Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup (2022)

My favorite tomato soup recipe! You wouldn’t think that three ingredients — butter, onion, and tomato — can come together to make such a velvety and delicious tomato soup, but let me tell you. They can. Jump to the Tomato Soup Recipe

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How To Make The Easiest Tomato Soup From Scratch

This simple homemade tomato soup is quick, easy, and insanely delicious. It is excellent with canned tomatoes, but you can also use fresh tomatoes. Tips for canned and fresh tomatoes are found in the recipe below. If you love quick, no-fuss recipes, this is it! If you love roasting tomatoes, try our roasted tomato soup!

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This tomato soup is inspired by one of the most famous recipes out there — Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce.

Butter, tomatoes, and onion are simmered until slightly thickened. Out comes the onion and the sauce is ready to be spooned over pasta.

It’s genius and absolutely delicious. We use the same three ingredients in this tomato soup, but add a little water and blend everything together just before serving.

We love serving this with a grilled cheese sandwich, but a slice of this rosemary focaccia bread is also an excellent idea!

Making The Soup

Here’s how to the best (and easiest) tomato soup:

Combine butter, onion, and tomatoes. Grab a Dutch oven or pot, place it over medium heat and melt the butter.Add half an onion that’s been cut into large wedges and a large can of tomatoes.

Add water or broth and simmer. Bring everything to a low simmer, add some salt and leave it alone for about 40 minutes.

Watch our video above and see how creamy it gets. That’s thanks to the butter.

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Blend. I find an immersion blender is useful, but a blender works, too. Adjust the soup for seasoning then grab a bowl…and maybe a grilled cheese sandwich?

This soup is also amazing topped with homemade croutons or served next to this easy buttery garlic bread.

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What Tomatoes Should I Use

This soup is excellent with canned tomatoes. Just like when making our favorite red pasta sauce, I love using whole peeled tomatoes or crushed tomatoes.

By the way, we love San Marzano Tomatoes and are always pleased with tomatoes from Muir Glen. Neither are watery and both taste great.

You can also use fresh tomatoes. You will need 10 to 12 whole tomatoes (or about 2 pounds). It’s best to peel them, but we have made the soup with unpeeled tomatoes.

A Quick Recap

This is your new favorite weeknight meal. Promise.

  • This tomato soup has three ingredients (plus water and salt).
  • Everything is tossed into a pan — no browning, no hovering over a stove.
  • You can use canned tomatoes — and should.
  • Did I mention there are only three ingredients?

What Our Readers Are Saying

If you don’t believe that our recipe helps you achieve perfect tomato soup at home, take a look at what our readers are saying about the recipe! More reviews are in the comments section below.

“WOW!! What a delicious and easy tomato soup, my three and one-year old were as thrilled as my husband and I were.” – Ashley

“This is the best tomato soup, hands down!! Cannot say that emphatically enough. Did not change a thing from the recipe and it was perfect. Couldn’t be easier to make.” – John

“Made this exactly as written. Oh my gosh, this was amazing!!!” – Dayna

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this tomato soup vegan? Yes, olive oil or a plant-based butter is an option. You can also use coconut oil. It might sound odd but the light coconut flavor with onion/tomatoes is pretty delicious.

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Can I add basil? This soup is delicious with and without basil. Adding a handful of fresh basil at the end before blending the soup is a fantastic idea.

Can I add cream? Yes, although, with the butter in this recipe, only a small splash of cream is needed.

Can I make this soup in advance? Yes! Store homemade tomato soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze up to three months.

More Easy Soup Recipes

We have many soup recipes on Inspired Taste. Here are a few favorites:

For more tomato-based soups, take a look at our chilled tomato soup recipe (Gazpacho) or this roasted tomato sop with lemon.

I love creamy soups. Two of the most popular creamy soups on the blog are thiseasy creamy veggie soup and this simple homemade potato soup.

Homemade broths add so much to soups. Here’s our recipe for homemade vegetable broth as well as our favorite recipe for chicken broth.

While we are on the subject of chicken, you must take a look at our easy homemade chicken noodle soup recipe. It is healthy, satisfying, and tastes incredible.It’s faster to make than the traditional version, too!

I love this lightened up broccoli cheddar soup! It’s creamy and so delicious.

Recipe updated, originally posted October2015. Since posting this in 2015, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

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You only need three main ingredients to make this velvety, rich tomato soup recipe. This, friends is your new favorite weeknight meal.

Makes 2 generous servings

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 large onion, cut into large wedges

1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, we prefer to use whole peeled or crushed, see notes for fresh tomatoes

1 ½ cups water, low sodium vegetablestock, orchicken stock

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste

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Directions

    Melt butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven or large saucepan.

    Add onion wedges, water, can of tomatoes with their juices, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add additional salt as needed.

    Blend the soup, and then season to taste. The soup doesn’t need to be ultra-smooth, some texture is a nice touch. An immersion blender doesmakequick work of this, or you canuse a blender. If you use a regular blender, it is best to blend in batches and not fill the blender as much as you usually would since the soup is so hot. We like to remove the center insert of the lid and cover it with a kitchen towel while blending — this helps to release some of the steam and prevents the blender lid from popping off (which can be a big, hot mess).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Can I use fresh tomatoes? Yes. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, you will need 10 to 12 medium tomatoes (or about 2 pounds). You can peel them, but we skip this step since we will be blending the soup in the end anyway.
  • Can I make this vegan? Yes, olive oil is an option or coconut oil instead of butter. Coconut oil might sound odd but the light coconut flavor with onion/tomatoes is pretty delicious.
  • Can I add basil? This soup is delicious with and without basil. Adding a handful of fresh basil at the end before blending the soup is a fantastic idea.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We have omitted salt since you will need to add to your tastes.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

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Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size Half of the recipe / Calories 348 / Total Fat 24.9g / Saturated Fat 14.8g / Cholesterol 61mg / Sodium 1485.4mg / Carbohydrate 29.6g / Dietary Fiber 4.5g / Total Sugars 15.4g / Protein 7.8g

AUTHOR:Adam and Joanne Gallagher

FAQs

How many ingredients are needed for making tomato soup? ›

Butter, tomatoes, and onion are simmered until slightly thickened. Out comes the onion and the sauce is ready to be spooned over pasta. It's genius and absolutely delicious. We use the same three ingredients in this tomato soup, but add a little water and blend everything together just before serving.

What makes tomato soup better? ›

Add a can of diced tomatoes, a bit of cream, and torn fresh basil leaves. Swirl some red wine vinegar into the soup and serve with a stack of mozzarella and fresh basil leaves on a toasted baguette. Add a drizzle of pesto (homemade or store bought) and finish with toasted pine nuts and croutons.

Can I use milk instead of water in canned tomato soup? ›

Start by combining one can of tomato soup with a can full of milk, as you usually would. We're not using water here. I usually use 1% milk, but if you aren't calorie conscious and have it on hand, of course it would be even better with half and half or heavy cream.

Do you have to add water or milk to tomato soup? ›

This rich, smooth soup is made with a flavorful tomato puree and delicately seasoned. Directions: Mix soup + 1 can water (or for creamier soup, 1 can milk or milk substitute).

How do you make tomato soap? ›

How to make Natural COLD PROCESS TOMATO SOAP at home

How do you thicken tomato soup? ›

To make a slurry, mix a spoonful of cornstarch or tapioca starch with some of the excess liquid from the soup. Stir to combine the ingredients, and then add the mixture right into the soup. Bring the soup to a boil and watch it thicken almost immediately.

How can you thicken soup? ›

Add flour or cornflour

Put a tablespoon of either into a small bowl and stir in 2-3 tbsp of the soup until you have a smooth mixture. Stir this back into the soup and bring it to a simmer. Cook for a few minutes to allow the starch granules to burst to thicken, and to cook out any flour flavour.

What goes with tomato soup for dinner? ›

What To Serve With Tomato Soup: 13 Tempting Sides
  • Grilled cheese (or a cheese toastie!) Soup and a sandwich is a classic combination that really can't be overlooked here. ...
  • Bacon sandwich. ...
  • Cheese and onion sandwich. ...
  • Mozzarella dippers. ...
  • Cheese and bacon scones. ...
  • Jacket potato. ...
  • Potato chips. ...
  • A side salad.
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Why do you put baking soda in tomato soup? ›

When you add baking soda to tomato soup (or sauce, or chili), it neutralizes the acid in the tomatoes. Not only will this make the tomatoes taste less acidic (good news if your tomatoes turned out more sour than you expected), but it also means that you can now add milk to your soup without risking curdling it.

How do you keep homemade tomato soup from curdling? ›

Temper the milk before adding it to the soup by gradually adding small amounts of the hot liquid, warming the milk slowly; then add it to the soup. Add a little heavy cream to the soup to help prevent curdling. In milk-based soups, add acidic ingredients, such as tomatoes and lemon juice, to the milk mixture.

How can I make canned tomatoes taste better? ›

You want to give your tomatoes contact with a direct heat source. That means cooking them at the bottom of whatever saucepan or Dutch oven you're using. The goal here is to remove water from the tomato solids and allow them to caramelize somewhat, which will concentrate their flavor.

How long does homemade tomato soup last in the fridge? ›

Store homemade tomato soup in an air-tight container, in the refrigerator. Kept in the refrigerator, the soup will be good for 3-4 days. Freeze: You can also freeze all or a portion of the soup.

What happens if you add milk to tomato sauce? ›

Yep, you heard me right, milk. Most of us aren't used to adding dairy to tomatoey, meaty sauces, but adding milk to your bolognese adds such a richer depth of flavour, and results in much more tender meat.

How long does tomato soup last in the fridge? ›

If stored properly in an airtight container, tomato soup can last in the fridge for 3-4 days. The answer also depends on a few factors, including how you store the soup and what ingredients you use. However, making your soup with dairy products will only last 1-2 days.

What can I add to tomato sauce? ›

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  1. 1 - Extra virgin olive oil. Adding a good amount of a flavorful olive oil will go a long way in infusing flavor into your sauce. ...
  2. 2 - Fresh garlic. ...
  3. 3 - Meat. ...
  4. 4 - Hot pepper flakes. ...
  5. 5 - Red wine. ...
  6. 6 - Fresh or dried herbs. ...
  7. 7 - Cheese. ...
  8. 8 - Cream and/or butter.
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Is tomato soup the same as tomato juice? ›

Tomato juice is made from whole tomatoes that have been juiced, while tomato soup is made by cooking crushed tomatoes with other ingredients.

What can I use tomato juice for? ›

Fresh
  1. Use the juice to make Spanish or Mexican rice.
  2. Make gazpacho and add it to the soup.
  3. Throw it into a pot of meatballs or sausages that are simmering in sauce.
  4. Add some spices to it and drink it as tomato juice.
  5. Use it to make Tomato Herb Salad Dressing.
  6. Add it to meatloaf.

Is tomato soup healthy? ›

Tomato soup is an excellent source of antioxidants, including lycopene, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E, among many others ( 3 , 7 ). Consuming antioxidants has been linked with a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-related diseases, such as obesity and heart disease ( 3 , 8 , 9 ).

Can you freeze tomatoes? ›

To successfully freeze fresh raw tomatoes, you can: Slice tomatoes into at least 1/2-inch slices. Put slices on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Remove slices and put them into freezer bags or containers.

Is tomato juice good for dry skin? ›

May moisturize skin

Along with traditional remedies, some people claim you can also apply tomato juice to dry skin to help provide moisture. Tomatoes are an excellent source of potassium. According to research , decreased levels of potassium may contribute to dry skin in people with atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema.

How many tomatoes make a cup? ›

The cherry tomato weighs about 1 ounce, the plum tomato about 3 ounces, and the regular garden tomato weighs about 6 ounces. We then started chopping and found it took 27 to 28 cherry tomatoes, about 3 plum tomatoes, or 1.25 medium round garden tomatoes to reach the 1 cup mark.

How is tomato juice made? ›

Chop your tomatoes and add them to a large pan on the stovetop over medium heat with a splash of water. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Continuously stirring to soften the tomatoes. Press the softened tomatoes through a sieve or food mill to extract the juice and leave behind the skin and seeds.

How do you make tomato soup thicker? ›

How to Thicken Tomato Soup
  1. Add cream. Dairy options high in fat will create a thick and creamy consistency in dishes. ...
  2. Blend the soup. Purée the whole soup or just half of it to add thickness to the dish. ...
  3. Incorporate vegetables. ...
  4. Make a slurry. ...
  5. Reduce the soup. ...
  6. Top the soup with croutons.
21 Jan 2022

Is Homemade tomato soup healthy? ›

Tomato soup is an excellent source of antioxidants, including lycopene, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E, among many others ( 3 , 7 ). Consuming antioxidants has been linked with a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-related diseases, such as obesity and heart disease ( 3 , 8 , 9 ).

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