The Best Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe 

homemade tomato soup

homemade tomato soup

Updated on 4/22/2024
Ami DawsonBy Ami Dawson
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I've never had a better tomato soup! There have been three times that I have made this recipe! Flavorful and full-bodied without the use of cream! Thank you so much for posting this! I appreciate it!
Even though it is soup season, I would be okay with eating soup for 12 out of 12 months of the year if that was the only option I was given. I could live off this homemade tomato soup all year long if I let it.

This recipe is based on the cream of tomato soup recipe included in Saveur's New Classics cookbook (affiliate link), and yes, I have essentially read this book from beginning to end. Reading a cookbook like this cover to cover and cooking it cover to protect the best thing that ever happened to me.

Homemade Tomato Soup: Why You'll Love It

Homemade Tomato Soup: Why You'll Love It

Homemade Tomato Soup: Why You'll Love It

 

Can I blow your mind for a moment? The base of this homemade tomato soup is bacon. B-a-c-o-n. There's something about tomato soup and bacon that works. Those are just a few of the delicious ways in which Saveur inspires us.

Is bacon necessary to make this dish? That's right! I'm just kidding; if you'd like to skip it, you can do so. It adds a subtle smokiness and richness to tomato soup that you didn't even realize you were missing. This dish has that secret little depth that will have you asking yourself, "why is this so good?! "In between dunks of cheesy bread into the cheese sauce, repeat this repeatedly.

It is also hard to beat the velvety texture when blending the ingredients and drizzling some cream over the top. And the best part about it is that it is so easy to put together, which is always a win in my book, no matter what! I love simplicity, yay! It's a yay for deep, deep deliciousness.

The Ingredients You'll Need

The Ingredients You'll Need

The Ingredients You'll Need

We're Also Working On The Following:

  • Here are some fresh vegetables and aromatics you can enjoy, such as carrots, onions, and garlic.
  • There are a lot of yummy herbs, such as thyme and bay leaves, that you can use it.
  • A delicious can of (HAND-CRUSHED) San Marzano tomatoes provides an abundance of tomato goodness.
  • The cream. Of course.
    Oh my gosh, the smells that will be released in the coming days. As much as I enjoy having a simple homemade tomato soup simmering in my kitchen, there is nothing more comforting than enjoying the simmer-smells of this simple soup in the middle of the day.

Let's Make Something Delicious Together

Let's Make Something Delicious Together

Let's Make Something Delicious Together

 

As a first step in making this soup, you will want to crisp bacon in a large pot or Dutch oven.

Toss your cut-up veggies into the pan once things are looking crispy. It is a good idea to stir everything to make sure it is all coated in the bacon grease.

If you put a bit of tomato paste and a bit of flour in the pan, you will see things begin to caramelize very quickly. I don't know, gosh. Let's talk about this soup, folks! I can't believe we haven't even finished this yet, and it's already so good!

The soup should simmer for a few minutes after adding your can of San Marzano tomatoes, some dried spices, and broth to it and let it simmer for a few minutes. As far as the high maintenance part of the soup is concerned, if you can call it that, it has been completed.

After that, give your soup a quick whirl in a blender (or an immersion blender, if you have one). Then splash in a bit of cream and a light salt and pepper treatment, and you're done. That's all there is to it! Making this clear and delicious soup takes less than an hour.

Homemade Tomato Soup: How To Make It Every Time

Homemade Tomato Soup: How To Make It Every Time

Homemade Tomato Soup: How To Make It Every Time

 

  1. Adding flavorful herbs and spices to the dish is a good idea. It is often found that basil is used in tomato soup, which is delicious. You can also add other spices and herbs for a more flavorful dish. Leveling up your tomato soup by adding fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, chives, and parsley, and zippy cheese such as feta is possible.
  2. Make sure you remember to add the cream at the end. Add coconut milk, heavy cream, or butter if you want your tomato soup to have a silky texture. In other words, we are talking about a richness that tastes decadent without overly indulgent.
  3. It would be nice to add a drizzle, fresh zest, or dollop before serving. There is no doubt that this will take it right over the top. You can change your life with pesto, sour cream, fresh herbs, or lots of cheese.

With This Tomato Soup: What To Serve

With This Tomato Soup: What To Serve

With This Tomato Soup: What To Serve

 

Please make some incredibly delicious Parmesan garlic bread (recipe coming soon!) or some grilled cheese or some sourdough bread because what is tomato soup without some cheesy bread to go with it?

However, what is going to get your toes warm and give you the feeling of taking a nap is this simple homemade tomato soup. I want you to remember that this is with bacon, and it is served with bacon.

To Round Things Out, here Are a Few green Things To Add:

To Round Things Out, here Are a Few green Things To Add:

To Round Things Out, here Are a Few green Things To Add:

 

  • The most simple green salad you will ever make (and it's seriously delicious too)
  • A Brussels and Kale Caesar with Cheesy Croutons (the croutons, by the way, serve as both a salad topper and a soup dipper in one)
  • Yummy toasted bread and Parmesan Kale Salad (simple, zippy, cheesy).
  • Salad with bacon and Brussels sprouts (MORE BACON!)
    That's great! It's time for you to make a simple homemade tomato soup today. It's so real to me that I can feel it.

You can make it as smoky as you want, as sweet as you want, and as creamy or not-creamy as you wish. The recipe is simple - you can make it in under an hour. Most of the time, you spend gazing lovingly at the pot of simmering tomatoes and letting the sweet and salty aromas of carrots, onions, garlic, and bacon fill your kitchen with their beautiful scents.

Here's to wishing you a relaxing, comforting, hug-in-a-bowl tomato soup day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Homemade Tomato Soup Good For You?

Tomato soup is one of the best sources of antioxidants, including lycopene, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E, among others. Antioxidants have been associated with a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-related diseases, such as obesity and heart disease, when consumed by people.

Can I Omit The Bacon?

It is possible to make this meatless, but you will lose a bit of the flavor that bacon adds to this dish. It is simply a matter of adding some oil to sauté the vegetables in the second step of the process.

Do You Know Why Tomatoes Should Be Crushed By Hand?

It is essential to use higher-quality tomatoes here. Usually, whole canned tomatoes are of higher quality, whereas pre-crushed tomatoes are made of bits and pieces of lower quality tomatoes, which results in a poorer quality product. However, I have also made this without hand-crushing the tomatoes (either by using crushed canned tomatoes or by breaking them up in the pan with a spoon), and it turned out just as tasty.

Can You Freeze This Soup?

Yes, of course! You should be able to keep it in the freezer for three to four months.

Is It Better To Make Tomato Soup With Milk Or Water?

In order to use a can of condensed tomato soup, the standard direction is to put the condensed soup in a saucepan, add water to the can, add the water to the pan, and stir and heat just to the point where the soup begins to simmer. Despite this, however. Milk transforms it into a creamy tomato soup, a bit like a tomato bisque, which makes it a bit more like a creamy tomato soup.

What Can I Do To Make This Vegan?

Rather than bacon, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth, and skip the cream (or add a handful of cashews to make it creamy).