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5-Ingredient Tomato Soup

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I’m not usually one to make recipes very far in advance for the blog. But all of the 5-ingredient soup recipes you’re seeing on the blog this week were actually made last weekend the day before I moved. (Hence the even more minimalistic background/props than usually — everything was packed!)  I knew that my kitchen was still another 2-3 weeks out from being finished, so I planned ahead to have an entire fridge full of soup to enjoy. Lots and lots and lots of soup. :)

Still, all of these recipes have reminded me how good the classics really are. I’m definitely all for creative recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. But I was reminded with this one that it’s pretty hard to beat a simple bowl of warm tomato soup.

And when made with just five ingredients, this recipe is tomato soup at its purest. And I might argue, it’s finest. :)

5-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe |

I usually feel this need to gussy up tomato soup with all sorts of extra herbs and seasonings. But when it comes down to it, the classic ingredients end up still being the best — tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil and cream. Just let the ingredients all simmer for awhile, puree, and enjoy.

It pretty much could not be more simple. Or more tasty. :)

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5-Ingredient Tomato Soup

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  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: About 2-4 servings 1x


This classic tomato basil soup recipe is made simple with just five everyday ingredients.


  • 3 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 handful basil leaves, julienned
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Add tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil to a large saucepan and stir to combine. Heat over medium-high heat until nearly boiling, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup until smooth. (Or alternately, transfer soup to a traditional blender and puree until smooth, then return to pan.) Stir in heavy cream until combined.
  3. Season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

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29 comments on “5-Ingredient Tomato Soup”

  1. You are killing me with these 5 ingredient soups! Its nice to have some recipes handy where I already have all of the ingredients in my pantry. Great idea!

  2. My family loves simple, nothing fancy. Just simple! All the soups this week have look so good and I am am keeping them in the back of my head for quick dinners!

  3. I’m loving these easy 5 ingredient recipes!! so great for quick, healthy weeknight meals!

  4. A good and easy bowl of tomato soup is such a wonderful comforting thing. Love this!

  5. I love tomato soup, and you can never go wrong with a classic!

  6. So simple, comforting and totally delish!

  7. We are big fans of a simple tomato soup in this house – love this recipe, can’t wait to give it a go!

  8. This looks amazing and so easy! I can’t wait to try it out next time we have grilled cheese sandwiches.

  9. Easy, quick, simple and healthy. I love it!

    I’m a follower of your blog. It’s fantastic.

  10. Simply delicious :) I’m always in the mood for tomato soup!

  11. If I were to use fresh tomatoes instead of canned, how many would you say I would need?

  12. I made this for dinner tonight and I really liked it! It’s so simple and healthy. I used what I had on hand: a can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato sauce, and two ripe tomatoes. I also added a bit of chicken broth. Will be making this again!

  13. For someone who is lactose intolerant, but loves tomato soup, what ingredient would you recommend as a substitute for heavy cream without destroying the flavor, character, and texture of the 5-ingredient Tomato Soup?

  14. This is absolutely delicious, and my picky four year old ate it and said ‘yum yum’. I just used onion, garlic, two cans of tomatoes, bit of raw sugar and some vege stock. Absolutely gorgeous with buttery toast. Will make sure I have the cream in fridge for next time. Can’t believe how delicious it was. Thanks so much.

  15. Living in France on a limited budget this year, and this is my favorite meal that I have made so far! It turned out delicious – and a little bit of freshly grated parmesan on top made it perfect. 

  16. Try this little twist to get a deeper and sweeter taste:
    Fresh tomatoes instead of canned
    Yellow onion instead of white
    Fry the onion translucent or light brown before adding the other ingredients

  17. I made this last night with grilled cheese! I am dairy free, so I subbed coconut milk for the cream.  Delicious, and so easy! Thank you!!

  18. Just made this chili :) Clean, simple, fresh !! It’s not time consuming or complicated. Less is more! Fabulous chili. I used all market fresh, organic ingredients. Came out delish! Sprinkled with a little Tex Mex Cheese, yummy and filling. Thanks!!! 

  19. Can this soup be made vegan? without the dairy? Would it taste as good if it was made with almond milk?

    • Hi Janet! Yes, we think this would still be good made vegan — you could do almond milk or coconut milk (from the can or carton). We hope you enjoy!