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).

Fresh Tomato Soup in a white bowl

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


  • 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.
4.94 from 390 votes

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. It was delicious , I did take it thru a sieve to get rid of the tiny remnants of tomato skin, I prefer it that way. Loved it.

  2. I don’t know if it was me or the recipe but I added extra salt, pepper, and garlic and the soup didn’t have much flavour. The recipe didn’t call for removing the skins of the roasted tomatoes but I would do that next time because bits of the skin did not blend in and created an awful texture like pine needles in my mouth3 stars

    1. Oh my gosh, I am sorry that this soup didn’t turn out as expected, Julia. You can definitely peel the tomatoes if preferred and I would try roasting a few more cloves of garlic to boost the flavor to your liking. Hope that helps!

    1. Run the Roma tomatoes through a food mill and it will remove the skin and seeds. The rest of the recipe is pretty good!

  3. This soup is AMAZING! I have had an abundance of tomatoes in the garden this year and this recipe is a go to. I’ve added a handful of ground cherries for sweetness (not sure I needed it, but since they are there…) and it’s been wonderful. Thanks for such an easy, tasty recipe. I’m going to freeze some now for later in the fall.5 stars

    1. Roma tomatoes work great in this recipe, a mixture of Roma, cherry, and beefsteak tomatoes are also delicious. If using garden fresh tomatoes I always seem to have more beefsteak tomatoes than anything so I like to use those up!

  4. This tomato soup is delicious. I added a small amount of heavy cream. It didn’t need the optional parmesan cheese. What a great way to use up garden tomatoes.5 stars

  5. Amazing flavors Holly! No more canned tomato soup for us! This is so quick and easy, and so flavorful with the fresh tomatoes from our garden! We roasted several a few weeks ago, and skinned then into a freezer Qt bag they went. We have one thawing right now for dinner tonight. Can’t wait to be able to make this in the dead of winter with our fresh frozen tomatoes!! Another homerun Holly – thank you!!5 stars

  6. I chose this recipe because it does not require that you put it through a food mill. I have a food mill, but I wanted an easier recipe. This is a VERY good recipe, especially if you have a garden and an over-abundance of tomatoes. I doubled the recipe and will likely make it again and freeze the rest of it. Thanks!5 stars

    1. The veggies should be okay to sit in the fridge for a day or two before you prepare the soup. If freezing the prepared veggies I would let them thaw in the fridge overnight before adding them to your soup.

  7. Making tomato soup right now Can’t wait to eat it. I am wondering if two tablespoons of fresh herbs are total or each?5 stars

      1. I made this tasty soup and used an emersion blender , the soup was a little grainy, got any suggestions!4 stars

  8. I had a whack of tomatoes from my garden so thought I would make this. I probably tripled the recipe so I could freeze the soup. I was roasting the tomatoes went to stir them at the 15min mark, I guess I must have spilled a little in the bottom of the oven. Set the timer for 10 mins and left the kitchen after about 5 mins I went back into the kitchen and saw smoke coming from the vent of the oven. I turned off the oven and waited a few mins before opening. My wired in smoke detector went off. The alarm company tried calling me but we have our phone automatically forwarded to voice mail. Tried calling the alarm company to cancel the alarm when I heard the fire truck coming down our street! So embarrassing, had a chat and a laugh with the fire fighters that it was a false alarm. Went back in and finished making the soup. Had a taste before freezing and it is delicious. Just thought I’d share my adventure with you. LOL4 stars

    1. Oh my gosh, Colleen! I am so sorry that happened but also thank you for the chuckle! Glad you love the soup at least.

  9. I used fresh polish plumb and heirloom tomato’s from the CSA farm I belong to, this was hands down the easiest and most delicious tomato soup ever!5 stars

  10. My soup was the bomb. Delicious recipe, thanks Holly. This is the first time I’ve made tomato soup but following your directions made it easy as pie. Tomato pie next!5 stars

  11. This is a great recipe! I used fresh basil and thyme from my garden and a mix of different types of tomatoes from both my and my neighbour’s garden. I also used a whole shallot rather than 1/2 an onion. Delicious!