Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

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If there was ever the ultimate comfort soup, this bowl of deliciousness would be a serious contender.

We go with a combination of fresh tomatoes and canned crushed tomatoes for the perfect taste and texture. The fresh basil and stock are just the right amount of balance to the soup. The cream adds depth and luxuriousness. And, once you’ve roasted the tomatoes, the soup comes together in about 30 minutes!

A white soup filled with roasted tomato basil soup next to sliced grilled cheese sandwiches.

HOW TO MAKE ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

Roasting the tomatoes for this easy tomato basil soup delivers a deeply satisfying taste for the soup.

You can really go with any type of tomato here, but we find Roma tomatoes work best. And, they are typically available all year.

ROASTING THE TOMATOES IS EASY

Simply preheat your oven to 375°F, line a large baking sheet with foil, and slice the tomatoes in half.

If using whole tomatoes, then cut them into thick (1/2-inch) slices. Drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle them with salt and pepper. After baking for 1 hour, they will be tender and perfectly cooked.

EXPERT TIP: The tomatoes can be roasted in advance, up to 24 hours. Once the pan is cool enough to handle, cover the tomatoes with either kitchen towels (not pressing down on them), or with plastic wrap. When ready to use, carefully transfer the roasted tomatoes with a spatula (or your hands) from the baking sheet to the pot.

A baking sheet lined with foil filled with cut tomatoes to be roasted.
A baking sheet lined with foil with roasted tomatoes on it.

After sautéing chopped onions in olive oil, throw in 4 minced cloves of garlic along with some chopped fresh thyme.

Next goes in a large can (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes and the fresh basil.

Season with salt and pepper and let simmer for just 10 minutes.

A large blue Dutch oven with tomatoes and herbs simmering in it with a wooden spoon in the pot.

FRESH TOMATO BASIL SOUP IN ABOUT 30 MINUTES

Once the canned tomatoes have simmered with the basil, it’s time to add in the roasted tomatoes.

Add the stock and let simmer on low for 20 to 30 minutes.

We’re getting close, folks!

A metal spatula dropping roasted tomatoes into a pot of tomato basil soup.

To reach the right consistency, we use our immersion blender.

EXPERT TIP: You could also purée the soup in a blender or even a food processor. Using either of these appliances will give you a very smooth texture. The immersion blender allows you to make the soup as smooth, or textured, as you desire. Whichever method you opt for, use caution. The soup is hot and can splatter and cause a burn if it reaches your skin.

An immersion blender puréeing roasted tomato basil soup in a large pot.

A final addition of heavy cream adds a depth of silkiness and taste that makes this the best-ever creamy tomato basil soup recipe on the planet.

The soup is now ready to eat, or you can keep it at a low simmer until ready to serve.

EXPERT TIP: You can substitute whole milk or half-and-half in place of the heavy cream. The finished soup will not be as silky, and the cream does add a layer of taste that we think is wonderful, but the other options are fantastic, too. For a completely dairy-free version, don’t add the cream or milk at all.

Heavy cream being poured from a milk jar into a pot of tomato soup.

THE PERFECT SOUP FOR ENTERTAINING

This soup is so satisfying and always gets rave reviews when we serve it to guests.

Silky, cream, and layers upon layers of taste.

And it’s so easy to prepare!

A ladle filled with roasted tomato basil soup in a large blue Dutch oven.

ROASTED TOMATO BASIL SOUP FAQs

  • Can I use only canned tomatoes? Yes, but you won’t get the deep roasted taste from roasting fresh tomatoes. If using only canned, skip the roasting steps of the recipe and go with two 28 oz. cans of tomatoes, we recommend one can of crushed tomatoes, and one can of whole tomatoes, preferably San Marzano (make sure the can is labeled “certified”).
  • What about dried herbs, can I use them? For the thyme, absolutely, go with 1½ teaspoons of dried. For the basil, you won’t get those beautiful specs of basil, and the flavor won’t be as robust, but in a pinch, you could go with ¼ cup of dried basil.
  • How do you make those delicious looking croutons? Cut a loaf of bread into thin slices. Cube the slices (2 or 3) and place them in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400°F and bake until golden, flipping once – about 8 minutes.
  • How long will the soup keep? As with so many soups and stews, this gets even better the next day. It will keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week and freezes beautifully for up to 2 months.

A white bowl of roasted tomato basil soup with croutons on top.

THE PERFECT DUNKING SOUP

You and your loved ones will flip when you serve this amazing soup. Other favorite soup recipes are our:

Rustic Lentil Soup
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Classic French Onion Soup
Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

But in the meantime, make this amazing Roasted Tomato Basil Soup! The PERFECT soup for grilled cheese sandwich dunking!

A hand dunking a grilled cheese sandwich into a bowl of tomato basil soup.

Ready to make the best tomato basil soup in the world? Go for it!

And when you do, be sure to take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag @howtofeedaloon and hashtag #howtofeedaloon!

A white soup filled with roasted tomato basil soup next to sliced grilled cheese sandwiches.

Roasted Tomato Basil Soup

This Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is the ultimate in comfort. Roasting the tomatoes gives the soup a deep, rich flavor. And over-the-top good with grilled cheese sandwiches.
5 from 79 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Soup
Keyword: Basil, creay tomato basil soup recipe, Roasted Tomatoes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 190kcal

Equipment

  • Large Dutch oven, or soup pot

Ingredients

  • 9 Roma tomatoes sliced lengthwise
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 28 oz. can San Marzano tomatoes crushed
  • 1 cup basil fresh, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Spread tomato halves on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, and then sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  • Roast tomatoes for 1 hour. Remove from oven and set aside.
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil, or butter, in a large pot (or Dutch oven) over medium-high heat.
  • Add onion, and saute for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper. Sauté for another minute.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, basil, and sugar to the pot. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Add the stock and the roasted tomatoes into the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring every now and then.
  • Use an immersion blender to purée the soup, or very carefully transfer to a blender or food processor to purée. This would most likely need to be done in a couple batches. Return the soup to the pot.
  • Stir in the cream.
  • To make the mini croutons: Cut a few small pieces of bread in small cubes, add a little oil, diced garlic and basil...bake at 400 for about 7 minutes... these make wonderful croutons!
  • Add the croutons to the top of the served soup. Serve at once!

Video

Notes

We find fresh Roma tomatoes are perfect for roasting, but most tomatoes will work.  Thick slices are best.  Be sure to cut away any brown spots, especially on the top of the tomato.  The roasted tomatoes can be made up 1 day in advance, but we think using them within a couple of hours or roasting is best. 
Fresh thyme and basil is always best, but if using dried, then reduce the thyme to 1½ teaspoons and ¼ cup of dried basil. 
Whole milk, or half-and-half can be substituted for the cream, although the soup won't be as silky and the taste not as rich, but will still be delicious.
Substitute vegetable stock/broth for the chicken stock to make the soup 100% vegetarian. 
The soup will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and freezes beautifully for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 389mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1161IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg
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POST UPDATE: This recipe was originally published in March 2014, but was updated with improved tweaks to the recipe, new tips, photography, and a brand-new fabulous video in March 2020!

216 Comments

  • 5 stars
    Just made Tomato Basil and it was delicious. I didn’t have cream but has milk and still was delicious. I saw this recipe along with you mushroom soup and glad I did. The tomatoes were from my yard and had a couple of different types. I will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe.

  • 5 stars
    This by far hands down is the best tomato soup I have ever tasted . It is loaded with rich roasted tomato flavor and the cream makes it a winner. You said it was Loon Approved it is also Grandson that is a VERY picky eater Approved. I almost feel over when I asked him what he wanted me to make him for lunch and he said that tomato soup you had me try the other day.
    Great Job guys . I will be adding more of your recipes to my arsenal for happy grandbabies and my husband too.
    I love both of your energy and your love for each other it really stands out.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Paula

    • 5 stars
      Just made Tomato Basil and it was delicious. I didn’t have cream but has milk and still was delicious. I saw this recipe along with you mushroom soup and glad I did. The tomatoes were from my yard and had a couple of different types. I will be making this again. Thank you for the recipe.

    • Thank you so much, Betty! We are so THRILLED you enjoyed the roasted tomato basil soup! And thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the wonderful review!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    So here’s the thing, I’m a picky person. I don’t like tomatoes that much, but this was incredible. It changed my mind about tomato soup. It was honestly fantastic. I had this with a brie grilled cheese, pesto, and roasted red peppers. It was lovely. Thanks so much for this recipe!

  • 5 stars
    Excellent soup!

    Made this tonight along with grilled cheese. VA huge hit! Easy peasy to make. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Hi Eileen!! Woo hoo!! So so happy you had such great success with the roasted tomato basil soup! That’s one of our favs for sure!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the fabulous review! We appreciate that so very much!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Oh. My. Gosh! This is absolutely the best tomato basil soup ever! And so fun to make! Made it tonight to go with grilled cheese on some artisan bread and my family is the best tomato soup they have had. Thank you so much for posting! This recipe is a keeper! I can wait to see what other recipes you have

    • Hi Kim!! So sorry for the delayed response….but…WOO HOO!!! So so so happy you loved the soup and thrilled you had such great success with it!! And YES to grilled cheese with artisan bread! YUM!! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the fabulous review! We really appreciate that so so much!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I just made this – I usually don’t add creme to my tomato soup nor the canned tomatoes and wow, do these two things really take tomato soup to the next level. The texture is amaaazing. I couldn’t even find the recommended tomatoes, but it’s still unreal. Thanks for the recipe!

  • 5 stars
    I’m in love!❤️ Absolutely my all time favorite soup! Dad the “mator hater” even loved this soup! You guys rock! Thank you so much for sharing this gem of a recipe!

    • HI Jeanie!! Woo hoo!!! We are so so so happy you loved the roasted tomato basil soup and super excited that even Dad liked it!!! Thanks for letting us know and for the great review! We truly appreciate that so so much!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I came across this recipe on Pintrest and decided I had to try it after watching you make it and how easy it was. I followed your recipe to a tee, the soup is exceptional! My husband thought it was phenomenal. I normally post my kitchen creations on IG. I got so excited to try the soup that I forgot to take a picture of it in my Dutch oven before ladelling it in bowls. Perfect soup for the cold NY winters!

    • Hi Mia! That makes us so happy to hear! We couldn’t be happier that you had such great success with the roasted tomato basil soup recipe! Next time…try and grab a photo! We love that, but totally understand that it’s hard to stop eating the soup once you get started! LOL! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the great review. That honestly means so much to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This was absolutely, by far, the best tomato soup I ever had — the rich texture of the roasted tomatoes coupled with the flavor enhanced by the San Marzano tomatoes added to the texture of the soup and I was transported to Tuscany. I made it twice in two days so I could share with my neighbors confined to their homes due to COVID. Thank you.

    • Hi Lorraine! That is so amazing to hear! We are beyond happy that you had such great success with the roasted tomato basil soup and we can’t thank you enough for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That means the world to us! And YOU are AMAZING! Sharing prepared food with neighbors who can’t get out! We LOVE that so much. xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This soup was delicious! I’ve never made tomato soup before but this recipe looked to simple not to try. The only thing I did different was I roasted a head of garlic, added it to the onions after they were sautéed, stirred to dissolve, then quickly proceeded to the next step since they were already cooked. I served with grill cheese sandwiches. My husband loved it! Definitely will make again!

    • Hi Sarah! So sorry for the delay in our response! We’ve been dealing with power outages and no internet! WE are so THRILLED you enjoyed the tomato basil soup and the roasted garlic sounds heavenly!! So happy you and your hubby enjoyed it and thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the wonderful review! We appreciate that so so much!! Please stay in touch! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

    • This could be canned, but I don’t think it would be good to water bath, but would need pressure canning. Add cream after reheated.

      • Thanks, Krealyn! All great points. Hope this helps Sarah. We’ve never canned the soup, so we’ll defer to Krealyn on this. We have frozen it before, and though you always run the risk of the cream losing its texture, it was still delicious. Best, Kris & Wesley

  • This is delicious! I used Roma tomatoes that I had in my freezer from last summer. Worked perfectly! Thanks!

  • 5 stars
    i’ve never made soup before (i’m new to cooking), and I LOVED THIS. my picky boyfriend loved it too!! I can’t wait to freeze this and keep using it in future cooking! thank you for this recipe

    • Hi Lauren!! We could not be more THRILLED to hear that you had such great success with the soup!! Congrats!! On that’s awesome that you impressed your picky bf!! Double WIN!! And thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review. That means the world to us! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This is the best tomato basil soup I have ever had! Thank you so much for this recipe. My whole family loved it. I served it with homemade ciabatta bread which went perfectly with the soup. I will be making this frequently. Thank you!!!

    • Hi Claire! Wow!! Homemade ciabatta sounds heavenly with the soup!! We are so happy you and the family enjoyed the soup and thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That means very much to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Grace!! That is so awesome! And the addition of jalapeno sounds amazing! Thanks so much for letting us know and thank you for the great review. That means the world to us!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Vivian! You absolutely CAN peel the tomatoes. We don’t purée the soup completely because we like a little texture, and the skins don’t create an issue. But if you prefer your tomatoes peeled, then, by all means…give them a quick flash boil, let ’em cool a bit, and then peel away!! Either way, we think you’ll get excellent results. Let us know if you make the soup and what you think (and if you peel or don’t!). All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This tomato soup recipe was amazing!!! 10 out of 10 recommend and I will also look at your other blogs and recipes. You guys are awesome!

    • Hi Hailey!! That is just amazing to hear!! We are THRILLED you loved our roasted tomato basil soup! And thank you so much for letting know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! Please stay in touch!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This soup is absolutely amazing and silky smooth! I’ve shared this recipe with my friends, they have all made it themselves and are obsessed. I’ll definitely keep making this! Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • Jillian!! We are THRILLED that you had such great success with our roasted tomato basil soup!!! And THANK YOU so much for letting us know!! We can’t say tell you enough how much that means to us!!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • I am typically not a tomato soup eater. But this recipe sounded so good! I just made it and LOVED it. My 3 year old niece did as well! Thank you for changing my mind about tomato soup!

  • 5 stars
    Haven’t made this yet but it sounds amazing and it’s on my dinner list for the week! I really enjoyed watching your instruction video and can’t wait to make this!

    Would a 4.7 qt Dutch oven be big enough?

    • Hi Nicole! We really think you’re going to love this soup! It’s so yummy and heart-warming! And your 4.7 qt. Dutch oven is the perfect size! Let us know if you make it and what you think!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I see your video’s tomato basil supo, you are Fantastick I love you, my inglés not is good, but I understan little but written everything mor or less

  • 5 stars
    Ok, I’ll admit, I’m a soup from a can girl but I bought myself a Dutch oven in hopes of cooking more. Was scrolling through Pinterest and thought your soup picture looked good enough to eat! Almost didn’t make it after seeing the hour long roasting time, thought I could just buy them roasted! I decided to go all in, 100%. Even made the croutons! AMAZING! My 17 yr old son said it was better than Panera! Thank you for sharing your recipe! My family thanks you too.

    • Sandi!! We are SO HAPPY you decided to make our roasted tomato basil soup and that you had such great success!! And we LOVE that your 17 year old loved it, too! Major WIN!! Thank you SO MUCH for letting us know and for the fabulous review. That means the world to us! Please stay in touch1. All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I often skip the narrative portion of recipes on food blogs because they are usually so poorly written and I am a snob.
    This was really enjoyable to read. You’ve got panache.
    The soup is delicious.

    • Jen!! Please forgive us for being so tardy in replying, but you have no idea how happy your note makes us!! You don’t sound like a snob to us at all!! LOL!! We are so happy you enjoyed the recipe and the post and THANK YOU so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review. That honestly means so much to us. Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Shelby, it really depends on the size of the tomatoes. We usually go with about 9 Romas, which is around 1½ lbs. That should equal about 2 beefsteak tomatoes. Slice them in half and then roast until very soft and a little charred. Hope this helps and let us know if you make the soup and what you think!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Linda, we almost always serve it warm, but the flavors are so deep, that it would be great chilled, too. We’d recommend leaving out the cream, if serving cold. Let us know if you make it and how you serve it and what you think. All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight – it was delicious! The color was gorgeous. Thank you for posting nutrition info as well — it really helps when meal planning!

    • Hi Jill!! Woo hoo!! We are so so so happy you love the roasted tomato basil soup! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I absolutely LOVE this soup! I have made it so many times I almost have it memorized. It’s the perfect mix of flavors, so easy, and perfect for leftovers.
    Thank you!!

  • 5 stars
    Love, love, love this soup! I have made it a few times now and have changed one thing in the method that made it easier for me. I throw my tomato halves into the food processor after they have cooled for a few minutes out of the oven

    • Hi Colleen!! Yay!!! That’s so great to hear that you are loving our tomato basil soup!! And that’s a great idea using your food processor! BRAVO!!! Thanks very much for letting us know and for the great review. That honestly means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Okay, I typically never leave comments but this soup is beyond delicious! I’m not quite sure there is a word to describe how amazing it is! My daughter is super picky and I mean picky and she LOVES it! Next time i will be making a double batch. Thank you for this recipe. I can’t wait to try more recipes!!

    • Hi Tamara!! That is so AWESOME to hear!! We are THRILLED you are loving the roasted tomato basil soup and especially your ‘picky’ daughter! Major WIN!! Thanks so much for letting us know and, of course, for the fabulous review. We appreciate that so very much!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • I have a confession to make – I typically steer clear of recipe blogs. I know I am surely missing some gems but it drives me nuts that I have to scroll through tons of useless info and the same pics over and over to finally score the actual recipe. Holy cow have I hit blog recipe heaven here. This site is my new go to for new recipes. Concise, relevant info and absolutely perfect videos (with two cutie pies that make me smile). Thank you for your perfect balance of recipe/tips/info/adorableness!!

    Oh… and the tomato soup…. it is DIVINE!!! Making it for the second time on this cold rainy day and I am over the moon about it! Thanks guys!!

    • Okay…Heather…we have a confession to make…we are literally both smiling so big from ear to ear after reading your comment and even fighting back a tear or two of joy! THANK YOU SO MUCH for your kind words and we are over-the-moon excited that you are lovin’ our blog! Thank you for letting us know and please stay in touch!!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe. The soup was delicious. It was my first time making a tomato soup recipe and this will certainly be the only recipe I use. Like others have said, it goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches.

    • Hi Lorna!! We are over-the-moon excited that you had such wonderful success with our roasted tomato basil soup recipe!! And thank you so so much for letting us know and for the great review. We can’t thank you enough for that!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Made this tonight and the bf said he doesn’t typically care for tomato soup but this soup was the best and it’s been requested for future dinners.

    • Hi Crystal!! That is music to our ears!! Way to knock it out of the park!!! So glad you and the bf enjoyed the tomato soup so much, and thank you so much for letting us know!!! Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Absolutely loved this recipe. It’s easy, quick, and allows you to have left overs for a couple nights. I used this soup as a sauce for my pasta and boy was it delicious. Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!!

  • I think this may be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Easy recipe, and fairly hands-off which was great. I paired it with grilled cheese sandwiches (sourdough, cooked with mayo instead of butter, and stuffed with extra sharp cheddar & havarti) and a grilled romaine salad for a cold winter’s day.

    Could not recommend this recipe enough!! Will be making again for sure.

    • Katie!! You are making us hungry reading your comment!! Wow!! That’s a perfect meal, especially on a cold winter day!! Thanks so much for letting us know!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Tricia! That is so amazing to hear!! We are thrilled you loved the tomato soup!!! And thank you for letting us know and for the awesome review! We can’t express enough how much we appreciate that!!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Caitlyn! Sure, you can use a hand mixer. If it’s electric, it will be a snap, if not, it will take a little more elbow grease. The immersion blender really makes a smooth soup, but we think a soup that’s a little chunky is wonderful, too. You’ll be great! Let us know if you make it and what you think. All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I watched your video and decided I had to make this soup!! The problem I had was not being able to get the Roma tomatoes the size you used so I added a cpl extra. The soup was very good but didn’t seem as creamy as yours. Could that have been from using the extra tomatoes?
    I still loved the recipe and will definitely try and make it again!!

    • Hi there Renda! Sorry for the delayed response! It’s hard to say! It could be the ratio of tomatoes to cream was slightly different. You could always add a tad more cream until you reach your favorite level of creaminess! Some folks don’t even add the cream, and it’s still so delicious! Keep us posted and thanks so much for the great review!! That means the world to us!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I have never been a huge fan of tomato soup, but I made this for my mom when she was a little under the weather and she loved it. To my surprise, my dad and I loved it too. We had it with a sourdough grilled cheese and it was fantastic. I’ve made this a few times now this fall and it’s always a hit. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.

    – Shelly

    • Hi Shelly!! That is so so wonderful to hear!! We hope your mom is feeling better! And we are so thrilled to hear that not only did she enjoy the soup (with sourdough grilled cheese! YUM!!), but you and your dad did, too!! YES!!! Thanks so much for letting us and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

    • So sorry for the delayed response, Nicole! Yes!! The cream adds a little more luxurious taste to it, but we think the soup it still really delicious without it. Even almond milk is great, too!! Let us know if you try it and what you think!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

      • Hi guys! OMG soooo good….I did skip the heavy cream…but it was amazing! Thanx for your reply and this amazing recipe. Nicole.

  • 5 stars
    I followed the recipe (pretty much) to a T and it was delicious! I used truss instead of roma tomatoes because they were on sale. I’m wondering if I could freeze the soup without the cream if it would last longer or reheat better? Thanks for the recipe, I look forward to trying more!

  • 5 stars
    Delicious! Made the croutons too but had to throw on some extra thyme and leftover parm, but that’s just me. Recipe is perfect as followed.

    Had 2 bowls myself, croutons in first with soup on top, so delish! Thank you!

  • 5 stars
    This is SUCH A GREAT SOUP! I made this for game day and everyone loved it! A crowd of people means dietary restrictions, so I used veggie broth and extra creamy oak milk. It turned out great! We didn’t have any leftovers and I’ll be making it again today!

    • Hi Elise!!! We LOVE that you made it for game day!!! So fun!! And we are thrilled everyone loved it! You’re a rock star chef!! Thank you for letting us know and for the amazing review. We appreciate that so much!! Stay in touch!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Brittany!! A big ole ‘Yes!’ to a pinch of red pepper flakes!! And thank you for the AWESOME review!! You have no idea how much that means to us!!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Marcy! That’s so awesome to hear!! We are thrilled you loved the soup, and you’re right, doesn’t get much more comforting on a chilly day!! Thanks for letting us know and for the fantastic review! We appreciate that so very much!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This recipe is outstanding! The only tweak I made was adding some red pepper flakes. I like a little heat. I also used a day old wheat baguette to make my croutons. It was super easy and super yummy! The Roma tomatoes make it such reasonably priced family meal that you could spend a little more on some fixins’!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Jada! Woo hoo!! We love a little heat, and the addition of red pepper flakes sounds great!! We are so happy you enjoyed the soup and thank you so very much for letting us know and for the great review. That means the world to us!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Delicious, delicious soup! Thank you for putting together this recipe. Like many families, we have most often relied on the old standby of canned tomato soup—no longer! I love that it tastes just as wondeful dairy free. I’m so excited to try more of your recipes!!!

    • Hi Stacy!! That is so awesome! We are so so so happy you and your family enjoyed the soup, and sounds like you made the perfect modifications! Thank you so much for letting us and for the great review! We appreciate that so so much!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • HI Stacy!! Woo hoo!! So so so glad you enjoyed the roasted tomato basil soup!! And thank you for letting us know and for the great review! We truly appreciate that!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Fantastic and sooo delicious!! My kids love it, they even keep asking for me to make it again and again!!!! We are dairy free and substituted the cream for cashew milk. Thank you for this recipe all love to you.

    • Hi Monica! That is so fantastic to hear! And that’s awesome that the kiddos loved it, too!! We know that’s not always a given! So great job!! And cashew milk is a great option. Thank you so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! That means so much to us! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • Thanks , this is now my go to tomato soup!! The tomatoes that I could get my hands on, “up here in northern Canada” needed a little more sugar when I roasted them. Other than that I followed happily all your direction to the end . Absolutely delicious! Please keep on doing what you are doing! Especially your videos are truly inspirational…makes cooking fun!

    • Hi Carla! We are so thrilled to hear that you’re loving our tomato basil soup all the way up there in Northern Canada! BTW…we LOVE Canada so much!! Thank you so much for letting us know! And stay tuned and stay in touch…lots more on the way!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!! I think that my husband and I could eat this for a week straight.. it’s THAT good!!! Followed recipe exactly and it was PERFECTION!!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.. it’s flawless..

    • Hi Molly!! Woo hoo!!!!! That is the best news we’ve heard all day!! So so so glad you and your hubby loved the roasted tomato basil soup!!! And thank you for letting us know and for the FANTASTIC review!! We appreciate that so very much!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This soup is absofreakinglutely AMAZING!!! It’s just as good the next day too. Very well laid out instructions. Thanks for making it easy!

    • Hi Mary! YES!!!!!! We are over-the-moon happy to hear you had such great success with the roasted tomato basil soup! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the fabulous review!!! We appreciate that so so so much!!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    The BEST tomato soup. I love the combo of roasted tomatoes and san marzano tomatoes. I sometimes use coconut milk instead of cream and it works well. Perfect soup for a rainy day.

    • Hi April! Thank you so much! We’ve done coconut milk, too, and it really is still delicious. It’s all about those roasted tomatoes!! And couldn’t agree more about it being so perfect on a cold rainy day. Thanks so much for letting us know and for the awesome review! Stay warm, stay safe, and stay in touch!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Delicious! Only change I made was to add a spoonful of pesto to each bowl. We had this for dinner tonight with grilled cheese paninis. Yum!

    • Hi Mary Beth! Yum!! We LOVE that you put a spoonful of pesto in each bowl. Brilliant and delicious! And paired with grilled cheese paninis? Okay…we’re starving!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! Can’t tell you enough how much that means to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and SO EASY!! Thanks for a great weeknight meal! I’m already excited to have it again for lunch tomorrow!

    • Hi Chloe! Woo hoo!! We are so so happy to hear you loved the roasted tomato basil soup! It’s so comforting, right? Thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review! Means the world to us!! Stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    The end of the growing season is upon us so I have made 3 batches of this soup in the last week! I hope freezing it doesn’t change the taste because it is AMAZING! Even my Campbell’s tomatoes soup loving husband is a big fan. The croutons in the story part of your post were the “topping on the cake”.

    • Hi Melissa! You’ll be okay when freezing the soup. Sometimes heavy creamy soups don’t freeze as well, and become a little grainy when thawed. But, this isn’t heavy on the cream, and you should be great!! So glad you and your hubby love the soup!! And thank you SO MUCH for letting us know!! We appreciate that so so so much!!! And YAY for croutons!! Keep us posted on future kitchen endeavors!! Best, Kris & Wesley!

  • This was the best tomato soup I’ve had! Definitely will be making it again. Made grilled cheese to go with it. Nothing like dunking your sandwich into some yummy soup! Lol

  • 5 stars
    I’ve never left a review on a recipe before, but this is the best tomato soup I’ve ever had! My husband who, “doesn’t really like tomato soup,” said it looked like it belonged in a restaurant. We both loved it! Thanks for the tasty recipe!

    • Hi Emily!! That is so amazing to hear!! We are so glad you and your hubby love the tomato soup!! Thank you for letting us know and for the GREAT review!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    It is a cold and windy day out here on the prairie. I just made your soup and the whole house smells warm and comforting. And OH MY …the TASTE is FABULOUS. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    • Hi Carmen! That is fantastic!! So so happy you enjoyed the soup! We agree…it’s so warming and cozy! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! We truly appreciate that very much! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made this today and it was such a treat! I used half fresh and half dried basil and it tasted super flavorful. My husband doesn’t normally like tomato soup but he loved this. Add some grilled cheese sandwiches and it was perfect for a cold, rainy fall day. I’ll definitely be making this again once my basil plant regrows
    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

    • Hi Kelly! Woo hoo!! We are so glad you enjoyed the roasted tomato basil soup! It’s truly one of our favorites and we’re so happy you loved it, too. And we agree…the perfect match for grilled cheese sandwiches!! Thanks for letting us now and for the wonderful review. That means the world to us. All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Made this last night, and entire family said it was the best they’d ever had! I now make my meal plans to incorporate at least one or two new recipes from you guys. Your Mahi Mahi tacos are made at least once a month, if not more. Tomorrow night is your chicken fried rice and egg rolls (also on the monthly rotation) and then Friday night is the first time for your chicken and dumplings. I can’t wait!!

    • Hi Melissa!! You have no idea how happy that makes us to hear! We are over-the-moon happy that you had such success with the soup and that the family loved it!! WIN!!!! Excited to hear what you think of the chicken fried rice and egg rolls…wow!! can we come over? LOL!! And then chicken and dumplings!! You’ve got good taste!! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the wonderful reviews! That means the world to us!!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Exceptional soup! Came out so elegant in appearance and the taste was luxurious! Best tomato soup I’ve ever had. My mother-in-law had sent tomatoes (not Roma’s) from her garden in PA and I roasted them on convection in the toaster oven to cut time to 40 mins and they came out so rich. I also subbed half-n-half for the heavy cream and I think it came out great. I even tasted the soup before the cream and it could stand on its own. This will be a staple for my kitchen! Thank you!!

    • Hi Erin!

      Wow! Everything sounds like you delivered a pretty awesome soup! And we agree, the soup is so yummy even before you add the cream…but, hey…a little half and half makes things even better!! We are so happy you had success with the soup and thank you so much for letting us know! We truly appreciate that so so so much!! Please stay in touch! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Making this right now. The kitchen smells HEAVENLY. Thanks for the detailed instructions. It looks and smells divine.

  • 5 stars
    One of the best if not the best Tomato soup I’ve ever had!!! My kitchen smelled amazing during the process and it was just what I needed for today’s rainy day I. New York! Thank you❤️❤️

    • Hi Iryna! Woo hoo!!! We are so happy you loved the roasted tomato basil soup! And we agree, it’s the perfect soup for a chilly day in the Big Apple!! Thank you for sharing and for the wonderful review! We appreciate that deeply!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This was ah-mazing! Made exactly as recipe calls for. The good thing is it’s all mine. Son has problems with tomatoes so I get it all to myself. I think I will freeze a couple servings for a cold winter day. Thanks for spreading tasty joy.

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely Delicious! Thank you for the recipe, it was quick, easy and cozy. So excited to see more of your creations after finding you on Instagram too!

    • Hi Jamie!! Woo hoo!! So glad you enjoyed the soup!! And we are so glad you found us and hope you come back often and stay in touch!!! And thank you for the wonderful review! That means the world to us!!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • I’ve got a bumper crop of gorgeous romas that I’m picking now before winter settles in. Is it possible to roast them and freeze them for use later?

    • Hi Crystal! Well, first of all, we’re so jealous that you have a bumper crop of romas!!! That is so awesome! Yes, you can roast them and then transfer them to a freezer-safe container with a tight-fitting lid and freeze for later use. They’ll thaw just fine, and still be delicious in your soup!! Let us know how it all turns out!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Diana! That is so awesome to hear!! We are thrilled you had such great success with the roasted tomato and basil soup! And thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review! We truly appreciate that so very, very much!! Please stay in touch! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Absolutely outstanding just as is on the recipe! I changed heavy cream to half and half for my own caloric/fat preferences, but the spices/combinations were spot-on. And best of all? I found How to Feed a Loon on Pinterest. A forever fan!

    • Hi Erica!! That is SO AWESOME to hear!! We are so glad you found us and we found YOU!! And we are thrilled you loved the roasted tomato basil soup! And we often use half and half, too, when trying to watch the calories, and we agree…still super delicious! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the great review! We appreciate that very, very much!!! xoxoxo Kris & Wesley

  • Best tomato soup I’ve ever had. Made it a week ago and am making it again today!
    I made it just like the recipe called for, and it was delicious. I had fresh basil from my garden and tomatoes from a neighbor the first time. I had to buy everything from the grocery store today, so hope it turns out as good!

    • Hi Bonnie! So sorry for the delayed response! We are so thrilled you are loving our roasted tomato basil soup!! Nothing beats homegrown tomatoes and basil, but we bet you still got results with getting the produce from the market. Let u know how it turned out! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    The only thing I had to adjust was the roasting time – the first time I made this recipe, the tomatoes burned & practically evaporated in the oven. I suggest roasting the tomatoes for about 20-30 minutes and keeping a close eye on them so you don’t lose all the delicious juice!!!

  • Soup was fabulous. Will make again. Made jalapeño cheddar grilled cheese sandwich to go with it. So yummy. Thanks bunches

  • 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! It made for plenty of leftovers, which was still good the next day. I’ll definitely be making this more times

    • Hi Alexa! That is so wonderful to hear! We are so happy you loved the tomato basil soup! And we agree, we think it’s even BETTER the next day!! Thank you so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review! We truly appreciate that so so much!! Best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Gina! That is so great to hear and we are thrilled you loved the roasted tomato soup!! And yum!! Baked Swiss cheese sandwich! That’s livin’ the good life! Thanks so much for letting us know! We truly appreciate that!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Vanessa, yes, you can! You won’t get quite the creamy, luxurious texture that you get with dairy, but you’ll still have a very delicious soup. We’ve had other cooks use non-dairy, and had really great results. Let us know how it turns out! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • We are quarantined for the next 14 days due to COVID. We have a LOT of tomatoes from our garden, but no canned tomatoes. How could we substitute that with fresh tomatoes?

    • Hi there! First and foremost…we hope you are well and safe! You can go with all fresh tomatoes. Simply double the amount of fresh tomatoes and don’t use the canned. You can use as many fresh tomatoes as you like…it will be amazing. You just will have to adjust a little with the amount of cream and salt. You’ll know as you go, though!

      • 5 stars
        Love your video!! I roasted the garlic cloves and sliced onion with the tomatoes. Excellent soup!! Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  • Just finished making your recipe and it’s amazing ! I have so much basil in my garden , this was the perfect
    way to use some. Was enjoyable to put together too, the aromas ! From roasting tomatoes and chopped basil . . .heavenly ! Pairing it later today with Southern Grilled Cheese sandwiches. ( grainy bread, pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes and hot pepper jelly, YUM ) Thanks so much .

    • Mary Beth!! Wow! Our mouths are watering reading your comment! Sounds like you have a feast that was incredible! And we are so glad you had such great success with the tomato basil soup. And with fresh homegrown basil…the BEST!! And thank you so much for letting us know! All the best!! Kris & Wesley

  • Did you mean to print that we should roast the tomatoes at 375 for an hour? I just used the precious last of my home grown tomatoes and after 40 minutes in the oven I checked on them and they were burnt to a crisp. So disappointed..

    • Pamm! We are so so sorry to hear this!! They should have slowly roasted until very soft and even slightly charred, but not burnt. We worked hard at making this recipe was just right, so I wish we could figure out what happened!

  • 5 stars
    Quite possibly the best soup ever. I’m obsessed. I think I may make the base and freeze it for the winter and then add cream when reheating. So, so, SO delicious!!!!

  • Hi! I’m a Weight Watcher so wondering what is the best lower fat/calorie substitute for the heavy cream/whole milk (without sacrificing too much of the creamy flavor)? Also, what is the serving size for this recipe? I’m so looking forward to trying this and really get into the fall spirit!!!

    • Hi Kristen! You could use non-fat, non-flavored almond milk, and still get delicious results. You’ll get 4 medium-sized bowls of soup from this recipe. It’s so good! Let us know when you make it and what you think! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This was fabulous! Roasting the tomatoes made all the difference. It was easy, if a bit time consuming. Well worth the effort. Will try doubling the recipe next time. A keeper!

  • 5 stars
    We had to do an early clean out of our garden because of snow so I had oodles of romas. This was the perfect fall recipe for our chilly weather today! Tomato basil is my husband’s favorite and we both gave two thumbs up. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be keeping this one!

    • Hi Megan! We can’t believe you got snow! But, it’s bound to happen! Well, most importantly, we are thrilled you were able to put those amazing garden-fresh tomatoes to good use! We are so glad you enjoyed the recipe and thank you so much for letting us know…and for the awesome review! That means the world to us!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Using fresh from the garden Roma tomatoes which are considerably smaller than what you show in the video. Do you have a weight measurement for me to rough out the amount? TYIA
    You guys are great!

    • Andra!! I AM SO SORRY!!! I just realized I never replied to you! Well, it’s probably too late, but we use about 2½ lbs of fresh tomatoes. Sorry again for the extra delayed response!!

  • This soup is AMAZING!! I am in the process of making my second pot which I will can and save for the middle of winter. I am using my own garden tomatoes and herbs! Thank you so much for the recipe.

  • Is there any possible way to use non-dairy creams or milks such as almond or coconut? Or would that make it turn out funny tasting? Thanks!

    • Hi there! So sorry for the delayed response! Sure! We would recommend almond milk. Coconut milk would give too strong of a flavor. Obviously, cream and whole milk give a bit more of a luxurious taste and texture, but this soup is so loaded with taste, you’ll still have wonderful results with non-flavored almond milk. Let us know if you try it and what you think! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Holy cow was this delicious! I think that I found my new favorite food recipe bloggers. Your videos crack me up. This was probably tops for one of the most delicious soups that I have ever made and it was so simple! Roasting the tomatoes makes all of the difference in the world. The soup was the perfect consistency and thickness and I almost doubled the recipe because I had so many Roma tomatoes. Well done! I cannot wait to keep browsing more recipe ideas that come to my email now. The brownies that just came this week look almost sinful and may be my next try. Thanks for sharing your recipes and such funny and uplifting videos. A true pleasure to watch you two try to cook together.

    • Diane, thank you SO MUCH!! We are thrilled you love the roasted tomato soup! We are crazy about that soup, too!! We are so glad you found us and please stay in touch!! Thanks for letting us know about the recipe and especially for the wonderful review! That means the world to us!! All the very best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I have never commented on anything I have made before. This was absolutely delicious! Read so many recipes and chose yours from comments. So happy I did.

    • Hi Lisa! That is absolutely awesome!! So so glad you had success with the tomato soup! That is truly one of our all-time favorites. Thank you for letting us know and for the GREAT review! That means the world to us! Stay in touch and all the best, Kris & Wesley

  • Yall need your own food network show! Loved watching you guys! I have 8 teenage boys that I’m going to cook this for this weekend! I can’t wait!!

  • 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it was an absolute hit even with my son that’s extremely fussy. The flavors were amazing and really easy to make. The only downfall is that it definitely did not feed 8 so the yield seems to be incorrect but in future I will double up on ingredients. Will certainly be making it again real soon.

  • 5 stars
    I love this soup!! I have never had tomato soup before….I know…weird. The combination of flavors are wonderful. My daughter is going to enjoy this for dinner tonight with a grilled cheese.

    • Hey there, Tiffany! We are so thrilled that your first venture with homemade tomato soup was with us! Sounds like you hit it out of the park and we truly hope your daughter enjoyed it, too, and yes yes yes to serving it with grilled cheese! Yum! Thanks so much for letting us know and for the wonderful review. That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Best tomato soup I’ve ever made! Thanks for the recipe! Followed precisely except low sodium vegetable broth subbed for chicken.

    • Hi Diana! Low sodium veggie broth is a fantastic substitution! So glad you enjoyed the soup and thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review. That means the world to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

    • Hi Sara! You could certainly omit the cream. The cream adds a bit luxuriousness to the soup, but it would still be delicious with out it. You could even sub milk or half and half, and that would be good. Let us know what you go with and how you like it!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • A question. I roasted and blender tomatoes last fall. Then I put them in the freezer. Can I measure these out and add the rest of the ingredients? Can’t wait to see a reply.

    • Absolutely!! Roasted tomatoes do freeze nicely. Just let them thaw and then proceed with the recipe as written. Let us know if you have any other questions and how it turns out!! Best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    Hands down, one of the best tomato basil soup I‘be had, period. Tastes just as good, or better than similar soup at top restaurants – no kidding. I stuck to the recipe and used all fresh ingredients. Yum! So glad I tried this recipe.

    • Dee!! That is amazing to hear! We are thrilled you enjoyed our tomato basil soup recipe! That is truly one of our all-time favorites, too. Thank you so much for letting us know and for the GREAT review. That means so so much to us!! All the best, Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    This soup was absolutely fantastic !! I wish I had i more of it to eat. We made for dinner last night and then ate the leftovers for lunch today. Soo soo good, thank you for sharing!

    • Hi Mayra! That is so AWESOME to hear and we are so so thrilled that you enjoyed the tomato soup so much! Thank you so very much for letting us know and the GREAT review! That means the world to us!! Please stay in touch! All the best!!! Kris & Wesley

  • 5 stars
    I was skeptical that this recipe for tomato soup was going to be the end to all end. After all, so many people say their’s is the best, when in reality, it’s just another … well, tomato soup. Like something you would taste out of a carton or can. The first spoonful of YOUR recipe sent me to the moon and back. So flavorful. Rich, Creamy and the spices!! Wow. I told my husband this recipe was so GOOD, that it should be served in restaurants. Oh, and did I mention easy to make??
    I now am in the process of removing all other Tomato Soup recipes that I’ve Pinned on Pinterest as there can’t be an equal. Oh, and by the way, I’ve enjoyed the video of you guys. You are great!

    • Sally!! You have no idea how happy you just made us!! We could not be more thrilled to hear that you had such HUGE success with our tomato soup recipe! Thank you SO SO SO MUCH for letting us and for the GREAT review!! We appreciate that so much! You and your husband stay safe and stay tuned…lots more yummy recipes on the way!! xoxo Kris & Wesley

      • 5 stars
        By far, one of the best roasted tomato soups I’ve made! Would hands down recommend to anyone! Thank you for helping me finally curb my pregnancy craving!!

  • 5 stars
    Wow! I made this for lunch today (along with some homemade bread for grilled cheese) and it was AMAZING!! Thank you so much for creating this recipe. I have been searching for this recipe for a long time!! It was definitely better than any restaurant soup I’ve ever had! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    • That’s so great to hear, Kristy! That is one of our all-time favorite soups, for sure. I really think the roasting the tomatoes is what puts it over the top. Thanks for sharing! And yes!! homemade bread for grilled cheese! You know how to do it right!!

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