comforting creamy tomato soup

creamy tomato soupFor me there are certain soups that are okay, they’re fine, they do the job when you’re sick and can’t handle solid food, or if you’re at someone’s house and they serve soup and you don’t want to hurt their feelings by leaving it in the bowl…

Then there are soups that are perfect, simple and pure and lack nothing.  One of those soups for me is Cream of Tomato.  And it couldn’t be any easier to make!

Like most great and simple recipes, there is a lot of room for interpretation and personal preferences.


  • 2 medium-small sweet onions, chopped
  • 6 to 8 cloves garlic, minced or microplaned
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 large cans {28 oz each} peeled or diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 pint heavy cream


  • In large saucepot heat oil & butter
  • Saute onions & garlic until translucent, 5-8 minutes
  • Add brown sugar
  • Add tomatoes & spices
  • Simmer 20 minutes, covered
  • Take off heat; puree with hand blender until smooth
  • Add cream
  • Adjust spices if needed

So easy and yet so amazing.  I like to use at least some San Marzano tomatoes.  They cost more but are sweeter than regular plum tomatoes partially due to their being grown in the volcanic soil near Mount Vesuvius.  For a recipe like this, where the tomatoes take center stage, you can really appreciate the flavor.  When I don’t feel like shelling out for the imported brands I go for the next best thing, grown from Italian seeds here in the states:

san marzano tomatoes
Options for spicing this soup are endless, and of course toppings like cheese and/or croutons would be most yummy!

4 comments on “comforting creamy tomato soup

  1. soffiagudrun says:

    San Marzano are really good, it is SO worth it to buy better tomatoes. Sadly, we don´t have San Marzano tomatoes in Iceland….don´t know why no store imports them, cause enough do we have of different canned tomatoes.

    • that is sad, they’re so sweet and do make a difference. i’m looking to buy san marzano seeds to grow myself.

      did you mention on your blog that you garden? i can’t recall at the moment. is the climate suited for it?

      • soffiagudrun says:

        I do garden. The weather… it´s mild, not hot at all. Average 12 – 15°c. So for example potatoes, carrots, different roots, salad, all works well.
        The fruits are possible but more difficult, I don´t have any… but I we do have lots lots of blueberries. yumyum.

        The plan is to build a grow house for tomatoes and other plants.

        Good idea with buying the seeds. That is something I could order online and try :)

        Will you be gardening this year? …in Minnesota?

      • the grow house is a good idea ~ yes i’ll be gardening and am also on the lookout for a grow house to extend the growing season.

        the san marzano seeds will hopefully be available to ship to you ~ thank goodness for online shopping

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