Tomato Soup

If I had to pick a favorite soup, it would be tomato soup.  It’s my favorite canned soup and my favorite homemade soup.

A few weeks ago I was out of town and our wonderful neighbors invited Jim over for dinner and to watch a baseball game. (Way to go Cardinals!)   He was in heaven.  The fact that he got to watch it with his buddy Declan made it even more fun.  (Declan is eight)

When I talked to Jim that night he couldn’t stop talking about the delicious soup Katie had served for dinner.  So of course, I had to have the recipe and Katie graciously shared.

I have another tomato soup recipe here on the blog.  This is a delicious recipe but it does use fresh, vine ripened tomatoes.  Some times of the year finding a decent vine ripened tomato can be a challenge.  So now you have another alternative – today’s recipe.  This recipe used canned tomatoes and it just as delicious!

I tweeked the recipe just a bit and Jim gave it two thumbs up!  Tomato soup is the perfect comfort food.  Throw in a grilled sandwich and you’ve got heaven!

Tomato Soup


  • 1/2 C onion, diced
  • 1/4 C butter
  • 2 - (14.5 oz.) cans petit cut diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1 C chicken broth
  • 1/2 C half and half


  • In a large pan saute the onions in butter until tender.
  • Add in tomatoes, salt, pepper, baking soda, chicken broth and thyme.
  • Bring to a boil
  • Then turn heat down to simmer for about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Allow mixture to cool
  • Put into a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  • You can strain out any solid pieces but I didn't.
  • Return to saucepan or refrigerate.
  • Right before serving bring to a simmer and half and half.
  • Do not allow to boil after adding half and half.




  1. 1

    I love tomato soup and this looks amazing!! So rich and filled with good tomato flavor. YUM! Bookmarking this for future lunches, yay :)
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    Heather says:

    Cold weather wouldn’t be the same if I couldn’t have a bowl of tomato soup with some grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m going to make this in the next few days since it’s supposed to storm this weekend, thank you for sharing the recipe.
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    Sue says:

    This looks delicious!! How many servings does it make?

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    kelly says:

    i haven’t found a good gluten free tomato soup recipe, i will definitely try this!
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    Shaunel says:

    Any idea what the baking soda does for the soup? This is a new soup ingredient for me!
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    Jana says:

    I love homemade tomato soup, but have not found one I like that uses canned tomatoes. So I can’t wait to try this one out…it looks divine!!
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  7. 7

    Oh man, does this sound good on a cold winter day!! yummo!!
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    katharine says:

    thank you so much — i just made this for dinner. it was wonderful. i’ll never have tomato soup from a can again.

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    Hannah says:

    Yum! This looks so good, and easy. I love a good tomato soup especially on a cold day! Thank you for sharing, you always have the best recipes!
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    Aunt LoLo says:

    Mmm…I pinned this to try later. Thanks!!

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    Debbie H says:

    I don’t really like Campbell’s tomato soup, but I love tomatoes. I thought this would be great, and perfect for a cold fall night. For some reason I didn’t like it much, and neither did my family. I used tomatoes from my garden that I had preserved, but they must have not been very tasty–the soup was onion heavy. I decided to add a bit of garlic to spice it up, but then it only tasted like onion-garlic soup. I personally thought the thyme had an off taste, but I didn’t let on to my family. My daughter pointed it out independently, though! I think I’ll try your other recipe next time!

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    Tessa says:

    That is so much easier than I would have thought! yummy
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    karen says:

    This was yummy Leigh Ann – thanks for the delicious recipe. It is a keeper!

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