Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Creamy, rich and bursting with brightness, this garden fresh tomato soup recipe is the ultimate sidekick to a grilled cheese sandwich.

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup
Garden Fresh Tomato Soup

Garden Fresh Tomato Soup


1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp butter

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tbsp flour

4 cups fresh tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 pounds)

1 ½ cups vegetable broth

1 tsp sugar

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon dried basil

¾ tsp salt

⅛ tsp pepper


Warm the oil and butter in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Add onion and garlic

And cook until soft but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes.  Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.

Add tomatoes, vegetable broth, sugar, bay leaves, basil, salt and pepper.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming off and discarding any foam from the surface.  Remove bay leaves.

Puree in batches using blender or food processor until smooth and return to pot to keep warm.  Add additional sugar or salt before serving, if desired.


4 servings, 110 calories per serving

Put serving-sized leftover portions in a freezer bag or container and store them in the freezer for future use.

Hack:  If you have leftover tomatoes that are becoming over-ripe, simply puree them in the blender and freeze the fresh puree in sealed freezer bags or containers to use in recipes at a later date.  No need to core, peel or seed ‘em…just toss ‘em right in.  Run the puree through a mesh colander if you want to remove the seeds.

Hack:  For more ways to deal with an overabundance of fresh tomatoes during the growing season, click here for advice for saving them for later use!

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10 Replies to “Garden Fresh Tomato Soup”

  1. I absolutely love homemade tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. That to me is the best comfort food you can have. Thank you for posting this I can not wait to try this recipe. My mouth is water just thinking about it. I was wondering if you get a better taste with fresh basil? Once again thank you for this recipe.

    1. Yes, I’m sure fresh basil would be a fine addition to this recipe!  As a general rule of thumb, you would increase the fresh herb measurement threefold, so in this case you would use 1 tablespoon fresh basil instead of 1 teaspoon of dried.  You could certainly increase that if you wanted a stronger basil flavor.  Please let me know how much you decided to add and how it turned out!

  2. Hello there,

    This is a very informative article, as it will be very helpful for any person looking to learn how to make a homemade garden fresh tomato soup. I love tomato soup and I never got to make my own until I got my hand on your recipe. I have tried it and came out excellent. So I would like to thank you very much for sharing.

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!  Tomato soup and grilled cheese is a classic comfort food for my family so this is one recipe I use a lot.  It’slovely on a cold winter day.

  3. Well, I don’t know if that was fate or just coincidence, but I was just wondering what to cook for my dinner tonight. Then I saw this recipe. So that’s my mind made up on that one. Now to pop down to the shop and get the ingredients. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Hello Cynthia, I like your garden fresh tomato soup recipe with basil and bay leaves. Tomato soup is one of our favourites too, especially when it`s cold. We like to eat it with noodles. Tomato soup tastes best when they are ripe and in season. Sometimes I add celery leaves, green peppers and onions during cooking, then I make a puree with a blender.

    1. I’ve never tried it cold but I imagine it would be delicious with celery leaves added. I’m definitely going to try it.  Thanks for the idea!

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