UPDATED!! You can find my Best Tomato Soup HERE.


Tomato Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
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.


  • 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


  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until it is shimmering
  • Add the onion, garlic, and bay leaf.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and their juice. Using potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than 2 inches remain.
  • Stir in sugar and bread; bring soup to boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the bread is completely saturated and starts to break down, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove and discard bay leaf.
  • Transfer half of soup to blender.
  • 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.
  • Rinse out the pot you cooked the soup in and return the soup to the pot.
  • Stir in up to 2 cups of chicken (or vegetable) broth until soup reaches desired thickness.
  • Return soup to boil and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Optional garnishes include chopped parsley, fresh chopped basil or croutons.

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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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Reader Comments

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

  2. 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!)

  3. 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.

  4. 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 startcooking.com

  5. 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!

  6. Tomato soup and grilled cheese is only my favorite comfort meal (especially when the grilled cheese involves mozzarella and dill). Glad you conquered your phobia!

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