Cream of tomato soup recipe

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This easy cream of tomato soup is under 200 calories per portion and takes under an hour to make.

Cream of tomato soup
(Image credit: Future)
  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories192 Kcal10%
Sugar8.8 g10%
Fat15.6 g22%
Saturated Fat9.6 g48%
Salt0.93 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4 g8%
Carbohydrates9.5 g4%
Salt0.93 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Our cream of tomato soup takes 10 minutes to prep and serves six people for lunch or dinner or more if served as a starter. 

The combination of tomatoes and some carefully selected herbs and spices makes for a delicious, easy and cost effective meal. Tomatoes are in season from June to October and if you've been growing your own, you'll likely be overrun. This is a great recipe for tomatoes that are overripe and very soft. It can also be made in bulk and then frozen in portions for future meals.


  • 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)




  1. Fry the onion in the butter for 10 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic and paprika and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomato purée and continue to cook for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add the tomatoes, sugar, bay leaf and chicken or vegetable stock. Bring the soup to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the bay leaf. Blend the soup in batches in a food processor or with a stick blender until smooth. Push through a sieve to remove any skin or seeds and return the liquid to a clean 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 using.

Top tips for making cream of tomato soup

Tomato soup is a great source of vitamin A and C and one portion of soup can provide around 20% of the daily recommended vitamin C. For some crunch you can sprinkle the top with some croutons or toasted seeds like pumpkin, sunflower or pine nuts work well. Continue reading for more helpful tips and tricks. 

What is the difference between tomato soup and cream of tomato soup?

Cream of tomato soup is much richer and thicker than a classic tomato soup. As you'd expect, ‘cream of’ means cream is added to the soup. Cream of tomato soup is still cooked the same way as traditional tomato soup by blending but the cream adds a thickness and richness to the taste and texture.

How many calories in a bowl of cream of tomato soup?

If you cook our recipe and weigh the ingredients accurately, each portion comes in at 192 calories per portion. If you’d like a lighter option, you can use single cream. However, it’s best to add the cream at the end of cooking, off the heat. The lower fat content of single cream means it is prone to splitting if it gets too hot. 

How to freeze cream of tomato soup?

Soup can be stored in the freezer for up to four months and the easiest thing to do is to portion it out in individual freezer bags. When you're ready to cook, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight and reheat until piping hot before serving.

Using a stick blender will help you achieve silky smooth results and means less washing up! This 2-in-1 blender from Ninja doubles up as another handy kitchen device and is great if you’re low on storage options.

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If you’d prefer a classic tomato soup, we have a fantastic easy recipe. You might also like our carrot and butternut squash soup or this hearty chicken soup recipe is very popular and is perfect for using up leftover roast chicken. 

Jen Bedloe
Food Director

An experienced recipe writer, editor and food stylist, Jen is Group Food Director at Future plc where she oversees the food content across the women’s lifestyle group, including Woman and Home, Women’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, and Jen studied Communications at Goldsmiths, then landed her first job in media working for Delia Smith’s publishing company on Sainsbury’s magazine. Jen honed her practical skills by combining courses at Leith’s cookery school with time spent in the test kitchen testing recipes and assisting food stylists on photoshoots.