This recipe for Tomato Soup is simple and easy and can be made in under 30 minutes. It’s cozy, comforting, and perfect for bridging the season between summer and fall. Vegan-adaptable.
The soul has been given its own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. ~ Rumi
For the last month, this Simple Tomato Soup has become a weekly occurrence at our home. Both Brian and I are kind of addicted to it. I’ve been making jars of it to give away to busy friends and serving it up as dinner with a few slices of homemade sourdough (or sourdough croutons).
Even though it’s just soup, it feels like a meal.
What I love about this recipe is that 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. It can also easily be made vegan.
Our neighbors have a big basil patch which they’ve generously shared, so I wander over there and pick handfuls of basil to make pesto to go with this. But the soup doesn’t need the pest0- it’s just as good on its own.
Ingredients in Tomato Soup:
- olive oil, butter or ghee
- carrot (or celery)
- tomatoes (fresh or canned)
- cream or cashews
How to make tomato soup (in a nutshell):
- Saute onion and carrots.
- Add tomatoes, broth, and salt and simmer 10 minutes.
- Add basil and blend
- Add cream (or sub cashews)
Use Fresh or canned tomatoes. If using canned, use San Marzano, if you can find them.
I love using fresh tomatoes when in season- it makes the BEST tomato soup.
Quarter the tomatoes and simmer with the broth, covered, until broken down, about 10-15 minutes.
Using an immersion blender makes this especially quick and easy.
Then add cream or half and half. (Or, for a vegan option, add raw cashews to the simmering tomatoes to soften before blending.)
Keep it simple or add chopped tomatoes for more texture.
For extra richness, add pecorino or parmesan to the homemade tomato soup.
On the homefront:
The morning sun is dusty orange on my hands as I type. The smoke from the fires reached us a week ago and it has been eerily dark and gloomy here. We’ve been inside waiting it out.
I am reminded of how connected everything is. The fires, though far from here, affect us here many miles away. Even the earth echos the idea, that when one person suffers, we all suffer.
It’s easy to create a bubble around ourselves. Around our families. I’m guilty of this. But we are not bubbles. Like trees, our roots connect underneath the ground, hidden, whether we choose to believe this or not.
I walked passed a woman the other day that looked forlorn. She had a suitcase and looked as if she had traveled miles. It tugged at my heart. But I did not stop to ask if she was ok.
I debated. I got in my car and deliberated. I can’t help everyone, I thought. I’m hungry and in a hurry. And then, This will open a whole can of worms I don’t want to “deal” with right now, I kept arguing with myself.
So, I drove off.
Guess what? In the middle of the night, the time around 2 am, when your conscious comes to call, that scenario came back to me. I felt ill. I totally failed that day. I knew it in my core.
Later the next day I heard a whole town burnt to the ground, just a couple hours from here. Out of one hundred homes, eight remained. I think of that woman, and wonder if she was from there. I’ll never know, I didn’t bother to ask.
So I’ve been feeling pretty disgusted with myself, truthfully. I realize I can’t help everyone, but I can help those who cross my path. Those, my heart feels that tug. Not out of guilt, but of a knowing, that we are all connected.
Why is it, I’m telling you this? So maybe you can do better than I did. We all need to be better than this.
Our hearts know. Our heads talk us out of loving every single time.
So there’s that.
Other recipes you might like:
- Coconut Ginger Tomato Soup
- Roasted Tomato Soup with Halloumi Croutons
- Roasted Tomato Sauce
- Glowing Carrot Soup
- Simple Celery Soup
- Our 25 Most Popular Vegetarian Soups!
Enjoy this simple Tomato Soup. Make it for a friend, or do something kind with it this week.
Homemade Tomato Soup made with fresh or canned tomatoes, made in under 30 minutes. Creamy, easy and Vegan-adaptable (see notes)!
- 4 tablespoons ghee, butter or olive oil (the ghee is good!)
- 1 extra-large onion, diced
- 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced (or sub celery or red bell pepper)
- 2 lbs fresh tomatoes ( or one, 28-ounce can of San Marzano Tomatoes)
- 1 cup water plus 2 bouillon cubes (chicken or veggie)
- 2 tablespoons honey or sugar (or sugar alternative)
- 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 10–15 basil leaves
- pinch cayenne (optional, but good)
- 1/2 cup cream or half and half (or sub-cashews-see notes)
- 1–2 tablespoon sour cream- optional!
- 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.
- 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.
- Using an immersian blender, blend the soup adding the basil leaves. Or you can blend in a blender.
- Return it to the pot. Stir in the cream.
- Taste and adjust salt and sugar. Add a little pinch of cayenne.
- Whisk in the sour cream if you like.
- Serve in bowls with basil ribbons, 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.
STORE: Soup will last 4 days in the fridge or freeze for winter in mason jars with 1-inch headroom (for expansion).
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