Cream of Tomato Soup

Can you believe I was scared of this? Scared to make tomato soup. I was scared it would taste like pasta sauce.

A strong, incessant craving demanded I make it anyways. A craving that didn’t care if I never made it before and hadn’t eaten it in years.

So I did what any hard-pressed person would do. I winged it!

I kept it simple and went easy on the herbs, just using thyme, a big pinch of cloves and extra black pepper. I used the best canned tomatoes I could find (organic, San Marzano) and then left the rest up to fate. I crossed my fingers. And my pinky toes.

Thankfully, the outcome didn’t resemble spaghetti sauce at all! It was perfectly seasoned, velvety and rich. It had the perfect ratio of cream so the tomato flavor was mild rather than overwhelming. In other words, it was glorious.

I returned the pasta to the cupboard, ditching my back-up plan. Then I made myself a grilled cheese sandwich and proceeded to dunk my little heart out. My little, gleeful heart.

Cream of Tomato Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cream of Tomato Soup

A velvety rich cream of tomato soup.


olive oil, for sauteing
1 large yellow onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
pinch or two of ground cloves or allspice
sea or Kosher salt and fresh black pepper
28 ounce can Whole San Marzano Tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon baking soda, optional
1 + 1/2 cups half & half, light heavy cream or whole milk
fresh thyme, parsley or basil, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a large saucepan or soup pot heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil over medium-low heat. Add onion and saute until tender and translucent then add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add tomato paste, thyme and cloves, stir into onion mixture, season well with salt and pepper and cook 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add tomatoes and their juices along with broth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes, breaking apart the tomatoes as they cook. Taste broth and season as needed.
  3. Allow tomatoes to cool off slightly and use an immersion blender to puree or carefully transfer to a blender and hold lid down with a dish towel to puree. Add back to pan, if tomatoes taste too acidic mix in the baking soda, allow to cook for a few minutes and then slowly whisk in half & half. Bring back to a simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off heat and serve garnished with fresh herbs.

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  1. says

    I never used to think I would like cream of tomato soup until I made one infused with blue cheese last year. Love at first spoonful.

    And this?  This looks like it could give that one a run for it’s money.  Easy.

  2. OysterCulture says

    This soup sounds amazing!   I confess to not being a big tomato soup fan having grown up with Campbell’s which I always found incredibly sweet.  But when its done right, its fantastc.

  3. OysterCulture says

    This soup sounds amazing!   I confess to not being a big tomato soup fan having grown up with Campbell’s which I always found incredibly sweet.  But when its done right, its fantastc.

  4. Amy says

    Mmmmmm….. One of my most favorite comfort foods – creamy tomato soup and grilled cheese. Makes me happy!

  5. Maggie Berray says

    A relief to see a tomato soup recipe that doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup or other ‘unnatural’ ingredients! I was dreaming of soup for lunch yesterday since it’s been very cold and rainy in my neck of the woods. I might file this away for something to make in the fall and winter months – serve it with good crusty bread or a grilled cheese…OM NOM NOM! The only change I would make is to use fat free half and half because I have to watch my fat and cholesterol intake…but other than that, looks like a great recipe!

  6. says

    Dear Reeni, A wonderful comfort soup. I think that everyone loves Cream of Tomato Soup and homemade makes it soooo much better. Blessings, Catherine xo

  7. Kim says

    What a gorgeous and vibrantly colored picture!  I can’t explain it, but I’ve really been craving grilled cheese and soup.  This looks so yummy.

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