creamy tomato soup

To me, tomato soup is magic. It was the soothing bowl you were handed when sick, and the steaming dish you warmed your hands over after playing outside during the winter. Tomato soup has always felt like home. I’m (wo)man enough to admit that there are times when I really miss home, and the smell of tomato soup cooking on the stove always makes it a little bit easier.

This particular recipe comes from the foodie bible Bon Appetit and is just about perfect–who knew that whole canned tomatoes coupled with a bit of cream and some seasonings could be so yummy.

You’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, in juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup (or more) heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

Melt butter in a large pot over high heat. Add the thyme and the onions and cook until they’re translucent (about 10-12 minutes). Add the tomato paste and stir often (until it begins to caramelize). Add the two cans of tomatoes (juices and all), 1 teaspoon sugar and 8 cups of water to the pan and cook on medium until the liquid has reduced down significantly (about 30-40 minutes). Turn off the heat and let the soup cool slightly.

Discard thyme and pour soup into a blender, liquifying in small batches and pouring back into the pot. Stir in 1/4 cup cream, 1 teaspoon sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low for another 10-15 minutes.

And everyone happens to know what goes great with tomato soup–grilled cheese! My favorite way to make it? Butter two pieces of  peasant bread and grate sharp cheddar cheese to go on top. Grill on a skillet until melted and browned.


  • how bout some cake

    Soup and sandwiches are my favorite cold/rainy day meal! Unfortunately I haven’t had it in forever because every day is sunny and beautiful here :-P

    • alongobucco

      Haha rough life ;) Maybe you should crank the AC and pretend!

  • Alison

    Nothing is better on a fall afternoon then tomato soup and grilled cheese! This looks delightful:)

    • alongobucco

      Thank you, Alison! xo

  • Always Maylee

    Why have I never thought to make grilled cheese with SHREDDED cheese? Totally going to make this meal this week! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
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    • alongobucco

      I only make them this way when I have the time, but the cheese tends to melt so much better. The fancy-pants version of grilled cheese!

  • ashley

    Delicious! Tomato soup is pretty much the only soup I eat. :)

    xo Ashley

    • alongobucco

      Me too, I’m not a huge fan of anything besides tomato, french onion and pasta fagioli!

  • Rachael

    Your blog is quickly becoming one of my faves!! :) I love tomato soup in the fall and winter and this recipe sounds just perfect!

    • alongobucco

      Wow, so sweet…Thanks so much, Rachel! xo

  • Jen @redsolesandredwine

    One of my favorite meals – so cozy and yummy.

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    • alongobucco

      I could probably eat it every day if I let myself!

  • Bree

    mmmmmmmm this looks sooo yummy! Soup and grilled cheese is a total staple, but mine never looks as good as that! Wow!

    • alongobucco

      Aw, thank you Bree!

  • The Now Stylebook

    I am not a huge tomato fan but I will eat the s out of that grilled cheese!!! YUMMM! xoxo

    • alongobucco

      Haha that literally made me laugh out loud!

  • whitney

    mmm i agree there is something just so calming and amazing about a good tomato soup. preferably with a grilled cheese sandwich!

    • alongobucco

      Totally agree..thanks for reading, Whitney!

    • alongobucco

      Totally agree…thanks for stopping by, Whitney!

  • Emily

    Okay, now I’m really hungry! This is probably my favorite pairing ever – aside from peanut butter and jelly of course. I will be making this meal this week, thanks for the inspiration!

    • alongobucco

      Haha funny thing, I’ve NEVER been a jelly person until just this year and now I love PB&J

  • Julie

    I love tomato soup!! This looks absolutely delicious. xo, Julie

    • alongobucco

      Thank you, Julie! xo

  • http://Lipstick,Louboutin's&LemonDrops Morgan

    I have been looking for a recipe to make tomato soup!! You sold me! That looks delicious, I am such a sucker for grilled cheese & tomato soup!
    Lipstick, Louboutin’s & Lemon Drops

    • alongobucco

      Best combo ever…I hope you dip it! That’s definitely the way to go.

  • lily | fancy {no}pants

    this looks so yummy!! it’s my favorite meal for a rainy day :)

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    • alongobucco

      There’s really nothing better. I almost WISH for rain just so I can make a bowl of soup.

  • shannon

    Looks delicious! The perfect comfort food.

    • alongobucco

      Agreed! :) Thanks so much for stopping by, Shannon!

  • Pearls and Lace

    Alyssa this looks so delicious my mouth is watering! I love soup and sandwiches in the fall and winter, something about holding onto a steaming bowl just makes me feel warm and cozy! I’m definitely going to give this recipe a try – tomato soup is my husband’s favorite :)

    xo jen

    • alongobucco

      So true–it does double duty as a hand-warmer, too! I hope you try it out, I’d love to know what you think!

  • pop champagne

    creamy tomato soup is one of my favs, because it’s delicious on its own and also taste awesome using it as a dip!!

    • alongobucco

      I love dipping a fresh baguette in it (a la Panera Bread)…so yummy!

  • nancy @ adore to adorn

    I adore the combination of tomato soup and grilled cheese. It’s such a comfort meal that it makes me feel cozy just thinking about it!

    • alongobucco

      It really is the best. I’ve had it the past three days, too!

  • Amy Shaughnessy

    Nothing beats a grilled cheese sandwich and soup in the winter. This recipe looks so good!


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    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Amy! xo

  • twenty-something

    This post has me craving a mental health day….sitting on the couch with tomato soup and grilled cheese in my PJs? Sounds good to me… :)


    • alongobucco

      Sounds pretty much like the best day ever, right? I may have had two bowl and a grilled cheese last night :)

      • twenty-something

        Somehow the topic of grilled cheese and tomato soup came up in our house last night…we are having it for dinner tonight! :)

        • alongobucco

          Haha yayyyyy! I hope you like it!

  • Mollie

    haha right when I saw the tomato soup I started craving a grilled cheese! This looks so delicious and perfect for fall! I wish I had all of your cooking skills!

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  • milynn

    Tomato soup is def magic. Perfect on a cool day and with a grilled cheese sandwich!

  • Giovanna

    Yum!! Definitely need to try this! With a sandwich that looks like that! lol


  • Punctuation Mark

    Comfort food at its best!

  • girlavantgarde

    Officially have a tomato soup craving now!

    xo, Courtney

  • Corbynn Jordan

    Yummmm. This is my husband’s fave! Thanks for sharing!!


  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    ok, that looks amazing and I don’t love tomato soup!
    Xo Megan

  • Maria

    This is EXACTLY what I was craving today! And that grilled cheese looks amazing. I’m going to have to whip this up if the rainy weather continues!


  • we wear things

    comfort food! looks amaze!


  • TJ

    Oh gosh, this is making my mouth water! SO scrumptious!
    xo TJ

  • Lindsay

    My favorite combo ever. I’m gonna have to try this because I just can’t pass it up. Yum!

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  • kristin reynolds

    looks amazing and pictures are so wonderful!!


    • alongobucco

      Thank you so much, Kristin!

  • Ileana

    Looks delicious :D