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Simple Tomato Soup

I created this recipe on a bad weather day. My husband, Mic, and my daughter, Liz, ask for this soup constantly. Whenever I send it with my daughter for lunch at school, I always send some for her friend, too. It is pure comfort food. —Lanaee O'Neill, Chico, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with basil, oregano and garlic, undrained
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 carton (48 ounces) chicken broth
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Place tomatoes with juices in a blender; cover and process until pureed. In a large saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in flour until smooth. Cook for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in broth. Add pureed tomatoes; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes to allow flavors to blend. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without cheese): 120 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 1270mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Rosemarie
    Dec 28, 2020

    Bland and flavorless

  • snker0521
    Sep 24, 2020

    I will make this again because we did like it but I will be making a slight change. For a 1/4 cup of butter, 6 tablespoons of flour is too much. I did try it as written and it did not work out well. I will cut it back to 4 tablespoons. Soup is not expected to be very thick anyway. We did like the flavor with the grilled cheese that we had.

  • MaryLou
    Dec 15, 2019

    I have never been a tomato soup fan but my elderly aunt, for whom I cook, loves a good tomato soup. Almost all canned soups have too much sodium for her---and me. The sodium content shown for this recipe would be way too high but I used unsalted butter and lower sodium tomatoes and broth so that she could eat it. I actually liked it and would make it again.

  • JGa2595176
    Jun 21, 2019

    This was on my to-try list for a long time and we are glad we tried it. The canned tomatoes with added spices are glorious! The red onion and garlic sure makes it zippy. Was a great variety of this favorite soup.

  • Anne
    Nov 27, 2018

    Excellent soup. I thought it was going to be too thin, but it thickened as it cooked. As others suggested, you can add herbs and spices to suit your personal taste.

  • angela32
    Nov 13, 2018

    This soup was very good. I didn't have two cans of italian tomatoes so I used one can of rotel. It gave the soup a nice zip, but was thicker because the rotel is smaller in size, so I added a little milk to thin it out and it was delicious!

  • Twodisneyfans
    Mar 5, 2018

    I'm not a big tomato soup fan, but made this to go with homemade Italian Herb bread/grilled cheese sandwiches - great for dunking - and the soup was tasty too! Kids loved it; I thought it was really good. (Changes - I made a half batch, used water/bouillon granules and used yellow onion vs. red.)

  • Troy
    Feb 1, 2018

    easy enough and very good

  • itsknotsew
    Jan 4, 2018

    I didn't care for this at all. Guess it's just not my kind of tomato soup.

  • Psalm127-3
    Dec 30, 2017

    I'll FOR SURE do this recipe. really love Tyler Florences' roasted tomato soup recipe-think found on foodnetwork website-love a great heartwarming tomato soup with oooey goooey grilled cheesey sandwich-I'll report results when I unbox my new crockpot-wanna smell it cooking away all day plus think it adds richer flavor-home made seasoned croutons will top it