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Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

This Creamy Tomato Soup is easy, comforting, and has a rich flavor profile. Watch the easy video tutorial and you’ll be craving a bowl of tomato soup paired with a gooey Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

You can make this tomato soup creamy or chunky if you prefer, but we love creamy soup recipes from Creamy Sweet Potato Soup to our velvety Carrot Soup and definitely Creamy Potato Soup.

Creamy tomato soup served with grilled cheese sandwich

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My husband never loved tomato soup until he tried this Creamy Tomato Soup. The addition of parmesan and just 1/2 cup of cream makes it so satisfying. It’s also a quick and easy 30-minute soup that keeps well in the fridge. We love it all year round and whip up a batch any time we are craving Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Ingredients for Tomato Basil Soup

Since this is a tomato-based soup, it is important to offset the acidity with some key ingredients. We use a combination of cream, parmesan, and a little sugar to balance the soup.

  • Butter – use unsalted butter to sautee onions
  • Yellow onion – it seems like a ton of onion but it dissapears into the soup adding a balanced sweetness
  • Garlic – you’ll need 1 Tbsp minced from about 3 cloves
  • Crushed tomatoes – with their juice, preferably San Marzano tomatoes
  • Chicken stock – for the best flavor use homemade chicken broth
  • Basil – chop and add 1/4 cup fresh basil, plus more to serve. Basil leaves are easily bruised so chop by stacking a bunch of leaves then roll them into a log and cut into thin strips.
  • Sugar – It’s just 1 Tbsp, but necessary to combat the tomato acidity.
  • Black pepper – start with 1/2 tsp and add more to taste
  • Whipping cream – adds a creaminess to the soup and offsets acidity.
  • Parmesan cheese – adds saltiness to the soup and balances acidity. Adding parmesan adds enough salt and I usually don’t add more.
Ingredients homemade tomato soup with crushed tomatoes

How to Make Tomato Soup

  1. Saute Aromatics – heat a non-reactive pot over medium heat. Melt in 4 Tbsp butter then sautee onions until softened and golden (10-12 min). Add minced garlic and saute another minute.
  2. Make the tomato soup base – stir in two 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes with their juice, your chicken stock, chopped basil, sugar and black pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat, partially cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Blend if desired – use an immersion blender in the pot or blend in batches using a blender (be careful not to overfill the blender with hot liquid) and return soup to the pot.
  4. Add cream and parmesan – stir in the heavy cream and shredded parmesan. Return to a simmer and season to taste if needed.
  5. Serve – ladle into warm bowls and garnish with more parmesan and basil.

Pro Tip: If you prefer a chunky soup with bits of tomato (like our Broccoli Cheese Soup), you can skip the blending step and proceed with adding cream and parmesan then season to taste.

Step by step how to make tomato soup

Important: Use a Non-Reactive Pot

Since this soup is tomato-based it is important to use a non-reactive pot. Avoid aluminum, cast iron, and copper which are all made of metals that can react with tomatoes and make the soup taste metallic.

Non-reactive pots that work well include: Stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, ceramic, and glass. We used our 5 1/2 Qt enamel-coated dutch oven pot.

Tomato basil soup cooked in dutch oven nonreactive pot

Common Questions

Can I substitute canned whole tomatoes?

You can use canned whole peeled tomatoes, but crush them by pulsing in a food processor before adding to the pot. Be sure to season to taste if substituting.

Can I use dried basil?

You can substitute the fresh basil with about 1 Tbsp of dried basil for the soup. I suggest adding dried basil when you add the crushed tomatoes to give them a chance to soften. Dried herbs work great in soups, but should not be used for garnish.

Can I use fresh tomatoes?

You’ll need to make your own crushed tomatoes which can be a time-consuming process. We find it is much simpler to buy crushed tomatoes.

What stock do you use for tomato soup?

We love chicken bone broth because it has a great depth of flavor, but you can substitute it with vegetable broth to keep this a vegetarian soup.

What if my soup is too sour or acidic?

Make sure you aren’t using a reactive pot (see above) and add more sugar and cream to taste to balance the acidity.

Bowl of creamy tomato soup garnished with parmesan and basil

How to Serve Tomato Soup

  • Grilled Cheese – tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect match (try dipping the sandwich into the soup).
  • Parmesan – add shredded parmesan while the soup is hot so it melts over the top.
  • Fresh Basil – sprinkle the top with thinly sliced basil.
  • Croutons – sprinkle crunchy croutons over the soup.
  • Toast – simple toasted bread or crostini (like we made for Bruschetta) are great for dunking into the soup.
Serving tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich

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Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

4.95 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Creamy tomato soup garnished with cheese and basil

Our go-to creamy tomato soup recipe. Adding parmesan and heavy cream makes it so satisfying and balances the acidity. It’s also a quick and easy 30-minute soup that keeps well in the fridge. We love this Tomato Basil Soup paired with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8-$12
Keyword: creamy tomato soup, tomato soup
Cuisine: American
Course: Soup
Calories: 222
Servings: 8 people (1 cup servings)

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 yellow onions (3 cups finely chopped)
  • 3 garlic cloves (1 Tbsp minced)
  • 56 oz crushed tomatoes (two, 28-oz cans) with their juice, preferably San Marzano
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil plus more to serve
  • 1 Tbsp sugar or added to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream or to taste to combat acidity
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese freshly grated, plus more to serve

Instructions

  1. Heat a nonreactive pot or enameled dutch oven over medium heat. Add butter then add chopped onions. Sauté 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden. Add minced garlic and sauté 1 minute until fragrant.

  2. Add crushed tomatoes with their juice, chicken stock, chopped basil, sugar (or add sugar to taste), and black pepper. Stir together and bring to a boil then reduce heat, partially cover with lid and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. You can leave your soup with a chunky consistency, but if you like a blended/creamy soup, use an immersion blender to blend the soup in the pot to desired consistency or transfer to a blender in batches and blend until smooth (being careful not to over-fill the blender with hot liquid), then return blended soup to the pot over medium heat.

  4. Add 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese and return to a simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper if needed and turn off the heat.*

  5. Ladle into warm bowls and top with more parmesan and chopped fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

*Some crushed tomatoes can seem tangier. If the soup seems too acidic or sour, you can add more heavy cream and sugar to taste. 

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 710mg20%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 895IU18%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 140mg14%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Laura
    September 21, 2021

    Followed the recipe exactly, and this is the best tomato soup I’ve ever had! I used a couple jars of the tomato juice I canned this summer from tomatoes in our garden. Love, love, love this website!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Laura!

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  • Tressa
    September 10, 2021

    Delicious as is, but added just a splash of sherry and it was over the top delicious! Thank you, Natasha! I can always count on your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2021

      Yum! That’s a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Tresa!

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  • MJ
    September 10, 2021

    I made your tomato soup last night. We have a ton of San Marzano tomatoes ripening fast. That is great for us. This soup was fantastic. I will freeze some of this batch to see how it does. I hope it is good as I would like to make several batches to have this winter. Will let you know how it goes. Thank you for all the great recipes. XO

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2021

      I’m so glad to hear that MJ! I’m looking forward to your feedback about the freezing process! I hope it works well for you!

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      • MJ
        September 16, 2021

        Hi Natasha, I have good news to share. I thawed out some tomato soup for lunch today and it was perfect. No separation with the cream and it tasted as good as the first time around. I now have even more San Marzano’s ripe so I am making a triple batch of your soup to freeze for the winter months. Thank you again for the great soup recipe and all the others as well. XO MJ

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          September 16, 2021

          You’re so welcome, MJ and thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Ron Pelletier
    August 28, 2021

    Your tomato soup looks wonderful and I am looking forward to making it. Unfortunately my wife is allergic to tomatoes so I will be cooking it for myself only. Do you think that this soup will freeze well?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 28, 2021

      Hi Ron! Normally tomato soup freezes really well! Since this has heavy whipping cream in it, I worry it may separate once defrosted. But it may work; if you happen to try freezing it, I’d love to know if it works out. Also, The serving size can be found at the beginning of the print-friendly recipe card (located at the bottom of the recipe post), and you can use the serving size slider to adjust the recipe and make half of it if you’d like.

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  • Lowelia Jarvis
    August 25, 2021

    Hi Natasha, this is tata from the Philippines! I just tried the recipe tonight and it sure was a winner! My family loved it. Ran out of fresh basil so I just added fresh pesto sauce instead which I made previously and it still worked magic. Thanks for this recipe, Natasha! 😊🙏

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 25, 2021

      You’re welcome! That’s good to know that the substitution that you used worked well. Thanks for your review!

      Reply

  • Annie
    August 21, 2021

    Hi Natasha, thank you for all the great receipes! I was just wondering, can I use fresh tomatoes? I have so many from my garden this year that I am running out of ideas (I love tomatoes, but you can only eat so much in a day!) Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2021

      Hi Annie, please see the “common questions” section above.

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  • Suzi Schmidt
    August 16, 2021

    Looks great! Can it be frozen?

    Could it be canned?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 16, 2021

      Hi Suzi, it will last a couple of days in the fridge; I haven’t tried freezing that yet to advise.

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  • Rose Disla
    August 15, 2021

    Made this today. Super easy and very tasty. Use almond milk and corn starch since i cannot have heavy cream. It is perfect. I didn’t splash my kitchen using then emulsifier but did get soup on my shirt. Be careful and don’t lift it when running. Yummy. Made the 8 servings separate for me and my cousin for lunch this week.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2021

      That’s great to hear that using almond milk works great too, Rose! Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  • margriet
    August 15, 2021

    The crushed tomatoes make te soup very thick and rich so I added another 2 cups of beef broth.I used Glen Muir crushed tomatoes

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    • Natasha
      August 15, 2021

      Hi Margriet, thanks for sharing. You can thin it out if you want to have more of a broth soup with small bits of tomato.

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  • Susanna
    August 15, 2021

    Amazing tomato soup. Made it just like the recipe says, no adjustments. My husband loved it too. Too bad I’m still on calorie watching. Next time I will make it with the grilled cheese:) Now I’m intrigued:))

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 15, 2021

      Hello Susanna, thanks for sharing your good comments and feedback with us. It is perfect with grilled cheese, hope it becomes your new favorite combo!

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  • Alesia
    August 14, 2021

    Another great one. I decided to use my vitamix instead of the immersion blender. I’m sure I would’ve had tomato soup everywhere. This was delicious. I needed to add a bit more sugar and chicken stock to thin it out a bit. But, wow…amazing.

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  • Jennifer Reeve
    August 14, 2021

    I made this for a quick dinner and my husband and I absolutely love it!! Neither of us are big tomato soup fans but I gotta recommend this to anyone who is in the fence about tomato soup!! Loaded with so much flavor!! Didn’t use the immersion blender but definitely will for the leftovers! Thanks Natasha, keep the recipes coming!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Jennifer!

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  • Janet
    August 14, 2021

    Excellent! I made this soup tonight exactly as your instructions say. We had it with the grilled cheese sandwiches also your recipe. We loved it! Thanks for the delicious recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 14, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Janet!

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  • jeannine
    August 13, 2021

    Will vegetable stock work for vegetarians?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      I think you can or you can make your own homemade vegetable stock if you want to be sure.

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  • Nina Sch
    August 13, 2021

    Another LOVED one.. repeat will happen.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 13, 2021

      Awesome, Nina! Thank you for your great feedback.

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  • Lidia Schechter
    August 10, 2021

    Hi!
    Loved the soup. I had too many extra tomatoes left over from a canning project, so just crushed them in my blender. It was quick and easy. My daughter is a vegetarian so I used a vegetarian broth. Thanks! Love all your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Lidia!

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  • Natasha
    August 10, 2021

    What a wonderful soup recipe! I added minced bacon into mine at the same time as the onions and omg so flavourful! You gotta try it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      Yum! That sounds great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Kathryn P
    August 10, 2021

    Wonderful receipe, serving this with grilled cheese sandwich for my elderly parents, they will love!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 10, 2021

      The best combination! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kathryn!

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  • Theresa Schultz
    August 9, 2021

    Love the tomato soup and all your recipes Thank you Natacha for sharing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Theresa!

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  • Sue Roberts
    August 9, 2021

    To avoid splattering with the immersion blender – blend in small circles, all one level. Do not go up and down at all, that’s what makes the splatters.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Sue!

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  • Jody
    August 8, 2021

    Can I ask a question can I substitute chicken broth with beef broth

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2021

      Hi Jody, I think that would work too. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Jody
    August 8, 2021

    I searched for the grilled sandwich but couldn’t find it

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2021

      Hi Jody, I don’t have a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich at this time. I hope you love this Tomato Soup recipe!

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  • Jody
    August 8, 2021

    Can you make the trend pasta chips and love all you recipes

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2021

      Hi Jody, thanks for your suggestion. I’ll try to add that to our list.

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  • Thomas A Baer
    August 7, 2021

    Is there a substitute for the heavy cream? My daughter in law can’t have any milk product … Thank you

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 8, 2021

      Hi Thomas, I haven’t tried any other substitute before so I can’t give any other suggestion. If anyone could suggest what to substitute, please reply to this comment.

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    • Brenda
      August 9, 2021

      Try coconut milk. It adds a nice subtle flavor that doesn’t taste like a coconut. Earthy/nutty like.

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  • Yuliya
    August 7, 2021

    Hi Natasha, I was so excited to make this soup because your recipes are always a hit in my family. But this soup turned out sooo sour! I don’t know if you used a special brand of crushed tomatoes that are not so sour. I had to put so much sugar in it to offset the acidity, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. I wanted to love this soup, but my family all said to not make it again. I followed your recipe exactly.

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    • Natasha
      August 9, 2021

      Hi Yuliya, the brand that I used is photographed in the post, and some brands can seem more acidic. Also it is very important not to use a reactive pot (please see ore on that in the post above). Also, make sure to add the cream and parmesan to help offset the acidity. I would add more cream to combat excessive tomato acidity without having to add too much sugar. I hope that helps.

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  • Michele
    August 7, 2021

    My daughter has a dairy allergy what would be a good substitute for the cream? We love all your recipes!!!

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    • Natasha
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Michele, to make a dairy-free tomato soup, you might try substituting it with full-fat coconut milk.

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  • Lauri
    August 7, 2021

    Looks delicious!!How long will this keep in the refrigerator? Can it be frozen?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Lauri, it will last a couple of days in the fridge.

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  • Adriana
    August 7, 2021

    Very good recipe! Had to add some salt

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    • Natasha
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Adriana, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I hope you saw my note to add salt to taste at the end. I didn’t think it needed any with the cheese, but it can depend on a number of factors such as whether or not you used low sodium chicken stock.

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  • Sharon Hines
    August 6, 2021

    Can you use fresh garden tomatoes

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    • Natasha
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Sharon, please see the “common questions” section. I hope you love the tomato soup!

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      • Sandra
        August 7, 2021

        I’d love to make this recipe with fresh tomatoes. How will the process be?

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  • jean
    August 6, 2021

    hi! can i replace the heavy cream with milk? thanks!

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    • Natasha
      August 7, 2021

      Hi Jean, you can but add it to taste since the fat in the cream also helps to offset some of the acidity in the soup.

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  • Mary
    August 6, 2021

    So glad you posted this- looks so delicious and I needed a good tomato soup recipe. Can’t wait for the grilled cheese recipe!

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    • Natasha
      August 7, 2021

      Oh that grilled cheese is seriously amazing. It will be worth the wait.

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  • Karyn
    August 6, 2021

    Looks delicious can’t wait to make this! Is there a link for your grilled cheese recipe in the article as well? 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Hi Karyn, I don’t have a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich at this time. I hope you love this Tomato Soup recipe!

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  • Kellie
    August 6, 2021

    So delish! And super easy to make….perfect for back to school.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Kellie!

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  • Natalie
    August 6, 2021

    I could eat tomato soup all year long! Your recipe is easy to make & tastes wonderful!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Same here, Natalie we love tomato soup!

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  • Barry
    August 6, 2021

    Great recipe Natasha. For those who go sugar free, you can tame the acidity with a pinch or two of baking soda to taste. This comes from an old English recipe where you just bring either fresh or canned tomatoes (mashed up) to a boil then add a teaspoon of baking soda, salt and pepper. Add whole milk and bring back to eating temperature and serve. Simple, and quite delicious — and even better with cream and soda biscuits. Thank you and your husband for your hard work great videos.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • April
    August 6, 2021

    This was sooooo creamy and delicious – total comfort food!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      The best comfort soup! I’m happy you loved it!

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  • Jolanta Ostrovetsky
    August 6, 2021

    Hi. I couldn’t find the recipe for the grilled cheese sandwich on your blog.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2021

      Hi Jolanta, I don’t have a recipe for a grilled cheese sandwich at this time.

      Reply

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