How to Make Homemade Tomato Soup

By Kristen Callihan | Last Updated: April 4, 2017

Tomato soup in a black bowl on grey stone background. Top view. Copy space
Tomato soup in a black bowl on grey stone background. Top view. Copy space

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There’s nothing better on a cold or rainy day than a tasty bowl of hot homemade tomato soup.  Paired up with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich or a handful of homemade croutons, this childhood favorite is perfect for either lunch or dinner.

First you’ll need to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. For the simplest recipes, you’ll need chopped fresh onions (1-3, depending upon your taste and the size of your batch) and garlic (about 6 cloves for an average-sized batch), various amounts of vegetable broth and water (between 2 cups and 2 quarts – see recipe examples below to help you decide), fresh and/or canned tomatoes (3 – 6 ripe, chopped tomatoes and/or 28 oz – 70 oz canned) and about a tablespoon of olive oil for starters. Additional veggies, herbs or spices can be added to taste with some recipes using everything from coconut, salt, pepper and chickpeas to sugar, red peppers, turmeric, coriander and lemon.

After you decide on your spices for your homemade tomato soup, you’ll want to heat your chopped onion and minced garlic in a drizzle of olive oil until soft and translucent. Then add your broth and tomatoes to cook together over medium heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally.

Here are a few guides to skim over to help you decide how you’d like to prepare your own homemade tomato soup:

Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

This one incorporates fresh vine-grown tomatoes with roasted red peppers for another classic flavor blend.

Get the recipe here: Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Zucchini Lentil Soup

spicy tomato zucchini lentil soup

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This variation tosses in prepared lentils, grated zucchini and a little extra spice for some originality and kick.

Get the recipe here: Spicy Tomato Zucchini Lentil Soup

Spiced Tomato Soup

spiced tomato soup

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Indian spices make this soup unique. This healthy medley uses turmeric, cayenne and black pepper to get the blood pumping!

Get the recipe here: Indian Spiced Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup with Zucchini, Farro & White Beans

tomato soup with zucchini farro and white beans

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White cannellini beans and farro make this a heartier version for the hungrier soup-lovers among us.

Get the recipe here: Tomato Soup with Zucchini, Farro & White Beans

Tomato Chickpea Soup with Tiny Pasta and Fresh Herbs

tomato chickpea soup with tiny pasta and fresh herbs

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You’ll need a can of chickpeas, your favorite tiny pastas or grains, sun-dried tomatoes and a shot of Mrs. Dash (or similar) for this combo.

Get the recipe here: Tomato Chickpea Soup with Tiny Pasta and Fresh Herbs

Tomato, Lentil and Barley Soup

tomato lentil barley soup

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Lentils and barley alongside shredded cabbage, fresh parsley and paprika comprise this rich mixture.

Get the recipe here: Tomato, Lentil and Barley Soup

Gazpacho Anyone?

If you prefer cold homemade tomato soup, especially during the summer months, we found some alternatives for you to try as well. Check these mouth-watering amalgamations:

Cold Tomato-Mango Coconut Soup

cold tomato mango coconut soup

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Thai flavorings and an easy peasy *no cooking* requirement gives this compound its appeal. Just mix all the ingredients together and chill for 2 hours.

Get the recipe here: Cold Tomato-Mango Coconut Soup

Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup With White Beans

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Juicy, fresh tomatoes, large white beans and a squeeze of fresh lemon give this cool concoction its charm.

Get the recipe here: Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup

Cold Fresh Tomato Soup

cold fresh tomato soup

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Tasty and simple. Fresh basil, dill and scallions make this medley snappy and refreshing.

Get the recipe here: Cold Fresh Tomato Soup

About Kristen Callihan

Kristen writes for several websites providing content related to education, the environment, vegetarianism, sociology, culture, psychology and more. You can reach her at: http://lakesedge.wix.com/lakesidewriting

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