This is definitely what I consider to be the most flavorful and silky-smooth Tomato Soup recipe I have ever made. Pair with Grilled Cheese Croutons to make it a knock-out! If you are a soup-loving soul like me, don’t miss my French Onion Soup, Lasagna Soup, Potato Soup, or Cheeseburger Soup.

Bowl of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.

The BEST Tomato Soup

This is how I love to eat Tomato Soup… a full bowl of gorgeous, rich thick homemade soup with some grilled cheese croutons on top.  Making this delicious soup staple is easier than you might think.    You basically throw everything into a pot, mash it up a bit, and then blend it down using a blender or (my preference) and immersion blender.  You can adjust the thickness and texture of the soup by blending more or less of the soup.  I usually take about half of the mixture out.

This is how my kids like it.  With a small side of the soup to dip their grilled cheese sandwich in.  They like medium cheddar cheese… but every now and I then I will get crazy and give them sharp cheddar.

Bowl of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons from Overhead.

The Best Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

Any leftovers I just put right back into the jar I got the tomatoes out of. I just love this soup because I can use all-natural ingredients and the tomatoes from that we canned from our garden.  The kids love it and I feel good feeding it to them!  We typically have over 75 tomato plants each year.  So canning tomatoes is a pretty big event.  We can a heap of stewed tomatoes and the rest we make, for ketchup or spaghetti sauce, and salsa.

Bowl of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.

How to Make Grilled Cheese Croutons

These are SO stinkin’ easy!!! (and make a BIG impact)

I simply prepare grilled cheese sandwiches as I normally would, and then cut up the sandwich into bite-size pieces.

Place those pieces on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper and bake at 350 for about five minutes, or until the pieces are harder and crispier. (You can also skip baking the pieces of you want ooey-gooey bites.)

Comfort food at its finest!

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Bowl of Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons.
5 from 3 votes

The BEST Tomato Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
This is definitely what I consider to be the most flavorful and silky smooth Tomato Soup recipe I have ever made. Pair with Grilled Cheese Croutons to make it a knock-out!


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, about 1 cup – chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, about 2 teaspoons – minced or crushed
  • 2 28 ounce cans of whole tomatoes packed in juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 slices large sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium-high heat until it is shimmering
  • Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and their juice. Using a potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than two inches remain.
  • Stir in brown sugar and bread; bring soup to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the bread is completely saturated and starts to break down about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium.
  • Transfer half of soup to a blender. (Or use your immersion blender and leave everything in the pot.)
  • Add one 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.
  • Return the soup to the pot and add two cups of chicken broth. (or add enough to reach desired consistency)
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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Reader Comments

  1. On the tomato soup what size cans to I use. I love your recipes I would love to make this but I am not sure of the can size thank
    You so much

  2. I love the vegetable idea. My mother kept a freezer container in the freezer and every night, she added her leftovers to the container (broc., green beans, corn, whatever. When it became full, it was time for a big pot of soup. YUM, YUM.

  3. This has such a fabulous tomato flavor and will be my go-to; no more store-bought tomato soup in this house. I also used 2 quarts of home-canned tomatoes and homemade broth – so good! Also, this recipe made at least 6-8 servings for me. When I ran it through a nutrition app, it was less than 200 calories and low cholesterol as well.

  4. This recipe is easy and fast to make. The taste is amazing…so fresh and so much better than canned condensed tomato soup. I added a little fresh cream to make it a cream of tomato soup. I would serve this for lunch and/or a light dinner with a grilled cheese sandwich (of course)!!

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