Recipe: Tomato Soup From Scratch


Photo by Luxe Palmer

If one thinks of winter, it quickly brings to mind the image of either drinking a hot cocoa, sitting by the fire, or eating warm soup after a long day playing in the snow. This recipe deals with the latter. Though in some parts of the world March symbolizes the beginning of spring, in Colorado, winter is at its peak. With the buckets of snow coming down and the buckets yet to come, you can make this easy tomato soup recipe whether you’re stuck at home or coming inside from building a snowman. I can guarantee you it’ll blow the socks off any old canned tomato soup. Say goodbye to Campbell’s forever.


  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 4-5 small, squishy tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3c sundried tomatoes
  • 4c chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2-3 tbsp each of rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano
  • Optional: 1 1/2c heavy cream


  1. Dice one onion and garlic cloves– the number of garlic cloves depends on how likely you would fare at The Saucy Noodle in Denver.
  2. Add olive oil to a pot on medium-high heat. Once it starts simmering, add the garlic and onions and cook until caramelized. By caramelized, I don’t mean reduced to a taffy-like consistency that would burn your hand off if you touched it. I mean a nice brownish color.
  3. Add all tomatoes, chicken stock, and herbs to the pot and bring to a boil. Be as liberal with the herbs as you would be with glitter on a greeting card. (Lots.)
  4. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook with the lid on for 45-60 mins. Go read a book.
  5. In increments, blend the soup until smooth. Don’t add all the soup into the blender at once– it expands a bit and will splatter. Your mother will question why it looks like a volcano exploded in the kitchen.
  6. If desired, add heavy cream and stir until mixed. If not desired, do not add heavy cream and do not stir until mixed.
  7. Enjoy with extra cream or a sprinkling of basil on a chilly day. As is the tradition, this tomato soup also pairs nicely with a grilled cheese sandwich. I am going to infer that you know how to make one.