Perfect Tomato Soup

Basil in bowl of tomato soup

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 26 mins
Total: 41 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
172 Calories
4g Fat
31g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Protein 6g
Calcium 115mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Tomato soup is up there with chicken noodle soup as one of the most popular soups (not to mention kid-friendly) around. There are lots of ways to season up a good tomato soup, but sometimes you just want the classic – bursting with tomato flavor, silky smooth, and not complicated by much else. This is that soup. 

Serve this soup with a great grilled cheese sandwich to make this a very happy lunch. Dipping, dunking and even possibly slurping are totally permitted when it comes to this classic duo. 

Or try this with a simple salad with a classic vinaigrette, or a spectacular Greek Salad for a soup meal that will make your family feel like they are getting a pretty great soup and salad meal. You could also put out a nice antipasti board for nibbling along with the soup, for a different fun family meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 

Steps to Make It

  1.  Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 3 minutes, until they start to soften. Add the carrots and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes more.

  2. Add the fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, broth, and tomato paste to the pot, turn the heat to high, and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.

  3. Either use an immersion blender (see Note) to puree the soup until smooth right in the pot, or very carefully transfer the soup in batches to a food processor blender and puree until smooth. 

    Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients

    Steam expands quickly in a blender, and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender only one-third of the way up, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.


An immersion blender is a wonderful tool to have around, especially if you like to make smooth soups and sauces often.  The immersion blender is the opposite of the one-off tool.  It’s a blender on a stick that you can put right into a mixture, hot or cold, press a button, stir it around, and purée the whole shebang.  It saves you the pain and potential suffering of transferring hot soups to a blender to puree, and that pays for the immersion or stick blender over and over again.  A good immersion blender is like 30 bucks – money well spent.  All of this is to say, buy one, if you use your food processor or blender regularly, and you’ll find yourself reaching for it often.

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