The Best Tomato Soup

filed under: Food + Drink on January 21, 2011

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.

The BEST Tomato Soup Recipe ever. It does not disappoint!

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.

Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese

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.


The Best Tomato Soup Recipe!

Cheese in Tomato Soup

So let’s talk about the cheese in tomato soup.  Mild and Sharp are my go-to cheese choices but I also like muenster cheese.  Sometimes I will add a bit of Gruyere cheese. Ok, that was one time.  When we got it for a gift.  That stuff is like $20 a pound!

I posted this recipe on my blog once before,  but have since simplified it because I thrive on simplicity.

This tomato soup recipe is especially delicious when the temperature reaches a balmy high of 2 degrees.  (with the *feels like* temp. around -15 degrees).  That happens to us regularly here in Minnesota.  There is literally an entire month where all I crave is soup.

Homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese


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.


Leftover Tomato Soup


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

Comfort food at its finest!

5 from 1 vote
The BEST Tomato Soup Recipe ever. It does not disappoint!
The BEST Tomato Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

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!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato, tomato soup
Servings: 4
Calories: 497 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, about 1 cup - chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, about 2 teaspoons - minced or crushed
  • 2 cans of whole tomatoes packed in juice, I used two quart jars of whole canned tomatoes from our garden
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 slices large sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large pot over medium-high heat until it is shimmering
  2. Add the chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is translucent, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and their juice. Using a potato masher, mash until no pieces bigger than two inches remain.
  4. 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.
  5. Transfer half of soup to a blender. (Or use your immersion blender and leave everything in the pot.)

  6. 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.
  7. Return the soup to the pot and add two cups of chicken broth. (or add enough to reach desired consistency)
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Video

Looking for other soup recipes?

Be sure to try my roasted broccoli cheese soup, French Onion Soup, and my Cheeseburger Soup!  Don’t forget to check out my recipe for homemade garlic croutons as well.  Some others I like are Corn Soup and Zucchini Corn Chowder!

The BEST Grilled Cheese Croutons!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  • susan says:

    tomato soup is on my meal plan list for this week. i am going to try yours! looks yummy!

  • Kristen says:

    I have never loved tomato soup, but yours is tempting me! May have to try it again.

  • Amy K says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m definitely going to try it.
    This family loves tomato soup & grilled cheese. And, we can relate to those lovely high temps of 2 degrees/lows -20 here as well.

  • Shaina says:

    Love homemade tomato soup, and yours looks just divine.

  • Jess says:

    We always have grilled cheese and tomato soup in our house! So delicious!
    Jess : )

  • foodies at home says:

    YES! My favorite way to eat tomato soup! Perfect comfort food!

  • Judith Norman says:

    Would love to learn more about your gardening and canning experiences. Soup looks delish.

  • Semalee says:

    I found your blog through the idea room and I LOVE it! I am now a new follower. I do have to say those rainbow pancakes are to DIE for- and I know all the colors are probably terrible for you, but endulging in some fun every once in a while is A-OK in my book 😉 I’m going to make this for Valentine’s Day, I think. 🙂
    Oh- and the candyland cake- SO cute! I did a rainbow cake for my daughter’s first birthday (Yo Gabba Gabba) and it was SO STINKIN CUTE! I just never thought of doing pancakes!!! Thanks for the idea 🙂
    Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

  • [email protected] Paper Peppermints says:

    This sounds delicious. I can’t wait to try it. Your photos are beautiful too.
    Loved reading through your blog today (followed you here from Oh Amanda). I subscribed. 🙂 Look forward to reading more!

  • Mmmmm. This does sound great.
    But I don’t HAVE a tomato masher.
    OR a blender.
    I have a can opener, though. So for the time being I think we’ll be eating ‘store brand’ tomato soup.
    Do you still love me?

  • Michelle says:

    That looks so delicious. that’s it, I’m inviting myself over for lunch!

  • marla {family fresh cooking} says:

    Amanda, love this soup! Could have used it on ski days. Dipping grilled cheese in it sounds like a dream. So does the brandy 😉

  • Min says:

    This looks wonderful! I cant wait to try it. I found you through The Idea Room.

  • ElizaBeth says:

    😀 I was think of you and your tomato soup when we were eating some the other day, before I’d even read this.

  • Joy says:

    I made this yesterday it is O-SO-GOOD!!!!! and now I have this huge container of soup in my fridge that I’m sure will be gone by the weekend, especially since I have some wheat penne pasta in the house! =o) Thanks again, as always!

  • Joy says:

    I had to share the blogs featuring your soup recipe =o) Here’s the first:
    and here’s the sandwich I paired with it:
    thanks again! =o)

  • anjelina says:

    Tomato Soup looking good and mouth watering.

  • Fran says:

    What size are the cans of tomatoes?

  • marla says:

    Love this recipe. Linking back to this in my next post 🙂 Want some now!

  • Tami says:

    I make this all the time ever since I wanted tomato soup and did not have the can stuff in the refrigerator. Except I add milk instead if broth to make cream of tomato and just add some boullion. I also use an immersion blender. A must for this. Less clean up

    • Amanda says:

      That is a great tip Tami… I wish I had one! Because I agree, all the transferring to the blender and back is a messy process! 🙂

  • Harith says:

    Good day dear,

    could you please send me a vedio with all details about this meal? the tomato soup is the love of my life…

  • Diane says:

    Is it an issue to omit the bread for people with gluten allergies?

    • Amanda says:

      If you could find a gluten free bread to use that would work!

  • Don't Pass on Dessert!