Easy Homemade Tomato Soup

Posted October 12, 2015 by Prairie Wife - 9 comments

I am a picky tomato soup eater. For me, most soup out of the can just doesn’t cut it. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a go-to weeknight meal around here and now that the weather is cooling off, I love to add bowls of steaming hot tasty tomato soup. A few weeks ago, I was looking at the abundance of vegetables stacked on our counter. I found a delicious way to take care of the extra zucchini and squash but still had a whole bag of tomatoes. I decided that there was no way we could eat enough BLTs and salads in the course of the week to finish them before they went bad. I do know how to can, but there weren’t enough tomatoes to make it worth the effort.

On a whim, I came up with an easy recipe for tomato soup. I’m going to brag a bit and let you know that I created this all on my own and got it right on the first try…that’s how easy the recipe is. The Cowkids loved it, and I even had TallGirlJ try out the leftovers. It was a hit with her too!

Feel free to add more cream if you like your soup thicker, and top it with some mozzarella cheese and fresh basil to make it extra fancy.

Easy Homemade Tomato Soup
Prep Time: 8 minutes Cook Time: approx 20 min Serves: 8

2 cans Diced Tomatoes (fire-roasted will add even more flavor)
3 cans Tomato Sauce
2 cups vegetable (or chicken) stock
3 tbsp pesto
1 small onion minced
2 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper

  1. Take your minced onion, garlic, and olive oil and cook on medium heat in a large pot for 3-5 minutes or until soft. Stir occasionally.
  2. Combine all of the remaining ingredients (tomato sauce, diced tomatoes vegetable stock, and pesto) in the pot and stir occasionally while you bring it to a boil.
  3. Add cream and salt and pepper to taste, and let simmer for an additional 10 or 15 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately or turn the heat to low and let it simmer until it’s time for dinner.

NOTE: To turn this into a crockpot soup, combine all the ingredients (after you have cooked the onions and garlic) in your crockpot and set it and forget it.

MORE NOTES: If you have old tomatoes you need to use up, puree them in the blender instead of using a can of Diced Tomatoes.

Did you know you can make 12 grilled cheese sandwiches in the oven at a time? Learn how here.

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9 thoughts on "Easy Homemade Tomato Soup"

  1. Bennie says:

    Thanks, I love tomato soup. My mom used to make it from the tomatoes in their garden but this year my parents downsized, sold their home of 56 years (that could be a future blog for you that could stretch over weeks! Oy! The saga I could tell you about emptying out their house. 😉 ).

    Anyway, they did not have a garden this year and won’t have one next year, they are now in a one bedroom apartment. I will pass this recipe on to my mom, she will probably enjoy making this soup for them and as usual I’ll get some leftovers too. I will try it out myself. I made butternut squash soup for myself this past weekend. I portioned it out in 7 containers so 3 for this week, 4 for the freezer and those weekends when I am too busy to cook for the work week.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      Let your mom know it freezes really well too Bennie 🙂

      1. Bennie says:

        I made a copy to give to my mom (and one for me). The only drawback to their new apartment is in their old house she had a stand-up freezer, now it’s just a fridge with a freezer on top so no more stockpiling food for them. 😉

        1. Prairie Wife says:

          Happy to hear you are going to try it, let me know how it goes!

  2. Cindi says:

    Excellent excellent recipe! I had beef stock only and it worked fine. Also I think, here my opinion for what it is effen worth, the onions and garlic should be pureed in after they sauté. I also thickened mine after it was cooked because my son didn’t like the thin version. This soup begs for grilled cheese on sourdough bread.

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      I did think about pureeing the garlic and onion to make it more kid friendly but my kids didn’t complain so less work for me lol! Did you like the thinner version…I wonder if it’s a kid vs. grownup thing?! SO glad you liked it also “what it’s effen worth” ROFL you are a clever gal 😉

  3. Anonymous says:

    Planning on making this again over the weekend. 🙂

    1. Prairie Wife says:

      This makes me soooo happy 🙂

  4. Bennie says:

    I invited a few people over this weekend to help me trim my tree so I’m going to make a pot of this soup again. It’s one of my faves!! Thanks again for the recipe.

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