Cream of tomato soup

(162 ratings)
Cream of tomato soup
Cream of tomato soup
  • Serves: 6

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

It's not only Heinz who make a delicious cream of tomato soup you know! This simple cream of tomato soup recipe creates a classic, fresh, warming soup that's a big favourite with goodtoknow users. Sometimes fussy eaters can be difficult to please with soup, but this soup is perfect for picky children (or adults alike!) We recommend serving it as a an easy crowd-pleasing starter or just for yourself when you're having a night in on the sofa. Serve with garnish, a good sprinkle of ground black pepper and a crusty loaf of bread.


  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 25g butter
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1tsp paprika
  • 1tbsp tomato purée
  • 1kg tomatoes, chopped
  • 2tsp sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 600ml chicken or vegetable stock
  • 142ml tub double cream
  • Basil leaves, to serve (optional)

Top tip: Make a double batch of tomato soup and freeze individual portions in freezer bags for up to 3 months. Defrost in the microwave for a quick, homemade tomato soup for lunch!


  1. Fry the onion in the butter for 10 mins until softened. Stir in the garlic and paprika and cook for 1 minute. Add the purée and continue for 2 mins more.
  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar, bay leaf and chicken or vegetable stock. Bring the soup to the boil then simmer for 20 mins.
  3. Remove the bay leaf. Blend the soup in batches in a food processor or blender until smooth. Push through a sieve to remove any skin or seeds and return the liquid to the rinsed-out pan.
  4. Stir in two-thirds of the double cream and reheat the soup gently. Once it's hot, serve your tomato soup immediately in warmed bowls with a swirl of the remaining cream and a garnish of basil leaves.
If you want to make our classic tomato soup, this is the recipe you will need.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 280(kcal)
  • Fat 22.0g
  • Saturates 14.0g
  • Sugars 3.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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Viv Critchell

Cream of Tomato Soup. I made this and it was delicious as was your Leek and Potato soup. I had one portion of tomato soup left so froze this and my 16 year old son had it last night. He was very impressed too. Thank you.

Crass Karlyle

Easy and very tasty. Add a few red chilli and it's got a lovely kick.


Can this soup be frozen?


Made this soup yesterday with 2 kg tomatoes from my greenhouse and it was superb and easily the best tomato soup recipe I have ever had! I only used half the amount of cream and after being in the liquidiser there was no skin at all so don't bother trying to sieve it. A lot easier than trying to skin dozens of tomatoes as in previous recipes. Making soup is my hobby and this has to be the easiest, quickest and tastiest yet. Will be making another batch for the freezer tomorrow! My wife says it tastes better than Heinz!


I made this soup tonite and I got to say it was delish, bit creamy though so next I make I will use less butter and less cream maybe I substitute the cream for light fromage frais who knows I do slimming world and this recipe made enough fo three bowls which was six syns a piece with using 100mls of cream and 20 grams of butter so to make it healthier and lower syns I will the lighter option very tasty though and filling !

kelly smith

doing this for the 2nd time n it was delicious last week, looking forward to this batch, thanks for a fab recipe :) x

Elle O'Elle

Yummy! :D i've never made soup before and this is delicious before i even put the cream in. I made it without onion, used olive oil instead of butter and chilli powder because i didn't have the other ingredients. And it is still quick, easy and delicious :D


First time I have ever made soup, this recipe is so easy to make, I found I did not need the cream as it was tasty enough without it, I did add a little salt and pepper. Will be making this again


Just made this soup as had lots of homegrown tomatoes to use. Its completely delicious! I did add a little salt and pepper as I felt it needed it, but did not use a bay leaf, or the full amount of cream. I would add the cream a little bit at a time and then taste, as I think too much would actually ruin the taste. I'm going to add this recipe to my cookbook now, and will definitely be using it again!

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This soup was amazing! I cooked it for my better half for our first anniversary and it tasted amazing! These people saying you need salt and pepper; I guess its to taste and I thought 'hmm that's strange' but when I tasted it? WOW was I surprised. I added the cream and it just made the flavours last that little bit longer, dancing on your tongue. Really amazing recipe!


I am so sorry to say but I love it (I what more)!


Hi Gwen, I would imagine salt and pepper would be added according to taste, but would think it would need some of both.


Kistin, like your idea, but that sounds like a totally different recipe!!


Just finished making the soup, could anyone tell me whether or not they added salt and pepper?? Many thanks


This recipe is so easy and really tasty. Better than I imagined it could be. Got loads of home grown tomatoes to use up and will be making another double batch of this to freeze tomorrow!! Would recommend this to everyone!


If you roast the tomatoes, 2 cloves of garlic and onion with a little basil and drizzled with olive oil for 20 mins at around 180'C in the oven then blitz with the rest of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 5 mins the soup is amazing. Doesn't need the cream though, I think it actually detracts from the flavour!

Terry T

Really easy and delicious. The best tomato soup recipe I have tried. I have made it a few times now with home grown tomatoes and I add a good pinch of cayenne pepper at the end and it gives it just that little bit of extra warmth. Freezes well too.

Charmaine Toy

Delicious, but personally preferred it before the cream went in but will definately be making it again. Thanks :-)

lizzie flounders

amazing! really tasty and so easyto make. i was always told that tomato soup was the hardest to make, but this was really easy. i intend to make alot more in the future! thank you.

amanda and james

This was very east to make. Very, very tasty. next time will use less cream.. first time used fresh tomatoes. well worth the extra effort peeling the tomatoes.

Lynsey Fenton

My very first time at making tomato soup, I usually make thick soups like lentil. I used half fresh toms and half canned as I didn't have that many fresh in the house. I found it very easy to make and it was absolutely delicious, and the kids loved it too.

Colin Bragg

I made this soup. Very very tasty and creamy. Would only make this for a starter to a special dinner because it's very fiddly and washing up;) just for soup and uses a LOT of tomatoes. I decided to add a little Basil to the mix too. Tastes great with some granary rolls :)

Nancy Trimble

First time ever of making tomatoe soup I was given a load of tomatoes from a friend which I would never have used. I had to make do with what I had in the house I used single cream and garlic salt the soup was delicious and quick to make.

barbara ohare

We grew our own tomatoes this year and had a glut of them. I made this recipe could not beleive how easy it was,making another batch as the first one didnt last verry long everybody had seconds.

Brian Spiller

I have tried varius recipes for tomato soup over the years to use my own tomatoes in and this is by far the best! I had Paprika but it was years old so used chilli powder and it was delicious! I took the skin off but left all the pips in and they were no bother at all. I intend to make and freeze as much as possible for the winter months ahead. 10/10

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