Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

The weather in Atlanta did a major turnabout over the weekend. Saturday was stormy and windy and downright nasty. We had been so fortunate with beautiful warm and sunny days and then we were tossed right back into miserable, cold, and rainy weather.

Thankfully, this bad weather only lasted a day, so I guess I cannot complain. Sunday we went back to sunshine and warm temperatures. When we do have days like Saturday, it is nice to take advantage of the time indoors and get in the kitchen to prepare some comfort foods!

I had over purchased a bunch of tomatoes that were taking up counter space perfectly ripe, so I could either make fresh tomato sauce or make soup. Soup sounded like the better option, considering the dreary weather, so Roasted Tomato Soup it was!

I promise you that if you make this recipe you will never again buy that old canned stuff. This is so easy and so delicious…and it is so healthy! You will swear that there is cream in this soup and there is not one drop.

I used a combination of plum and campari tomatoes, but certainly any combination will work. When you roast the tomatoes, it totally changes the flavors and sweetens up the tomatoes, so even the old, tasteless tomatoes can become quite flavorful. Now, I will say, that these tomatoes were very ripe and pretty tasty on their own, so I had an exceptionally delicious soup!

If you like, you can add some fresh basil. I do not because then it reminds me of pasta sauce, but you may like the additional flavor.  I think this soup is delicious just as it is or with a dollop of creme fraiche.  Basil does make a nice garnish, even if you do not add it into the soup.

Once the tomatoes are roasted, I add the other ingredients and cook the soup in a Le Creuset Dutch.  I used an immersion blender to puree the soup because it gives a more rustic texture. You can also toss it in the blender for a smoother soup. If you want a really elegant version, strain the soup after you have pureed it.

Since I wasn’t feeling the love to fuss it all up, I very much enjoyed the rustic version. This is a great recipe to have stashed away in your file for all the beautiful tomatoes that are headed your way this Summer!

Roasted Tomato Soup

Serves 4-6


3 lb. tomatoes (I used Plum and Campari, but any combination will do)
1 lg. onion, sliced
7 cloves garlic
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 qt. low-sodium chicken broth or homemade broth (I use Swanson’s Organic Chicken Broth)
1 bay leaf (fresh, if possible)
Creme fraiche to garnish or any other toppings you prefer


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash and cut tomatoes in half (if you use anything smaller than a Campari tomato, leave it whole). You can core them, if you like (I did not). Place them on a large baling sheet with the onion, garlic and thyme. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies and sprinkle with Kosher salt and a few generous turns of freshly ground pepper. Give everything a toss. Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the veggies are carmelized.

Remove the thyme sprigs and pour the mixture into a medium sized stock pot or Dutch oven. Be sure to get all the juices. Add chicken broth and the bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, remove bay leaf and then puree by either an immersion blender or puree in a regular blender (for a smoother texture). You can also strain the mixture if you want a more elegant soup.

Check for seasonings. Serve immediately or refrigerate (no longer than 2-3 days) and reheat later.

Garnish with a dollop of creme fraiche or other toppings, as desired.

36 Responses to “Roasted Tomato Soup”

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    sweetlife — April 26, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    what a lovely soup, yes super easy, no need to buy the can version–I love the strike outs–haha


    • bunkycooks replied: — April 28th, 2010 @ 9:25 am

      Thank you!

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    Miriam/The Winter Guest — April 26, 2010 @ 3:28 pm

    I also love roasted veggies soups!

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    Devaki — April 26, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    What a fantastic soup and your pics Gwen are getting better and better by the day! Which saying a lot considering they were already fabulous.

    Yummy Gwen and so super healthy! I am definitely making this as part of my hip reduction regime! :)

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 28th, 2010 @ 9:27 am

      Thank you, Devaki!

      This soup is definitely easy on the hips. I know that I need to eat more things like this! 😉

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    Katie @ Cozydelicious — April 26, 2010 @ 4:40 pm

    I’m so excited that it’s summer and almost tomato season! I can;t wait for my garden to sprout some tomatoes so I can make this yummy soup!

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    pegasuslegend — April 26, 2010 @ 6:46 pm

    wow this looks fabulous and the picture is mouth watering for sure, love the look of the tomatoes and gorgeous basil……the smell must be fabulous as well!

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    Chef Dennis — April 26, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

    what a great way to make tomato soup, I never thought of roasting tomatoes for soup!
    the flavours must be incredible!!
    thanks so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

    its raining and miserable here now …could use some soup

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 28th, 2010 @ 9:29 am

      Roasting the tomatoes really makes them so much more flavorful. I even roast tomatoes with herbs as a side dish.

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    Patty Price — April 26, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

    I’m with you, your posts are funny and well organized, I love roasted tomato soup and our weather is changing too!

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    Drick — April 26, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

    beautiful tomatoes – and a lovely soup … looks nice and rich, full of wonderful flavor

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    5 Star Foodie — April 26, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

    Roasted tomato soup sounds fantastic! I’ve already gotten heirlooms in my store, so exciting!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 28th, 2010 @ 9:30 am

      I made this soup with heirloom tomatoes last season and it was really nice, but even these tomatoes made a lovely soup!

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    penny aka jeroxie — April 27, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    Such a simple and wholesome bowl of soup.

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    The Duo Dishes — April 27, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    The tomatoes are starting to look nice right now, but roasting them totally helps bring out the natural sweetness even more. Very homey.

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 28th, 2010 @ 9:32 am

      I hope the tomatoes start to get better here soon! The Plum and Campari tomatoes are some of the ones that have a nice flavor when they are ripe. The regular slicing tomatoes are not very good here (especially not right now).

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    Katie — April 28, 2010 @ 10:42 am

    Oh my gosh – this looks so wonderful! I have been roasting veggies a lot lately for salsa and other things and I agree! The flavor really intensifies! Can’t wait to try this!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 9:08 pm

      Thank you , Katie. Roasting veggies works so well for almost anything! It really is incredible what a difference it makes!

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    Karen — April 28, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    I made tomato soup last year with tomatoes from our garden and it was the best. You’re right about that canned stuff! I’m sure I’ll be making more this summer, and I’m going to roast them first.

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 9:09 pm


      Thank you for the comment. I hope you enjoy the soup! I am looking forward to making some next week…it is perfect for lunch!

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    Cristina @TeenieCakes — April 28, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    I love soups and tomato based ones at that. This looks like a delicious recipe and I’ll definitely be making this.

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 9:10 pm

      Hi Cristina,

      Maybe you can bring a BIG vat full of it to Camp Blogaway. 😉 Just kidding! I hope you like the recipe!

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    Cookin' Canuck — April 28, 2010 @ 11:12 pm

    Roasting the tomatoes is bound to give this soup plenty of flavor. So pretty!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

      Thank you, Dara!

      I love soups and will miss having them quite as often in the warmer months.

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    Des — April 29, 2010 @ 6:49 pm

    I’m notorious for buying tomatoes and then letting them go bad. So I went to tasty kitchen to look for tomato soup and there you were. These are just icky grocery store red tomatoes and the soup is wonderful! So easy, excellent instructions and yes, the smell is divine. Thank you!!

    • bunkycooks replied: — April 29th, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

      Hi Des,

      I am glad that you turned average tomatoes into awesome! It truly is amazing what roasting does for veggies. I hope your soup was as good as mine was! Thank you for your comment.


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    Jenn @ Defunkt Gourmet — May 1, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    I heart soups!!! And I do agree, canned soup is just not the same from what you can whip up at home. Would be great with some cheese dumplings. Well, I love cheese on most things…tee hee…

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    Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro — May 8, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

    I’m all over anything “rustic.” hehe

    And I’m a big fan of tomato soup – and REALLY like how you’ve done yours. We have about 7-8? tomato plants going in the backyard this spring… I suspect we’re gonna be dishing up a lot of tomato-based recipes soon!

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 8th, 2010 @ 10:58 pm

      I love this soup! It is sooo good and sooo easy! I need to over purchase some more tomatoes and make it again!

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    Daniel@ The Food Addicts — May 26, 2010 @ 12:20 am

    Yum! As soon as I get more tomatoes on my vines this is on the list.

    • bunkycooks replied: — May 26th, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

      HI Daniel,

      You need to make these while all the veggies are fresh. I used jarred sauce, but obviously, homemade sauce might be better.


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    Julie — September 4, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    hi! i found your recipe through foodgawker. here in peru we are just at the end of winter.. but its still cold. and winter seems to be trailing on forever. we made your tomato soup. and it was delicious! it was my friends first experience with tomato soup, and it won them over. thanks for sharing :)


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    marla {family fresh cooking} — February 17, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Loving this roasted tomato soup Gwen! Linking to it today :)

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    Ladin — January 19, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Thanks, what a great idea, roasting tomatoes! I also added some (bell) peppers to the tomatoes, roasted and peeled them. Also delicious :)

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    meredith — February 13, 2014 @ 8:44 am

    Wonderful recipe, just tried it even tho middle of winter here!
    but i did need to leave the tomatoes and onions roasting a bit longer but worth it. will make this again and again and again!

    • Gwen replied: — February 13th, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

      Hi Meredith,

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe. It is a great choice for the winter months since the roasting really helps bring out the flavor of the tomatoes. And yes, definitely roast them until you get the desired results.


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