Homemade Tomato Soup is a classic soup recipe made with fresh ripe tomatoes and fresh herbs blended with a hint of cream. 

The tomatoes are roasted with a hint of garlic to bring out the natural flavor and then blended to a creamy finish. Velvety rich, jam-packed with flavor, and easy to make!!

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Homemade is Best

The best tomato soup recipe is simple and made with fresh ingredients just like this recipe.

This easy soup can be prepared in under an hour making it the perfect weeknight meal!

Any kind of tomatoes will work but of course use the ripest, reddest ones you can find as they’ll have the best (and sweetest) flavor. In a pinch you can use canned tomatoes, they won’t have the same flavor as roasted tomatoes but are still great. Use a portion of canned fire-roasted tomatoes for extra flavor.

The tomatoes are roasted along with a bit of red bell pepper. The red pepper adds a bit of sweetness to balance out the acidity of the tomatoes. Cooked carrots will also work (I add shredded carrots to marinara for sweetness too).

How Many Tomatoes in a Pound

Of course, this varies based on the variety of tomato but to give you a general idea here are the approximates. This recipe is forgiving so it is ok if there’s a little bit more or less.

1 lb of tomatoes is approximately (remember you need 3lbs for this recipe):

  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 4 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 20 cherry tomatoes

Tomatoes and garlic on a baking pan

How to Make Tomato Soup

  1. Place tomatoes and peppers on a pan with olive oil and seasonings. Roast until you see a bit of char.
  2. Bring broth to a boil and add roasted tomatoes.
  3. Blend using a hand blender until smooth & creamy.

Top with parmesan cheese or a drizzle of heavy cream if you prefer.

If Your Tomatoes Are Too Tart

This recipe calls for heavy cream which is optional.  I don’t generally add the cream, however, sometimes tomatoes can be very tart (depending on the variety) so the addition of extra cream can help smooth out the flavor.

Other additions for a tart soup include a shredded carrot cooked with the mixture, pinch of sugar, a couple of pats of butter or some coconut milk (make sure it’s unsweetened).

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We often eat tomato soup with a classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich for dipping or topped with croutons and parmesan cheese!

What to Eat with Tomato Soup:

A classic grilled cheese (or Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups) and tomato soup is definitely a favorite!

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Homemade Tomato Soup (Fresh Tomatoes)

Roasted garden fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs create the perfect simple tomato soup.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
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  • 3 pounds fresh ripe tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled
  • ½ onion diced
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs basil/parsley/oregano
  • fresh basil & parsley for serving
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese optional garnish
  • ½ cup heavy cream optional


  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Wash and cut tomatoes (cut in half for smaller apricot sized tomatoes, cut larger tomatoes into quarters or eighths).
  • Place tomatoes, garlic, onion, bell pepper, olive oil, salt, pepper and dried herbs on a large pan.
  • Roast 25 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes. Turn oven to broil and broil 3-4 minutes or until some of the tomatoes get a little bit of char color on them.
  • Bring chicken broth to a boil, add tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Using a hand blender, blend mixture until smooth and creamy. Add heavy cream if using.
  • Top with parmesan cheese, croutons or a drizzle of heavy cream.



I generally add some cream if the tomatoes are extra tart, most often nice ripe tomatoes won't require the cream.  Taste the soup once blended and decide if you'd like to add the cream.  Stir in a little at a time.
Nutrition information does not include cream or toppings.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 137 | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 678mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2230IU | Vitamin C: 50.9mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
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  1. I’m sorry but this was the most watered down tomato soup I’ve ever had. I had to add three cups of marinara and re-emulsify the soup just to get the taste of tomato in it.1 star

    1. Oh no! Sorry to hear that Nikki. I have made this many times and never had this issue. Were your tomatoes very ripe? Since this recipe is largely just tomatoes it’s important to use ripe tomatoes as that is where all the flavor comes from. I hope this helps!

  2. it’s only 90 degrees today in Iowa. saw this recipe and had to try it with some tomatoes I had that were about to go bad. OMG…this is fabulous! will be making it often.5 stars

  3. my first try at tomato soup and i must say it is super delicious !!!

    i now consider myself an expert tomato soup maker!! i can’t wait to make it for my friends.
    oh, i had no fresh herbs named in the recipe, only dried ones. however, i had fresh cilantro (coriander) so i used some. i believe it worked perfectly.

  4. What a delicious soup! I love the addition on red peppers and onions. I added half and half as that’s what I had and it turned out well. I used Roma tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. just made this, turned out excellent, bold flavors, healthy to eat, I feel like I could order this at a high end restaurant. and I made it myself! thank you, your so smart 5 stars

  6. YUM! This has such a good flavour, and is thick and creamy- nothing at all like store bought versions! On top of that it was so quick and easy. I can’t wait until I can make this with garden fresh produce next year, it’s the perfect recipe to highlight some homegrown tomatoes!5 stars

  7. I did have to put the soup thru a strainer as my immersion blender didn’t catch all the tomato skin. Delicious recipe!5 stars

  8. WOW! This was outstanding! SO delicious!! My husband doesn’t like fresh tomatoes, but really enjoys a good tomato soup. He had a bowl of homemade tomato soup at a restaurant 4 days ago; they also sell their delicious soup. Well, I was determined to make our own, and make it better – this recipe accomplished it all, and beyond! My husband said he’d eat fresh tomatoes made like this anytime, especially so flavorful and very satisfying! We used the 1/2 cup heavy cream, including some drizzled for garnish; and fresh Parmesan for garnish; also pink salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. We followed this well instructed recipe thoroughly. We just didn’t have the fresh herbs on hand; just used more of our dried herbs (including our dried homegrown Basil) as called for in the chicken broth (we used Costco’s organic chicken stock, but have made our own chicken broth before). Many thanks for this very delicious and intuitive recipe made with fresh tomatoes! We’re so pleased with the very tasty result! I’ll even make homemade Shepherd’s pie later, using our homemade tomato soup leftovers! 5 stars

  9. Very, very good tomato soup! AND, used up some of the extra tomatoes from the garden….win…win! It may be my new favorite tomato soup!! I believe that the chicken broth tames the acidity of the tomatoes. I didn’t use the cream, but I did use a dollop of Herbed Cream Cheese.5 stars

  10. I made this exactly as written with fresh beefsteak and Roma tomatoes from our garden. It turned out perfectly! I’ll be making it again, for certain. Thank you.5 stars

  11. Delicious!! I used a little leftover canned tomatoes, half a red onion and some green onions that were getting wilty, didn’t have the fresh herbs so doubled up on dried and plenty of salt – SO yummy!!5 stars

  12. I didnt add any cream but I did add a teaspoon of sugar to balance the acid and was delicious! just sprinkled some parmesan on top5 stars

  13. Easy and delicious. I added an extra garlic glove and omitted the fresh herbs because I didn’t have any on hand. Used my high speed blender as I did not have an immersion blender.5 stars

  14. I want to update my last comment in the upper portion of the recipe it did not list the broth but then as I scrolled down below all the other recipe ideas I did find the full recipe and looking forward to making it