Roasted Tomato Soup

4.97 from 28 votes

This Roasted Tomato Soup is made with simple pantry items along with juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil, then blended into a creamy flavorful homemade soup

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Hands down the best homemade tomato soup I’ve ever had was from Ina Garten. So this Roasted Tomato Soup recipe is a loose adaptation of hers. It’s simple to make, uses basic pantry ingredients and is loaded in flavor from the juicy ripe tomatoes and basil!

Final plated roasted tomato soup topped with fresh basil

How to make tomato soup

Roast the tomatoes

The first step for the roasted tomato soup is to roast the tomatoes. You want to look for Roma or plum tomatoes, which are the oblong shaped tomatoes, and find the most ripe ones you can get. Then slice them in half, drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over them and roast.

If you’d like to toss in some garlic in the pan, then you have good taste, my friend! I love that idea! This process is very similar to my Crostini with Roasted Tomatoes, so you can double up on tomatoes here or sneak one on top of a crostini 😉

Process shots of the sliced tomatoes before an after roasting

Cook the soup base

While the tomatoes are in the oven, you can get started on cooking the soup base to make this homemade tomato soup. You’ll need olive oil, chopped onions, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the mixture becomes soft and fragrant.

Process shots showing onions getting fried

Next, add the whole canned tomatoes (and make sure to include their yummy juices!) and cover that with vegetable broth. Then you’re going to turn off the heat (or you can leave it on simmer) and wait until the roasted tomatoes are finished.

Process shots of a pot showing the canned tomatoes and broth getting added

Combine everything together

Now that the tomatoes are done roasting, you can add the fresh basil and any other herbs you’re using (hello fresh garden rosemary!) along with the juicy roasted tomatoes. Bring everything to a boil and simmer the roasted tomato soup for 40 minutes uncovered.

Process shots showing the basil getting then, then the roasted tomatoes

After it’s simmered, it’s time to blend the roasted tomato soup. I use an immersion blender and do it right in the pot. You can also transfer the soup to a blender in batches to blend that way as well.

Process shots of the pot of soup before and after blending

Without even using any cream, you’ll notice the soup will transform to a velvety smooth consistency with a rich and flavorful aroma. It’s homemade tomato soup time!

Final pot of the blended roasted tomato soup

Tips for making homemade tomato soup

  • Use the ripest and reddest tomatoes you can find. The tomatoes are the star of the recipe, so pick them carefully to deliver the best flavor!
  • Roast the garlic with the tomatoes for a deeper flavor. You can do this instead of cooking them in the pot with the onions and olive oil.
  • Be flexible with the fresh herbs. Basil goes the best with roasted tomato soup, but really any herbs will work here: try rosemary, thyme, oregano, cilantro, dill or a combination.
  • Remedy bitter tasting tomatoes by adding sugar or cream. If you have ripe tomatoes, you shouldn’t have this problem. But if you find that the soup tastes bitter, you can add unsweetened coconut milk, sour cream (for non vegan option) or just a teaspoon of sugar.
two bowls of tomato soup

Frequently asked questions

What are the best tomatoes for soup?

Any kind of tomatoes will work. But since we’re roasting the tomatoes and blending them, I would recommend looking for the ripest reddest ones you can find. That will yield the sweetest flavor for the roasted tomato soup.

Should I peel the tomatoes?

This might come down to preference, but there’s no need to peel the tomatoes. You will blend the roasted tomatoes with the liquid so the presence of the tomato peel doesn’t affect the end results.

What to eat with tomato soup?

A Grilled Cheese Sandwich is my favorite thing to eat with a warm bowl of homemade tomato soup! Here are some other great ideas that go well with this soup:

For more soup recipes:

This roasted tomato soup is seriously one of the easiest soups you can make that’s so full of flavor – the best way to use those garden tomatoes and herbs you may have from the end of summer. It’s a healthy, silky smooth homemade tomato soup that definitely tastes better than the canned version.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

This Roasted Tomato Soup is made with simple pantry items along with juicy ripe tomatoes and fresh basil, then blended into a creamy flavorful homemade soup
5 from 28 votes
Servings 6 servings
Course Soup
Calories 154
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds ripe plum tomatoes cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 2 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 28-ounce canned whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves packed
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 quart vegetable broth

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Toss together the tomatoes, ¼ cup olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the tomatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet and roast for 35-40 minutes.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add onions and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute. Add the canned tomatoes, basil, rosemary and vegetable broth.
  • Transfer the oven-roasted tomatoes (and their liquid) into the stockpot. Bring the mixture to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to blend the soup to a smooth consistency.

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Notes

Recipe: Inspired by the roasted tomato basil soup from the fabulous Ina Garten.
Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 5 days in the fridge and reheat really well. If you’re serving with cream, I recommend adding after your reheat the soup to avoid is cream curdling. 
Freezing Instructions: Cool the soup completely after cooking, then place in freezer safe containers or bags. You can freeze in individual portions or in larger quantities for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, just thaw in the fridge before reheating on the stovetop or in the microwave.
Equipment: I love using my Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender for blending soups. It’s quick and easy and gets me the perfect consistency, without any chunks of vegetables leftover. And it’s easier to transferring the soup in batches to a blender.
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • You can skip the canned tomatoes if you prefer, but I love the combination of canned and roasted in this recipe. If you do so, you can double the roasted tomatoes and you may need to add some tomato paste to brighten the color.
  • Feel free to use dried basil if necessary. Although if you can find fresh basil, it really transforms the flavor of the recipe.
Nutritional Data: The information below is an automated estimate and could vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 1518mg, Potassium: 723mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 2647IU, Vitamin C: 41mg, Calcium: 64mg, Iron: 2mg

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Final plated roasted tomato soup topped with fresh basil

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  1. A friend brought this soup over to help my family get through a difficult week after a death in the family. It was so delicious and comforting and I can’t get enough of it! Even my 7 and 5 year olds loved it. So I asked my friend to share the recipe with me and here i am, super excited that now I can make it in the future. The roasted tomatoes add such a huge depth of flavor. I can’t wait to make this with fresh tomatoes, garlic and basil from our garden!

    1. I’m so glad you all enjoyed this recipe! I’m so sorry about your loss and am sending so much love your way!

  2. This soup is soooooo good!! It is the first time I made a tomato soup and this was very worth! Thank you so much! I added 1/4 coup of cream and the consistency was very nice 😉 definitely I will do it again.

  3. This soup was so creamy and luscious, and the recipe made enough that I could share with my parents. Taking the time to roast the tomatoes (and garlic) definitely raised the bar. Thank you!

  4. This is a really delicious recipe. Roasting the tomatoes gives it extra depth that my other tomato soups have lacked!

  5. I made this for my adult kids 2 years ago. They are still raving about it! Made it again today, as they are coming back in town, bringing their baby!. 🙂

  6. Not impressed, disappointed actually. But to be fair to the recipe, I’m use to canned tomato soup and other pre-made stuff. I’m gonna try it with a little cream. On another note, my husband loved it. He even said the house smelled amazing. And since he’s not eating dairy or red meat right now, this is going to be great frozen and saved for another time.

    1. So glad your husband enjoyed it!! Some cream would be a nice way to elevate and maybe fit your preferences better!

  7. So good! We were able to make 4 double batches of soup with Roma tomatoes from our garden this year. It freezes very well and we have been enjoying it this winter/fall.

  8. i have leftover onion soup broth. can i use it instead of the vegetable broth or will the flavor be too overpowering?

  9. This was great. The longer the time cooking the better on the second try. As a funny side note, I sent to my buddy and I’m starting to think he’s boarder line forest hump. The part that clearly says 1 28 ounce can he thought meant 128 ounces. I walked him thru adding the correct amounts to correct but now he has enough in his freezer to feed himself for 2 years.

  10. I love creamy tomato soup, but didn’t want the calories and hidden sugars that usually accompany them.  I can’t tell you how many different recipes I’ve tried before I found this one.  I followed your recipe to a t and it was fabulous!  I even froze two cups as a test, and this soup was still great defrosted & reheated.  Thank you! 

  11. Thanks so much for this recipe! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
    I actually roasted 2lbs of tomatoes with one red pepper and followed the same recipe and it turned out amazing!

    Love your website and insta posts! I also made these with the grilled cheese dippers that you have on your website. Tasted great!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe and the others you’ve tried!!

  12. such an amazing soup and will definitely make again! really great that there was no dairy but yet it was still so tasty!! thanks for the recipe

  13. Really great soup. Next time I make I’ll skin tomatoes first and I added a chilli and smoked paprika. I roasted the onion and the garlic it was delicious.

  14. I love tomato soup! Mine didn’t have much flavor, I guess Roma tomatoes aren’t the best in November flavor wise. I will add some Parmesan, cream, bay leaf, or carrots and celery next time! Tomato paste might also add flavor.

    1. Oh that’s too bad! Yeah, usually the type of tomatoes you use will really affect the flavor. Also the type of canned tomatoes you use can really help boost the flavor too. But I like your idea of add some extra items next time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  15. I saved this recipe on Pinterest, and had more tries and good feedback than to any recipe I have saved ( and I have saved hundreds!). So I decided to try it myself, will save a photo on Pinterest. Thanks!

  16. Outstanding! Great way to use up my fresh tomatoes, basil and rosemary! My tomatoes were a bit juicy so in the end I added a can of drained / rinsed cannellini beans to thicken it up and re-blended.
    Perfect and no dairy needed.
    Thx

    1. So glad you enjoyed it! And I love the idea of adding beans to it to thicken it! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂