! And your photos are as always, superb!x

  • Cop Mama says:

    Wow, I can’t stand tomato soup either, but those pics may just change my mind! Thanks for the link.

  • Nicole says:

    My daugher and I LOVE tomato soup! I have been wanting to make my own for such a long time, but haven’t taken the time to do so yet. You are always a trusted source of recipes for me – thank you so much for sharing this one!

  • Mandi says:

    I have never ever MADE tomato soup before, but I LOVE it with grilled cheese and this looks absolutely AMAZING!!!

  • gianna says:

    is the next step campbells? he he he! just kidding!
    and i understand your envious feelings. if you want to, you can come over any time to use it. (i know! it kind of defeats the purpose to go to someone ELSE’S house to use a laptop, but know i mean the offer with all my heart!)

  • Rachel says:

    This cracked me up because I totally eat beans, peas AND cabbage smashed up. I whirled some cabbage in the food processor tonight. =) I’m so glad you liked the soup, it’s one of my FAVORITE things to eat and I’d be bummed without it in my life.

  • startcooking says:

    Thanks for giving my tomato soup recipe your seal of approval! Truth be told, I’m not a tomato soup lover either. Then I started testing recipes and discovered that homemade tomato soup to totally delicious and completely different form the stuff in the can.
    BTW I have made 60 videos and 250 photo-tutorials on learning how to cook just the basics. All of my recipes and tips are for beginner cooks to learn from and enjoy!
    Kathy Maister
    Creator and Host of

  • bp says:

    I don’t think I’ever ever eaten tomato soup!! I always see it in pictures in magazines with grilled cheese and wonder if I would like to eat it!

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