Homemade Tomato Soup

I think I’ve mentioned several times on the blog that I absolutely cannot stand condensed, canned tomato soup. It’s nasty. I have never liked it–As a kid, I’d rather have gone hungry than eat it (kind of like my feelings towards Manwich, or Sloppy Joes in general). The same can be said for grilled cheese. I have NEVER liked American cheese, and with my apologies to the folks at Kraft, think Kraft singles are among the grosser foods out there. Of course, that being said, grilled cheese and tomato soup happens to be one of the bambino’s favorite meals, and one of the few vegetarian dishes I can get Jay to eat without complaint! So what do I do? Make Homemade Tomato Soup.

Homemade Tomato Soup - TramplingroseIt does require a bit of prep work, but it’s not as intimidating as you might think. And it’s SO much better than the canned stuff!

Homemade Tomato Soup - TramplingroseI’m still working my way through a bunch of tomatoes I got from a coworker back in the fall–I blanched, peeled, then froze them all. It’s been nice, since for this particular soup, I just needed some pantry staples to make it.

Homemade Tomato Soup - TramplingroseI made some homemade garlic toast to go alongside, rather than grilled cheese. I thought about making homemade croutons to serve on top, since I didn’t have crackers, but figured garlic toast was good enough.

Homemade Tomato Soup - TramplingroseThe bambino told me he’d rather have had grilled cheese, and didn’t like the garlic toast. Oh well. He got a sandwich the next day for lunch, so he was happy. I was happy the soup made leftovers!

Yield: 6

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 6 large ripe red tomatoes, peeled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 C chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp. half & half or light cream
  • 1 Tbsp. sour cream
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the tomatoes, onion, potatoes, garlic, thyme, parsley, and chicken broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often, until vegetables are soft, about 30 minutes.

Remove the sprigs of thyme and parsley. Puree the soup either using an immersion blender or regular blender. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve back into the pot and keep warm over low heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together the half & half and sour cream, then stir into the soup.

Season with salt and pepper before serving.

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You’ll no doubt notice the little white blobs in the soup photos…I realized after the fact that sour cream doesn’t exactly melt, so there were chunks of it throughout the soup. I updated the recipe to reflect the fact that in hindsight, I should’ve whisked the sour cream and half & half together. Derp. Still, even with that minor screw-up, the soup was still good. And since I’m one of those weirdos who eats soup year-round (yes, even in summer!), I will be making this again and again. I can’t wait until we have fresh tomatoes from our garden!

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6 Replies to “Homemade Tomato Soup”

  1. I’m with you on the canned tomato soup and the canned sloppy joe garbage. We part ways, however, when it comes to American cheese (product). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve spent many hard earned dollars on exquisite aged cheeses — including Gorau Glas (about $50 bucks a pound for cow’s milk bleu and worth every penny). But there’s something about the salty American processed stuff, not to mention it’s melting ability, that keeps me coming back for more. Then again, I guess that’s why I’m an *aspiring* food snob. ;-)

    Your tomato soup, by the way, looks outstanding!

    • Okay, I will grant you American cheese DOES have superior melting ability…There’s just something about it that reminds me almost of slimy plastic. Which is not to say that I won’t eat it if I have to…I just won’t be happy about it! :)

      And thank you–I could eat homemade tomato soup all day! The canned crap, not so much.

  2. Homemade tomato soup is WAY better than the canned version. And like you, I have no problem eating soup in the summer! Sometimes restaurants blast their AC so high that it’s freezing, ordering soup is a must. :) Have a nice weekend!

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