Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with green basil on grey concrete background
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
260 Calories
15g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 260
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 8g
Calcium 195mg 15%
*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.)

Canned tomatoes make this soup a snap to fix, and it tastes great! Top it off with some chopped fresh basil leaves or grated Parmesan cheese.

Serve this tomato soup with crackers. This comfort food favorite also makes a perfect lunch with grilled cheese sandwiches.


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup celery (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • Optional: 1/4 cup basil leaves (chopped)
  • Optional: fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-low heat. Add chopped onion and celery; cook, stirring, until tender.

  3. Stir flour into the vegetable mixture, stirring until well-incorporated. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.

  4. Gradually stir in milk and add the sugar, salt, and pepper. Continue to heat, stirring, until the mixture thickens and begins to boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  5. Dice tomatoes smaller or purée in a blender or processor, if a smoother soup is desired.

  6. Heat tomatoes in a separate saucepan.

  7. Put the thickened sauce back on medium-low heat and gradually add the tomatoes, stirring constantly. Heat through.

  8. If desired, garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or fresh chopped basil leaves.


  • Be careful when you blend the hot soup. Only fill the blender half full and start on a slow speed with the lid slightly ajar to vent any steam. Then seal the lid and increase the blending speed.