Tomato soup seems like such an easy thing to get right that’s genuinely astounding how often people get it wrong.
For the most part, the trick is in mastering a few simple ingredients and learning not to overcomplicate things. But it can also be fun (not to mention delicious) to add a little extra flair sometimes. With this in mind, we’ve collected seven of our favourite tomato soup recipes here, from creamy to sharp, hot to the cold, and simple classics to gourmet show-stoppers.
Creamy tomato soup recipe
This deeply rich creamy tomato soup recipe takes just 20 minutes to make and only needs six ingredients – and half of those are just for seasoning (salt, pepper, oregano). It uses tomato sauce instead of fresh tomatoes (a good quality passata will do the trick), but what really brings everything together is the tang of the sun-dried tomatoes cutting through the cream. Add a drizzle of olive oil, some fresh oregano leaves, and a sprinkling of cracked black pepper to really make it pop.
Creamy roasted tomato soup recipe
You’ve probably heard people raving about the use of roasted tomatoes in soup, so here’s a great recipe for creamy – and vegan – roasted tomato soup. Giving your tomatoes some time in the oven first not only adds a sweet and smokey depth to your soup, but tomatoes are also one of very few foods whereby cooking will actually increase rather than decrease the nutritional content. That means a boost in vitamins A, B, C, K and E, as well as plenty of extra minerals.
Thick tomato soup with anchovy toast and smoked provola recipe
The first thing to know about this thick tomato soup recipe from chef Andrea Aprea is that he’s not kidding around when we say it’s 'thick'. We’re talking eat-with-a-fork thick. This is one to turn to when you’re really aiming to stun your dinner guests right from the start of a meal. They’ll probably think you’ve just served them a soufflé until taking that first luxurious bite. Don’t skip the anchovy toast and breaded smoked provola cheese though. They bring about an essential harmony to the dish and are truly worth the effort.
Cold tomato soup with pepper kebabs recipe
Sometimes you just have a craving for soup even when the weather is too hot for it. And on those days, it’s time to call upon gazpacho – the iconic Spanish chilled soup. We love this easy cold tomato soup recipe not only because it’s incredibly easy to make, but because the addition of raw pepper kebabs offers a satisfying side of crunch that makes it feel more like a satisfying, if very light, lunch. It just shows that gazpacho can be more than a glorified smoothie.
Cold tomato soup with salmon canapés
If you really want to take gazpacho to another level, then this cold tomato soup with salmon canapés recipe is the dish for you. Admittedly the soup itself plays a bit of a supporting role here (albeit an essential one), as the true hero is the canapé in the centre – a ring of sashimi-quality salmon filled with tuna tartare, which is then topped with shavings of Manchego cheese and a dollop of caviar. Go on, treat yourself.
Pappa al pomodoro Tuscan tomato soup recipe
When it comes to hearty tomato soups that are satisfying enough to be a meal in themselves, nowhere does it better than Tuscany. Some people might argue that this traditional Pappa al pomodoro is more of a stew than a soup, but who has time for those people? There’s a reason why this chunky tomato and vegetable soup has been enjoyed by Tuscans from ancient times to this day – it’s delicious, filling and cheap to make. Of course, the Tuscany region of Italy is also home to some of the world’s best-tasting produce, so while Pappa al pomodoro is a great way to use up some leftovers, you won’t regret splashing out on some high-quality fresh vegetables for it.
Tomato soup with goat cheese gnudi
If you haven’t tried (or even heard of) gnudi then it’s time to change that right now. Gnudi are essentially the ravioli of gnocchi – cute Italian dumplings traditionally stuffed with cheese and, sometimes, other ingredients. They’re best paired with a simple sauce or soup, as in the case of this flavourful tomato soup with goat cheese gnudi recipe. One of the best things about soup and gnudi is how adaptable it is between starter and main, depending on how many gnudi you use.