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Creamy Tomato Soup

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Course: Soup
Keyword: tomato soup
Servings: 6 people


  • soup pot or Dutch oven


  • 70 ounces fresh tomatoes quartered and roasted (see method below). You can also use 56 oz canned tomatoes.
  • 4 sprigs oregano, fresh *see note*
  • 4 sprigs thyme, fresh *see note*
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, medium sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1-4 tbsp sugar the amount will vary on the acidity of the tomatoes
  • ΒΌ tsp baking soda this will help tame the acidity in the tomatoes
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream


The Herb Bouquet

  • Tie together oregano and thyme sprigs with kitchen twine. Set aside.

Pre-Roasting Tomatoes

  • Preheat oven to 450 F. Core and quarter tomatoes. Spread on sheet pan. Roast 40 minutes to an hour. Set aside.

Making the Soup

  • Melt the butter in a Dutch oven or soup pot. Once butter is hot, add onion. Saute over medium heat 8-10 minutes. Add salt and garlic. Saute 1-2 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, chicken stock, 1 tbsp sugar, baking soda, and herb bouquet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cook 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. If time, cook longer to reduce acidity and get a sweeter soup, up to 2 hours.
  • Remove herb bouquet. Transfer soup to blender and puree, working in batches if needed. Return pureed soup to pot and bring to boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Taste and add more salt and sugar if desired. Let simmer until soup is at desired consistency, 10-20 minutes more. Remove from heat. Add cream and a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.
  • Serve with fresh, crusty bread or crunchy croutons.


If you prefer a more herbaceous soup, top with some chopped basil or parsley. 
*Note: Often when you're using fresh herbs in a soup, the instructions will have you tie them together with butchers' twine to create an herb bouquet. The bouquet makes it easy to take out the herbs when the soup is done cooking or when it needs to be pureed. The blog post has a picture of our herb bouquet for this soup.