This Tomato Soup is simply the BEST- just read the reviews! Make it with fresh summer tomatoes or use canned tomatoes in winter- either way, it’s a nourishing meal in under 30 minutes. Cozy and comforting, vegan-adaptable. Watch the video!

Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable!

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We have a ton of Vegetarian Soup Recipes on the blog but this Tomato Soup has become a weekly occurrence at our home for the last month. I’ve been making jars and jars of it to give away to busy friends and serving it up as dinner with homemade sourdough bread (or sourdough croutons) and Arugula Almond Pesto. Even though it’s just soup, it feels like a nourishing treat. Cozy, homey, and comforting, any time of year.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe!

  • Fast and Easy– Whip it up in 30 minutes with simple ingredients.
  • Flexible– It can be made with fresh tomatoes like we are using right now or with canned Roma tomatoes in winter when fresh tomatoes are long gone. Add bell peppers or carrots for sweetness.
  • Completely Adaptable– It can easily be made vegan!
  • Perfectly creamy! The soup is perfectly creamy, not overly, just enough!
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Ingredient Notes

  • Ghee– We love the flavor this gives, but butter or olive oil work great too.
  • Carrot– This adds sweetness and body to the soup. You can also replace it with bell pepper, or even better- add both!
  • Tomatoes– Fresh summer tomatoes elevate the soup, but canned tomatoes work too! San Marzanos are our favorite choice here.
  • Broth– We keep it easy with bullion cubes veggie bouillon paste but ready-made broth works too! Especially this flavorful homemade Vegetable Broth.
  • Cream– or half & half, and vegans use cashews for a dairy-free version- still so rich and delicious!

See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.     

How to Make Homemade Tomato Soup

Sautéing onion for tomato soup.

Step One– Saute onion and carrots in a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven, stir occasionally. Add a red bell pepper if you like!

Sautéing carrots and onions for tomato soup.

Step Two– Add fresh tomatoes (or canned tomatoes) veggie broth or chicken broth, seasonings, pepper and salt.

Chopping the tomatoes for tomato soup.

Simmer with the broth, covered, until the tomatoes break down, about 10-15 minutes.

Cooking tomatoes down for tomato soup.

Step Three– Add fresh basil and blend. Using an immersion blender makes this especially quick and easy.

Blending the tomato soup.

Step Four– Then add heavy cream or half and half. (Or, for a vegan option, add raw cashews to the simmering tomatoes to soften before blending.)

creamy tomato soup in a bowl.

What To Serve With Tomato Soup

Top the tomato soup with parmesan cheese, a swirl of pesto, or add croutons if you like.

Simply the BEST homemade Tomato Soup recipe made w/ fresh or canned tomatoes in under 30 minutes. Cozy and comforting, vegan-adaptable!

Tomato Soup FAQS

What tomatoes should I use?

Use fresh ripe tomatoes if possible, but canned tomatoes work too – if using canned, use San Marzano tomatoes for the best flavor- a fast, easy pantry meal! Using fresh tomatoes when they are in season- elevates, and makes the BEST tomato soup.

How do you thicken tomato soup?

The easiest, healthiest, and tastiest way to thicken tomato soup is to add carrots to the soup. Not only will they thicken the soup, but they will also add a lovely sweetness.

Does tomato soup freeze well?

Yes it does! Best to leave out the dairy and add it in after reheating. it can be frozen in mason jars leaving an inch of headroom for expansion.

Can tomato soup be made vegan?

To make vegan tomato soup, simmer cashews in the soup before blending. It will whip up creamy and delicious!

What our readers are saying!

Veronica: This is the best tomato soup I’ve ever had. Love it! I’ll keep the recipe for sure. Thank You 

Melanie: Made this for dinner. Excellent. I used carrots, celery and red bell pepper in it. I doubled the recipe. I’ll freeze some and use some in a creamy Parmesan pasta sauce. 

Danielle: Absolutely the best tomato soup! 

Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable! #tomatosoup

More Favorite Tomato Recipes

Enjoy this Tomato Soup. Make it for a friend, or do something kind with it this week!



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The best recipe for homemade tomato soup in under 30 minutes. Vegan-adaptable.

The Best Tomato Soup Recipe!

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  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 45 cups 1x
  • Category: soup, vegan,
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and delicious! Vegan-adaptable (see notes). Watch the video!


Units Scale
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, ghee, or butter (the ghee elevates!)
  • 1 extra-large onion, diced
  • 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced (or one red bell pepper) or use both-the best!!)
  • 2 lbs fresh tomatoes (or one, 28-ounce can of San Marzano Tomatoes)
  • 1 cup water plus 1-2 bouillon cubes (chicken or veggie)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, honey or maple syrup (or sugar alternative)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1015 basil leaves
  • pinch cayenne (optional, but good)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half (or sub-cashews-see notes)
  • 12 tablespoons sour cream– optional!

Optional toppings:


  1. Heat butter in a heavy bottom pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, and saute until softened about 3-4 minutes. Add the carrots, lower heat to medium, saute 3-4 minutes more until onions are golden and fragrant.
  2. Add the tomatoes, water, bouillon cubes, honey or sugar, salt and pepper. (If making this vegan, add cashews now-see notes.) Stir, increase heat and bring to a simmer, cover, then lower heat to low, so it’s gently simmering.  Simmer 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes have broken down and carrots are tender. Remove from heat.
  3. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup adding the basil leaves.  Or you can blend in a blender.
  4. Return it to the pot. Stir in the cream.
  5. Taste and adjust salt and sugar. Add a little pinch of cayenne.
  6. Whisk in the sour cream if you like.
  7. Serve in bowls with basil ribbons, arugula almond pesto, croutons, pecorino, or fresh little tomatoes (halved).


If making this vegan, add 1/3-1/2 cup raw cashews to simmering tomatoes to soften before blending. You will need to blend the soup a little longer.

To use broth or stock instead of bouillon cubes- feel free, but you will need to increase the salt to taste.

Feel free to add: garlic or celery when you add the carrots.

STORE: Soup will last 4 days in the fridge or freeze for winter in mason jars with 1-inch headroom (for expansion).


  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 284
  • Sugar: 21 g
  • Sodium: 758.7 mg
  • Fat: 18.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 30 g
  • Fiber: 5.1 g
  • Protein: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 12.4 mg

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  1. The recipe says to use the same amount of canned tomatoes, regardless of number of servings. Guessing that’s incorrect? How many cans should I use if I want to double the recipe.

  2. Outstanding recipe, Sylvia! I used organic heirloom toms, threw in a couple regular ones that needed to be used. Ended up with about 3 1/2 pounds, but that’s ok. Also I ended up not adding the water because I liked the consistency and thickness after blending it all together. I threw together some grilled cheese/onion tomato sandwiches to go on the side (just for fun). The flavors of the soup were incredible. My husband is loving that I was able to send it to work with him for his lunches — so yummy! Thank you again, friend!

  3. This is the best tomato soup I’ve ever tasted! I have missed tomato soup so much since going gluten and dairy free. It’s been so challenging trying to find any decent options in stores. I had no idea it was so easy to make at home. Now I can make tomato soup anytime I want, thank you so much!

  4. I discovered this soup recipe last year but gave just made it again for the first time of this winter season. Still as delicious as we remembered. I use the vegan options and soak the cashews in hot water for a while then blend them in a mini chopper before adding to the soup. Also 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes instead of paprika. Otherwise exactly as per recipe. Best homemade tomato soup ever..

  5. The very best tomato soup recipe I have come upon. It is the “go to” every year when the tomato crop comes in and the frozen soups see us through to the following harvest.
    Thank you Sylvia!!

  6. So delicious! Used mixed variety of my garden tomatoes, & both red pepper & carrots. In place of basil, used mix of herbs from garden: rosemary, tarragon, flat & curly parsley, & thyme. Using dutch oven & stick blender made for easy cleanup.

  7. So delicious! Used mixed variety of my garden tomatoes, & both red pepper & carrots. In place of basil, used mix of herbs from garden: rosemary, tarragon, flat & curly parsley, & thyme. Using dutch oven & stick blender made for easy cleanup.

  8. So delicious! Used mixed variety of my garden tomatoes, & both red pepper & carrots. In place of basil, used mix of herbs from garden: rosemary, tarragon, flat & curly parsley, & thyme. Using dutch oven & stick blender made for easy cleanup.

  9. This by far is the most delicious tomato soup. I make this so often, and my son has NO IDEA that there are peppers and carrots in it!!! 🙂 I love this soup

  10. I have been looking for a tomato soup recipe and this one is the keeper. I had added cashews hoping for a creamy texture after blending, but my dear old blender burnt out its motor half way through and I had to finish with a stick blender, so it was not as smooth as I had hoped but the flavor was great. I’ll try it again when I get a new blender! As always, thanks for sharing your talents with us!

    1. Oh Shoot! Sorry Mert. Did you simmer the cashews first a bit? That will help to soften. You might try blending again after it sits and soaks a bit. 🙂

  11. Big YUMMM! This was so delicious. Made as written (except I just used 1 Tbsp. sugar, reasoning I could add the rest later and it was fine). Stirred in some Greek yogurt. Tasted like Health in a bowl! Thanks.

  12. This is my favourite tomato soup. I also used one kapia pepper and I think it contributed to the fabulous taste. I will remake it. Thank you

  13. I have made this soup many, many times. Sometimes adding garlic, using kabocha squash or sweet potatoes in place of carrots, adding basil leaves or pesto, sometimes using fresh roasted tomatoes or simply canned. Every time it turns out delicious!! Such a wonderful and versatile recipe. Thank you, Sylvia!

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