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5-Ingredient Tomato Soup

This easy tomato basil soup recipe is made with just 5 simple ingredients, and is ready to go in under 20 minutes!

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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. 🙂

5-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe |

Yield: About 2-4 servings

5-Ingredient Tomato Soup

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


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.

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.

Season with salt and pepper if needed. Serve warm.

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  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • 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!

  • 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?

    Ali — October 21st, 2014 @ 8:11 pm
    You can use coconut milk. Or even some creamy avocado would be great in this soup.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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

    Ali — April 4th, 2015 @ 3:18 pm
    Thanks for your tips!

  • 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!!

    Ali — May 19th, 2015 @ 11:16 am
    Awesome, Lindsey! So glad you liked it, and were able to make it dairy free!

  • 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!!! 

    Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 24th, 2015 @ 8:58 am
    Thanks Lin, we’re so happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

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