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Cream of tomato soup in a white bowl
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Cream of Tomato Soup

This Quick and Easy Cream of Tomato Soup recipe uses canned diced tomatoes to have this soup on your table in under an hour. Perfect for weeknight dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cream of tomato, dairy free option, gluten free, meatless, meatless eats, soup, Tomato, Tomato Soup, vegetables, vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 150kcal


  • 2 28 ounce cans diced tomatoes (see note)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (plus more to taste)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • Drain tomatoes in a large strainer or colander set over a large bowl, reserving the liquid. Stir the tomatoes and press firmly to remove as much liquid as possible. You should end up with about 4 cups of tomato juice. Set the tomatoes and the juice aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrots and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in ⅔ of the tomatoes, the bay leaf, and the brown sugar and cook until beginning to brown, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until starting to brown, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly stir in the reserved tomato juice, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Stir in the remaining tomatoes, baking soda, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and discard bay leaf. Use an immersion blender or blend in batches until smooth. Return soup to pot and stir in evaporated milk. Season with additional salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve hot.


You can use half regular and half fire roasted diced tomatoes if you wish for a smokier flavor.


Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 265mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 1mg