Easy Homemade Tomato Soup

This is the absolute best homemade tomato soup recipe! It uses fresh tomatoes, and it’s ready in under an hour. This tomato soup is perfect for weeknight meals or serving to friends at your next party!

Fresh Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe

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Homemade Tomato Soup

Now that we have said goodbye to summer and ushered in fall, it’s time for soup season! I love the cozy autumn evenings that are just made for homemade tomato soup. It’s also one of my husband’s favorite soups, especially when  paired with grilled cheese! Hopefully, if you’ve found yourself here, you’re also a tomato soup fan. Welcome! Get ready for your new favorite recipe.

My love for tomato soup didn’t start out when I was young. I actually didn’t grow to love it until I was in college at Vanderbilt and our sorority house (go Chi-O!) served the most amazing tomato soup on Monday evenings at our chapter meetings. I lived for tomato soup night. This recipe reminds me so much of that tomato soup.

Like all the recipes I share, I want to give you ways to tailor it to your favorite flavors.

  • To make a spicy tomato soup, use “spicy hot” V8 juice in place of regular.
  • For a stronger basil flavor, add an extra 2 tablespoons and garnish with extra chopped basil.
  • Love a creamier tomato soup? Add more cream. You can’t go wrong with this recipe!

Now, this tomato soup recipe calls for using fresh tomatoes. It makes a world of difference. It’s supplemented with V8 or tomato juice, however, to give it a fullness. As for the fresh tomatoes, use whichever kind you prefer. We love to make this with heirloom tomatoes when they’re available but any tomato (I love Romas also) will do just fine!

tomato soup recipe

One thing I really love about this tomato soup recipe is the chunks of onion, celery, and tomato. It gives it a bit of a heartier consistency than a full broth-style tomato soup. If you actually prefer that, then use an immersion blender and fully blend until smooth.

Let’s talk garnishes! Whether you’re making this tomato soup for a quick weeknight meal or serving it at a dinner party, garnishes are a must! Here are my favorites:

Tomato Soup Garnishes

  • Chopped Basil
  • Crumbled Bacon
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Croutons
  • Crostinis/Grilled Cheese (cut small and add right on top of your soup)

I love serving this tomato soup for my family as a weeknight meal (it reheats beautifully), but it’s also wonderful for a crowd. If you’re hosting a group for a game night, holiday gatherings, you name it! You can rewarm it in a crock pot and set up garnishes and grilled cheeses.

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup

Fresh tomato soup that’s easy to make and oh so delicious! 
SERVINGS 8 people
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup onion - chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 cups fresh tomatoes - chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery - chopped
  • 1 tablespoon basil - chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups V8 juice (plain or spicy)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  • In a large pot, saute onions in olive oil until they’re transparent. 
  • Add all additional ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. 
  • Serve with grilled cheese, ham biscuits, or enjoy on its own! 


Garnish with croutons, chopped basil, crumbled bacon, or fresh diced tomatoes! 


Calories: 212kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 33mgPotassium: 587mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1400IUVitamin C: 34.3mgCalcium: 154mgIron: 3.9mg
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I hope you’ll try this soup soon! If you’re looking for more of my favorite soup recipes, check out these below!

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  1. Peppermint Dolly says:

    YUM! Love homemade soups – thanks for sharing!!

  2. I really would give this 3 1/2 stars. This soup was too sweet for my liking. I did add 1/2 tsp of salt to tone down the sweetness and that helped. I omitted the cream because the soup was very thin and I had to add a slurry made with 2 tsp cornstarch to thicken it a bit. The cornstarch also gave it a velvety texture. I did use a pint of my homemade canned tomatoes in place of fresh, so I don’t know if that effected the consistency. Overall, the taste was really good once I added the salt. I will make this again, but cut back the sugar. This would be a great way to use up your summer tomatoes. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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