I love the approach of soup weather at our house, when the Instant Pot starts to live on the counter and all of the favorite cold-weather comfort foods start their rotation. In fact, tomato soup was one of my favorite soups before switching to a real-food diet. Now, I don’t think I could eat the canned stuff if I tried, but this homemade version is wonderful.
Another bonus of making homemade soup is the versatility. This recipe is also easily adapted to dairy-free, and you can easily increase or decrease the garlic and salt to your family’s tastes. (My vote is always more garlic!)
How to Make Tomato Soup (From Fresh Tomatoes!)
This recipe is so quick to make and can even be made in just one pot if you have an immersion blender (one of my favorite kitchen tools). This recipe is grain-free and dairy-free, but tomatoes are nightshades, so this recipe might not be the best for those struggling with autoimmune issues.
Instant Pot Option
To adapt this to the Instant Pot, saute oil or butter, onion, and garlic in the Instant Pot for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add ingredients, close the top, and set pressure to High for 15 minutes. Let steam release naturally for 10 minutes. Remove lid and puree with an immersion blender right in the pot, and serve.
How to Dress Up Tomato Soup
I love to serve our tomato soup with a seasonal side. Sometimes it’s as simple as cut-up apples or sometimes as fancy as this tasty beet and arugula salad.
If you are mostly grain-free but still want the taste of the classic grilled cheese pairing, top the soup with some crunchy Parmesan chips.
Other ideas to add some fun textures and flavors (and even add more vegetables!):
- chopped roasted chicken to make it more of a meal
- a swirl of Greek yogurt (use a dairy-free yogurt if desired)
- roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) or pine nuts
- a dollop of basil pesto
- chopped and wilted spinach
- diced zucchini (saute with the onions and garlic)
- roasted carrot coulis
No Time to Make From Scratch?
It takes less than 30 minutes to make this soup, but life is busy and sometimes I don’t even have that. Kettle & Fire, my favorite broth-makers, also has an amazing ready-made tomato soup that I make sure to keep in the pantry for busy nights. The taste and nutrition are as good as homemade!
Simple Tomato Soup Recipe
- ¼ cup coconut oil or butter
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 28 oz canned diced tomatoes or 6 fresh tomatoes
- ½ cup fresh basil minced or 3 TBSP dried basil
- 2 cups bone broth or make your own
- 1 cup coconut milk or make your own or heavy cream if not dairy-free
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- Place diced onion in a large pan with the butter or coconut oil.
- Saute over medium heat until the onions are soft and translucent.
- Add the minced garlic and tomatoes and saute an additional 2 minutes.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for at least 5 minutes. For richer flavors, you can simmer for up to 30 minutes.
- If desired, use an immersion blender to carefully blend in the pot until smooth.
- Garnish with chopped basil and serve.
Can you freeze tomato soup?It worked for me following these instructions.
What is your favorite kind of soup? Share below!