Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup is a very easy recipe. There’s nothing complicated about it. The tomatoes used in this recipe are canned tomatoes. These can be homemade canned (jarred) tomatoes or store bought. Canned tomatoes are an extremely versatile pantry staple. They can be used in a variety of dishes from spaghetti sauces to chili as well as soups such as the Tomato Soup with Lentils that was previously published on this site. That’s why I always have canned tomatoes in my pantry.

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Tomato soup, with or without lentils, is one of my favorite soups, and as a kid, I ate it often, using it to dip my sandwiches and drinking it from a soup mug. I even remember standing on a chair at the stove making condensed tomato soup while my mom stood nearby. As an adult, I made a can of the condensed stuff, and discovered that I didn’t like it. Fortunately, one of my nieces helped me to discover that the problem was with how I was preparing it, but that’s a story for a different blog post.

Creamy Tomato Soup

I love having the ability to make tomato soup without needing to have cans of condensed soup on hand. It’s liberating to know that if I have a sudden craving for tomato soup and grilled cheese that I don’t need to run to the store and buy canned soup. As I mentioned above, I always have canned tomatoes in the pantry, but I may not always have cans of tomato soup.

What will you need to prepare this recipe?

From the Pantry

  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Chicken, or Vegetable, Broth
  • Dried Basil
  • Salt
  • Sugar (optional)

From the Root Cellar

  • Onion

From the Refrigerator

  • Cream

This recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup is so simple that you may never buy another can of the condensed stuff. The best part is that it’s made from common pantry staples. If you don’t have cream on hand, you can use an equal amount of canned, evaporated, milk.

Creamy Tomato Soup

I like to prepare a batch of this soup on the weekend and store it in pint sized mason jars in my fridge, so I can take it for lunch during the week. When I eat this soup as an entree instead of a side or starter, I like to eat a two cup portion.

Creamy Tomato Soup, simple to prepare with a rich and creamy taste that's still figure friendly.

Give our recipe for Creamy Tomato Soup a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Creamy Tomato Soup

This recipe makes a delectable cream style tomato soup that's the perfect accompaniment to a grilled cheese sandwich or a piece of crusty bread. This soup can be served rustic style or pureed to make a creamier soup. If you don't have cream, you can substitute an equal amount of canned, evaporated, milk. If this soup is too tart for your taste, stir in a tablespoon of sugar to cut through the acidity of the tomatoes. This recipe makes 8 (1 cup) servings for about $2.74. Sometimes, we double the recipe, so we can have larger servings.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 tbsp butter ($0.19)
  • 1 medium onion chopped ($0.29)
  • cups broth chicken or vegetable ($0.79)
  • 1 tsp salt ($0.01)
  • 1 tsp dried basil ($0.04)
  • 1 quart canned tomatoes ($0.90)
  • ¼ cup cream ($0.52)
  • 1 tbsp sugar (optional)


  • Melt the butter in the bottom of a 2 – 3 quart pan.
  • Add the onion to the melted butter and saute until the onion becomes translucent
  • Add the broth, salt, basil, and tomatoes to the pan with the onions and mix well, scraping the bottom of the pan.
  • Bring to a full rolling boil, then lower heat.
  • Simmer soup for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cream.
  • The soup can now be served, or if you prefer a creamier soup, you can use an immersion blender to puree it.


The recipe calls for a quart of tomatoes.  This is because a quart is a common size for home canned tomatoes.  If you don’t have home canned tomatoes, use a 28 ounce can of store bought crushed tomatoes, and add 1/2 cup additional broth to the recipe. 

Nutrition information in the table below is for a one cup serving of Creamy Tomato Soup prepared according to the recipe above without the optional sugar.

Disclaimer:  Nutritional information is calculated using online tools such as those available at or  We make every attempt to ensure that this information is calculated correctly, but this information should be considered estimates.   Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe.  In addition, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition-fact sources, databases, and the algorithms used.   You are solely responsible for ensuring that any nutritional information provided is accurate, complete, and useful.  Under no circumstances will be responsible for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information provided. 

21 thoughts on “Creamy Tomato Soup

  1. That looks delicious. I love a homemade tomato soup like this. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  2. I love tomato soup! Can’t wait to try your recipe. Also, how clever that you include each ingredient’s price in the list! Love the idea!

    1. Thank you, Eva. I include the prices because I have people tell me that it’s too expensive to cook at home. Unfortunately, I just realized that the total cost of the recipe is not included on this post, so thanks for the reminder. I know you’ll love this recipe.

  3. I love easy soup recipes because every time I crave a soup, I need something quick and easy. So this tomato soup is just what I need. And I do have lots of canned tomatoes, so this is a great find for me!

    1. Elaine, I agree that quick and easy is the best type of soup. Canned tomatoes are a staple in my kitchen, too, so this has become one of my go-to homemade soups.

  4. Tomato soup is classic comfort food and homemade is the best. This looks so good…it’s a perfect day for a bowl of this.

    1. Tammy, the weather here is bipolar. One day it’s warm like spring, then it’s cold like winter. We don’t know how to dress or what to cook. Today it was 98 degrees, but I love soup on cold days.

  5. This is so much better than the stuff in the can! I like the idea of making a double batch and storing it in the fridge! Now that my husband is retired, I need to have something on hand for quick and easy lunches!

    1. Pam, I am a big believer in making double batches of lots of things. That way I can store them in the freezer until I need them again. For most recipes, it really doesn’t take much longer than making a single batch.

    1. I love simple recipes. Raising a family and working full time has made me a huge fan of simple meals, but they have to taste good, too.

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