Quick Creamy Tomato Soup

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 (15-ounce) containers, chicken or vegetable stock/broth (preferred brand: Kitchen Basics)
  • 1 (28-ounce) can concentrated crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Coarse salt and black pepper
  • 20 leaves fresh basil, cut into chiffonade, for garnish
  • Soup toppers, for garnish, recipe follows
  • Soup Toppers:
  • 4 slices crusty bread, 4 inches across, 1/4-inch thick-slice artisan breads at counter in market
  • 2 cloves cracked fresh garlic, optional
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 pound shredded cheese to compliment your soup: provolone, Asiago, cheddar, Gruyere, Swiss, etc.
Directions

Combine broth and tomatoes in a medium saucepan over moderate heat. When soup bubbles, stir in heavy cream and reduce heat to low. Season with a little salt and pepper and simmer gently 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. With an immersion blender, puree soup. Serve bowls of soup with basil chiffonade and floating soup toppers.

Soup Toppers:

Toast bread slices in your toaster until golden. Rub the toasted bread rounds with crushed garlic, if using. Arrange bread on cookie or baking sheet. Drizzle each slice with extra-virgin oil and top with a grind of black pepper and a layer of shredded cheese. Place under hot broiler to melt cheese until toppers are golden brown in color.

Yield: 4 servings Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 1 minute


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I pureed carrots and added them to thicken the soup. Also, I didn't use heavy cream, instead a little cream cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a pretty good base, but it's not enough. I made it as the recipe directed, tasted it, and realized it was much too acidic and not creamy enough. After using the food processor, I used the pot that I made it in, melted a little butter, sautéed garlic and onion, added parmesan cheese, milk, and red pepper flakes, and granulated sugar. Then I added a couple tablespoons of the actual soup that I had made mixed with a little flour, thickened the mixture, and re-added the rest of the soup, bringing it to a boil once more and letting it simmer for an additional 5 minutes. It turned out great this way! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How did this get five stars when the reviews were so bad? Fix your review part of this web site, please, or it will have no credibility with us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not good, at all:( item not reviewed by moderator and published
Waaay too acidic for my tastes. Needs some sort of sweetener. I ended up putting brown sugar in at the very end and re-blending; only helped a little. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasy? i say MEATBALL SUBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very nervous about making this since it was a last minute addition to a dinner party I was hosting, but it was fantastic. I used fresh tomatoes instead and sauteed them with olive oil for a while before adding them to the stock. I also added mozzarella to everyone's bowl of soup just before serving. Thanks Rachel :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this soup a couple of nights ago. My picky family loved it. I used vegetable stock, added a can of fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, onions,a little more heavy cream and put the fresh Basil in the soup. It was fabulous... and even better the next day. We served it with Grilled cheese sandwiches. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great base recipe but I found that it needed more flavor so I sauteed onions and garlic before adding the tomatoes. My kids loved this soup with parmesan cheese as we did not do the soup topper. I put pepper flakes on my own soup, as kids don't like the extra spice. A keeper recipe and will make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The name says it all, this soup is so easy to make and creamy. It turned out great! It is very basic, so it's easy to customize. I added some chopped onion and garlic. I also added a pinch of red pepper flakes and a little granulated sugar to cut down on the bitterness of the tomatoes. Rather than garnish with the basil, I put some in the soup while it cooked, then the rest in right before I blended it. I also used fat free half and half in place of the heavy cream to cut out some of the calories, and it still turned out thick and creamy once it was blended up. This recipe is definitely a keeper for me because even my husband and kids liked it. I topped it with shredded smoked gouda and served it with veggie panini's; it made a great meal for our meatless night. I think I'm going to make another batch once the leftovers are gone just to freeze so I have it ready to go for another day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed something quick and easy...this was it! I followed the soup much as suggested, except I used my home-canned tomatoes. I added a little garlic pepper, and had to substitute milk, butter, and flour for the heavy cream which I didn't have on hand. Garnished with fresh grated cheddar cheese and fresh basil. Served with a simple salad and slices of warm, multi grain bread. Wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm pretty picky about tomato soup. I have a recipe that I make every year with fresh tomatoes from the garden when in season. But tonight I didn't want to cook anything and didnt have much to choose from. Decided to make this recipe and I was pleasantly surprised! I followed the recipe pretty exactly. The only changes I did was two cloves of garlic in a little olive oil cooked for one minute before adding tomatoes and broth. I blended most of the basil in the soup and reserved a little for garnish. Oh, a little secret I learned a long time ago is to add a little sugar to tomatoes. I used 1/2 a teaspoon in this recipe and it was perfect. Be sure to salt and pepper to taste at the end. This was very good would make again if tomatoes are not in season. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As written it's very bland so here's what I did based on other reviews & my own ideas. And I had a lot of people to feed so I doubled the above ingredients. Sautee'd 1/2 large onion diced small w/ 3 cloves chopped garlic in 3T butter. When softened deglazed pan w/ 2T of brandy. Added the stock & tomatoes. I used Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes. Add 1 sm can of tomato paste. Bring to boil & then simmer 20 min. Add cream (I did use half & half & palmful of fresh chopped basil. Bring back to simmer - 10 min & then puree till smooth w/ immersion blender. Add kosher salt & fresh black pepper to taste. If you can let it sit for a half hour or so the flavors come together better. I had sour cream, fresh shaved parm & more fresh basil for toppers. Served w/ grilled cheese made w/ german rye bread, filled w/ marbled cheddar, provolone, & american. Everyone thought the soup was fabulous. So again, I agree with others, recipe as written is a good basic start but play it up to make it your own. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This basic recipe can be worked into wonderful. It really depends on your taste. If you add some salt to sour cream then put a spoon full in the middle of the bowl of soup then some basil, a few crumbled up croutons and well I added some heat and then some grated parmesan to finish. Thats my taste and it was so good. Thanks Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe...so basic and so quick...my only changes are a can of diced tomatoes in addition to the crushed,Chopped fresh basil added with the cream (and prior to blending, 2 tablespoons of butter (just before blend and I add salt and pepper throughout as the favors develop...with a gruyere and sharp cheddar grilled cheese on sourdough...a huge chunk of family paradise! Thanks Rachel...delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome for a quick but tasty tomato soup. My husband said it's better than Panera Bread's and the best one i've made! I added a cup of V8 for some extra flavor and lessened the cream by a 1/4 cup. I could not find "concentrated" crushed tomatoes at my grocery store so I just got the can that said crushed tomatoes and it seemed to work fine? Served it with toasted artisan bread slices that I topped with some basil pesto, grated parmesan and shredded mozzerella cheese.. YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
EXCELLENT!!! I added some garlic and a little more cream and peppered the heck out of this. It goes PERFECT with grilled cheese sandwiches!! What a tasty winter time meal!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree... I added a can of tomato paste to deepen the tomato flavor. Delicious and simple. I would add croutons. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, but I used Italian Sauce instead of crushed tomatoes, and I think that made a difference, because it had just enough flavor. I love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good soup. I like adding some onions, garlic and red pepper to mine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a quick and easy recipe when you need something right now and without a lot of fancy ingredients. I added some tomato paste to deepen the tomato flavor. Because it is such a simple recipe, quality of tomatoes and ingredients is key. A great recipe to keep on hand to go along with a last minute grilled cheese sandwich! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decent, but I didn't love it. I even added an onion and 2 cloves of garlic. Seemed like it was missing a richness, or more depth of flavor. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OK, I made this recipe exactly as it was written. The soup was pretty good but was very basic. Maybe next time I'll use a better quality can of tomatoes? That might make a difference. I just used what I had on hand. I did like that this is a more all-natural soup than canned. The little toasts were outstanding and really made the dish. I do plan on making this again, though. It was stupid simple and pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a quick easy soup for a cool fall day and this fit the bill. completely easy to make and really good, for what it is. if you are looking for a restaurant quality tomato bisque, this isn't it, but if you want a quick, easy and delicious tomato soup, you can't go wrong. (note: i added a few grinds of Trader Joes Everyday Seasoning and about 1/4 tsp of their 21 Season Salute item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup took less than a minute of work on my part. I used vegetable broth (my store did not have stock) and instead of crushed tomatoes I used tomato puree since I do not have an immersion blender. I also used half and half instead of heavy cream. Once everything was in the pot, I let it simmer for about 20 minutes. I served it with grilled cheese sandwiches and it was perfect! Thank you Rachael for a great rainy day meal that is easy, tastes great, and is cheap to make!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought it was too acidic and not tasty at all! I would never make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
i love this soup and and its so easy that im making this soup for my sons bday party item not reviewed by moderator and published
My kids love tomato soup. The icky canned stuff that has MSG in it. I just can't bring myself to make it for them anymore, so I began my search for a basic tomato soup recipe that they would eat. They don't want pureed carrots or onions in it and don't want to expand their taste bud horizons with chunks and new flavors. THIS soup is the perfect 'kid friendly' answer - for my kids. Some kids will experiment, but mine just won't with some things. Thanks for a great and easy tomato soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is excellent!!!! I think you need to use San Marzano they have more flavor than a regular tomato.Next time I am going to try to use skim milk and add tomato paste just to try to cut back on calories....I'll let you know item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this three times now - my family keeps asking for it! I do not make the soup toppers but I add some cheese tortellini (simmer them right in the soup) to make it a complete meal. I also find that (depending on the brand), if the crushed tomatoes are smooth enough you don't even need to use the immersion blender. That does make it nice and smooth and thick -- but no worries if you don't have one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I changed the recipe just a bit and it was fabulous AND so easy - I melted 4 tablespoons of butter, then added minced fresh garlic and onions - it was looking very watery (which I hate) but once I used the immersion blender it thickened up immediately. I agree with the other reviewers - the toast on top is a must - I used sharp provolone - delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was a hit with my family, even the picky eaters. It was so quick and easy to make. I served it up with grated cheese and garlic croutons. The immersion blender makes all the difference in the world making home made soup. I just got mine, and can't wait for winter, because I'll be making a lot of soups. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The first time I made this soup, I didn't make the soup toppers. I served the soup with a grilled cheese with bacon. It made for a delicious meal. The second time I made the soup, I made the toppers with swiss cheese. It was great! I can't really think of how to improve this recipe; it's simple, basic, and very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have an old September 2007 recipe that differs that I use all the time - found my copy. It used whole milk and diced tomatoes - I am sure this one is just as good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great easy soup that is WONDERFUL. I made a pot last night and am ready for more. Simple, delicious and perfect. Highly recommend. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this every summer when I have a bumper crop of basil. It's always a hit. I highly recommend using Muir Glen Organic Fire-Roasted Crushed Tomatoes in this recipe. They give such a depth of flavor, it's wonderful. Otherwise, I follow the recipe as indicated, except I stir the basil into the soup before I turn the heat off, and then sprinkle a little more on top when serving, along with some finely grated Parmagiano Reggiano. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was wonderful but I did make some changes. Instead of the cream I added 1 cup of fat free half and half (for the calories I would rather have a burger) and 1/4 package of fat free cream cheese. Also, I added some garlic powder, chopped fresh garlic, and dried basil. SO YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm especially fond of this recipe because it's about as quick and easy as making soup gets. And, as a full-time student, ease of preparation is probably as crucial as taste. I like to make it a little special by letting the fat render out of some diced chorizo and then cooking a clove or two of grated garlic in the bottom of the pot before adding the broth and tomatoes. After pureeing the soup, you can add some frozen corn or a can of rinsed black beans. And using pepper jack on the toppers really rounds out the southwestern theme! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have never, ever liked tomato soup. THIS SOUP ROCKS. Easy. Quick. Comes out perfect every time! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the best. - item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also add 1 cup or so of white wine after the tomato and cream is combined and warm along with garlic granules to taste and 2 TBSP of Butter Made it last night for company and once again got incredible raves! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great recipe. It was easy and everyone loved the taste. I will make this again. The leftovers were even better. Thanks Rachel for another great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was extremely easy to make and it was better than any canned soup. I will make it again. I made it for my Father and he enjoyed it as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
simple and delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
super quick and easy. Great weeknight meal as I usually have the ingredients on hand. Can't mess this one up item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved it including the 2 year old. I pureed the basil in the soup which was great!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup is wonderful on a cold day. I boiled some orzo and added it in to add a little more substance. Turned out fabulous. My boyfriend loves it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The easiest soup I've ever made. I don't know what 'concentrated' tomatoes are, so I used regular crushed. I also added a little butter for extra richness. Don't skip the toppers - they made the soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my God! One of my favortie soups they sell at my local grocery store is Tomato, Basil, Gorgonzola soup and it sells for about $6/pint. I love it so much but thought it was too pricey so I looked for a recipe I can make at home. I can honestly say that this recipe is so incredibly easy and was so much better than the grocery market soup I have come to crave. I can't wait to go home and eat the leftovers. I didn't garnish the soup with the basil, I put it in and cooked the soup with it and next time I am going to add some gorgonzola and see how it comes out. Wow, I will make this one again and again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It is hard to believe that something this simple can be so good....and no preservatives just good comforting ingredients. It was a huge hit with my family, even my very fussy daughter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
you have the best tasteing food and it is so simple and easy to do when you got small kids who want let you leave their sight.. thanks for understanding item not reviewed by moderator and published
this soup was pretty good. My husband liked it a lot. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a bay leaf during the initial cooking phase-otherwise I followed the recipe perfectly. It was a very tasty soup and I will definately be making it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Certainly doesn't taste like a tomato soup out of the can! I added 1 celery stalk, 1 large carrot and 2 cloves of garlic. It was still a bit tangy or acidic. Next time I will experiment to reduce that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
saw Rachael make this one of her shows. couldnt remember how she made it,finally got internet and found recipe.think rachael is the greatest. have all her cook books.way to go, rachael! 73 yr. old granny, who has really learned to since meeting this lovely young lady on tv.Granny Mary,Phoenix,Az. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One day my 10 y/o was sick and was craving tomato soup, disgusted with all the MSG in the canned soups I hit foodnetwork.com for a good recipe. This is one of my very favorite recipes ever! I have cooked it for potlucks and have people who never have liked tomato soup ask for the recipe. The best part is it takes only 10 minutes to make, is so inexpensive and very nutritious when you think you can add organic ingredients, make a bath and have money to spare. It is wonderful! Full, flavorful, comforting! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first attempt at tomato soup...and it turned out wonderfully! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this soup--even my picky kids! I've made it twice, once w/crushed tomatoes as called for and once with diced (all I had). Either way is good. I added 2 small/1 large, thinly sliced garlic clove that I sauteed in 1 tsp. olive oil to the pot prior to blending which gave it a delicious, roasted garlic flavor. Also, I did 1/2 half and half and 1/2 skim milk to cut the calories (although I'm sure the full cream version is fabulous). This is a great basic to keep on hand! item not reviewed by moderator and published
quick, easy and my husbands favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was extremely easy to prepare. I had never made tomato soup before, but I didn't have any mishaps following this recipe. It was creamy, flavorful, and an excellent compliment to a grilled cheese sandwich. I'll be keeping this one in my recipe box! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely the best tomato soup ever. As good as La Madeleine French Bakery's. So easy to make, quick too! My husband said: Hon: no more soups in cans! Thanks, Darling Rachel. We love you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
if you like tomato soup try this one. if you like your soup with a sweeter taste use stewed tomatos instead of crushed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such an easy recipe, even for someone like me who has never cooked. Everyone loved it. Clean up is a breeze and it took hardly any time to fix. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was awesome!! I didn't even have to use the immersion blender as it was creamy enough. I added some thawed and drained frozen spinach and some tortelli- great touch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The best tomato soup ever. I served it to company and they loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was so easy and it was good item not reviewed by moderator and published
best creamy tomatoe soup I've made, and it only took 15 mins! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was fast and has a great fresh taste. a winner!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought this recipe was great but something was missing in mine. I don't know exactly what, maybe a little more salt or something. What's so wonderful about the recipe, however, is that it is very in expensive and easy to make. I served mine with a basil pesto turkey panini sandwich. Oh, by the way, be careful if you used a regular blender to puree the soup. I filled my blender half way with soup and even held the top down and the pressure still caused my soup to splatter everywhere. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this soup with tomato puree for a smoother consistency and it was fabulous. Also threw in some oregano, salt & pepper, then served it with shredded cheese. The next day I added some macaroni for a hearty lunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Any suggestions for a substitution or a different kind of tomatoes? I don't like my soup to be chunky-any suggestions on how to make this soup more creamy or smooth? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a beginner cook and this was so simple and very tasty! I decided to take the recipe as a guide line and used pureed tomatoes instead of the called for crushed/condensed. I also had to use half and half insead of heavy cream, because Rachael said it could be substituted on her show. I ended up using double the called for cream as half and half because I loved creamy soups. To jazz it up I added salt, pepper and (shhhh!) some garlic salt. I was so proud of myself for making such and Awesome soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'd love to make this soup but I can't seem to find concentrated crushed tomatoes. I find crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, puree, and paste but no concentrated crushed. Can I use something else? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick and very delicious... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful soup. item not reviewed by moderator and published
not bad item not reviewed by moderator and published
This soup was absolutely deliscious! It had so much flavor I was shocked. The only flaw was I wish the soup had been a little thicker. Next time I might add a little bit more heavy cream. Other than that the soup was good and low carb! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is quick and easy and if you just let it keep cooking then it just gets better. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i made it and im only 11 ( my mom helped a little) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy-raves to Racheal! The best thing about this recipe is that was how easy it was to prepare and tasted delicious! Goes well with almost anything! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Rachel rarely leads me wrong and this was another keeper! The first time I made it, I thought it was a tiny bit salty, so I used reduced sodium broth the second time and it was fabulous! Definitely, definitely try this one if you like tomato soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this soup! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fantastic. My husband and I really liked it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love!!!! watching 30 minute meals she is so awesome. I absolute enjoyed everything about the flavor of this soup. If you love tomato soup this is a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was really simple to get ready. There is much flavor. I would make it the day before, the flavors really came out then. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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yummy...... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will try this, great idea. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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