Creamy Tomato Soup

This homemade tomato soup recipe is the ultimate comfort food! Secretly vegan, this soup has a smooth, creamy texture from blended chickpeas.

Creamy tomato soup in bowls (vegan)

Here’s to a new year! This year, like every year, I have no New Year’s diet resolutions other than continuing to eat delicious, wholesome food with some room for fun foods. Just like this vegan tomato soup (wholesome) with grilled cheese croutons (fun!). It’s all vegan, but I promise you won’t know it because this soup is so creamy even though there is no actual heavy cream or butter. We’re partnering with ALDI on this post because they carry delicious organic produce and some A+ pantry staples as well.

But now for this tomato soup recipe! Tangy from the tomatoes, creamy from the chickpeas, and so so satisfying, this vegan tomato soup is so SO good. I’d say yes to a bowl of it every day of the winter. Even Jack, who is not the biggest fan of tomato soup, could not get enough.

Homemade tomato soup recipe ingredients on marble

My Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe Ingredients

Because it’s winter, I intended to make this soup using only canned tomatoes, but when we got to ALDI, their organic fresh tomatoes just looked so darn good. I decided to make this a roasted tomato soup with a combination of both fresh and canned tomatoes. Here’s what else is hiding inside:

  • Roasted onion and garlic add an irresistible, caramelized depth of flavor.
  • Chickpeas are the secret ingredient! They make this vegan tomato soup lusciously creamy without any dairy.
  • Balsamic vinegar makes it deliciously tangy.
  • Fresh thyme adds a lovely herbal note, but a handful of fresh basil would be great too.
  • Maple syrup balances the balsamic and tomatoes’ tangy flavors.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil adds richness.
  • And a dash of red pepper flakes spices it up.

Homemade Tomato soup recipe ingredients

How to Make Tomato Soup

This easy tomato soup recipe can be broken down into two main steps: 1. Roast and 2. Blend.

Here’s how it goes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and roast the garlic, onion wedges, and whole tomatoes until tender and browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Transfer the roasted veggies to a blender and add the other ingredients.
  3. Blend to creamy perfection!
  4. Top with the grilled cheese croutons, if using, and enjoy!

How to make tomato soup

Homemade Tomato Soup Serving Suggestions

The vegan tomato soup is delicious on its own, but the fun, yummy grilled cheese croutons really take it over the top. I used ALDI’s Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Bread and their Earth Grown Vegan Shredded Cheese, but you could also use dairy cheese if you’re not vegan. I do have to tell you that I’m so excited about this vegan cheese because: 1 – it tastes really good, 2 – it actually melts great, and 3 – it’s so affordable!

If you don’t feel like making the croutons, pair this soup with a regular grilled cheese sandwich or good crusty bread. It would also be great with a hearty salad like this kale salad, this arugula salad, this farro salad, or this beet salad. A different sandwich, like this caprese sandwich, this avocado sandwich, or this veggie BLT, would be good too.

Vegan Tomato Soup w/ Grilled Cheese Croutons

Creamy Tomato Soup (vegan)

If you love this roasted tomato soup recipe…

Then you have to try this many-veggie soup, this butternut squash soup, this carrot soup, or this asparagus soup next!


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Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

 
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Homemade tomato soup + grilled cheese croutons = the ultimate winter comfort food. This soup has no nuts or dairy: it's creamy from blended chickpeas!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 3 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 4 medium fresh tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced into quarters
  • 1 (14-oz) can Happy Harvest Diced Tomatoes w/ Basil, Garlic & Oregano
  • ⅓ cup Dakota's Pride Garbanzo Beans, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon Specially Selected Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Specially Selected 100% Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon SimplyNature Extra Virgin Olive Oil, more for drizzling
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon Stonemill Crushed Red Pepper flakes
  • Heaping ½ teaspoon Stonemill Sea Salt
  • freshly ground Stonemill Black Pepper
for the croutons:
  • 8 slices SimplyNature Knock Your Sprouts Off Sprouted 7 Grain Bread
  • heaping ½ cup Earth Grown Vegan Mozzarella Style Shreds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wrap the garlic cloves in a piece of foil and place it on the baking sheet along with the whole tomatoes and the onion wedges. Drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the tomatoes and onions are well browned. Peel the garlic and transfer the roasted vegetables to a blender.
  3. Reduce the oven heat to 400° F and line the baking sheet with a fresh sheet of parchment paper.
  4. Make the croutons: Sprinkle 4 slices of the sprouted bread with the vegan shredded cheese (don't pile too high in the middle or the croutons will be too melty to slice). Top with the remaining bread slices to make sandwiches and drizzle the outsides of the bread with olive oil. Bake until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown, about 8 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing into croutons so that the cheese doesn’t ooze out when you cut it.
  5. To the blender, add the canned tomatoes, garbanzo beans, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, thyme leaves, 1 tablespoon olive oil, red pepper flakes, ½ teaspoon sea salt, and freshly ground pepper and blend until creamy (a Vitamix is ideal here. If using a regular blender, just blend longer!). Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. At this stage, the soup should still be hot. If not, pour it into a pot to reheat it.
  6. Serve the soup with the croutons (some in the soup, some on the side) and additional fresh thyme, red pepper flakes, and chickpeas, if desired.
Notes
note: This soup serves 4 if you serve each bowl with 1 sandwich worth of grilled cheese croutons (as written). If you make the soup without these substantial croutons, it makes 3-4 smaller side-dish servings. Serve with a salad or double the recipe to serve more.

Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten free bread.

Special thanks to ALDI for partnering on this post. Click here to find a store near you!

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  1. christine
    01.11.2018

    I see my old self in your description of your college self 🙂 Funny what we can live through, eh? Thanks for the super recipe! I look forward to trying it out!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.11.2018

      ha yes, I love lemons but can’t recommend the lemon-only diet 🙂

  2. Rachel
    01.11.2018

    If you have room in your freezer, you can freeze quartered roma-type tomatoes from the summer glut. I grow my own, but you can get them from a local farmers market when in season. I used to can them but it is a million times easier (and less hot) to just freeze them in bags.
    I then use them all winter long for chili, sauce, soups – anything that calls for canned tomatoes, I throw them in. The best part, when defrosting, the skins will come right off. I am fine with the skins (think they add more tomato flavor) but to your taste.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.11.2018

      thanks for the tip!

  3. Ora
    01.11.2018

    How would you adapt this to using canned tomatoes? Should they still be roasted in the oven?

  4. sue
    01.11.2018

    Step 2 says to reduce the oven temperature to 400oF, but I can’t seem to see what the original temperature was when roasting the veggies in step 1. What am I missing?
    Thanks for another delicious recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.11.2018

      fixed! thanks for pointing that out!

      • sue
        01.11.2018

        thanks for clarifying 🙂 Going to make some right now.

  5. Amanda Wise
    01.11.2018

    Omgosh this looks amazing!! And VEGAN cheese at Aldi 😱😱😱 #runstoaldirightaway I hope my local Aldi carries it!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.11.2018

      I think all of the stores just started carrying it this January – we really like it, I hope you do too!

  6. Gaby Dalkin
    01.11.2018

    GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS?!?! This recipe is pure genius!

  7. Addie from thebougecruise.com
    01.12.2018

    Excited to cook this this week – have been looking for a tomato soup for awhile that had complex flavor but not a boatload of heavy cream (could’ve tried coconut milk but for some reason tomato soup with coconut milk felt wrong to me – I’m sure I’m off base about that since I love a curry…) and I bet the chickpeas are perfect, plus making it an actual meal with staying power. Looking forward to this.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.12.2018

      Hi Addie, I hope you enjoy the soup! I have tried tomato soups with coconut milk and it’s really good too 🙂

  8. EIleen from eileensim.wordpress.com
    01.12.2018

    The grilled cheese as crotons is genius!

  9. Karin from geld-lenen-van-particulier.nl
    01.13.2018

    Looks good to me! 😉

  10. Ginger
    01.14.2018

    Terrrific recipe, thank you! And what a great way to use up the sprouted grain hamburger buns in the freezer. 😉

  11. fi
    01.15.2018

    Soooooh creamy and delicious on a rainy day – or any day! Didn’t have chickpeas to hand, which is unusual, so tried a couple of handfuls of cous cous instead. A bit wary putting it in blender, as don’t like to mess around with recipes too much. Seemed to work just as well. Your soups are just the best around. Thank You!

  12. Hi Jeanine
    I just happen to come to your blog from pinterest. your images and recipes are so amazing, that I couldn’t help but write a comment. You are doing an amazing job. You just inspired me to cook more! I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  13. Andrea
    01.15.2018

    Do you think a food processer will work here?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.15.2018

      it’ll be a chunky soup vs. a creamy soup – I bet it will still be delicious even though the texture will be pretty different. Hope that helps!

      • Andrea
        01.16.2018

        Thanks. I don’t have a VitaMix and was afraid my blender wouldn’t be able to handle it but it was fine in my blender. The soup was amazing!

  14. Who knew…chickpeas. I’ve got all these things in my kitchen…no fresh tomatoes…so canned will have to do the trick. How quick and easy and I’m sure will be full of flavor. Since I’m trying to pump the brakes on my bread addiction I think I’ll add some pepitas to the top for a bit of crunch. Thanks for the post!

  15. Ashley
    02.06.2018

    Hi,

    This recipe looks great. This year, I have been in such a Soup mood. I have yet to find a homemade tomato soup recipe that I want to make over and and over again. I’m hoping this will be that recipe!

    I have a question about blending. How would you adapt the recipe if you used an immersion blender rather than blending the soup in a vitamix or other free standing blender? I prefer thick soups so I do not mind if it does not come out completely smooth like in the pictures. I appreciate any insight you may have!

  16. Kristin
    02.07.2018

    yum! i love tomato soup but i don’t think i’ve seen a recipe that throws chickpeas in the mix. i’ll definitely have to try it!

  17. Lyana
    03.06.2018

    If I don’t have any fresh tomatoes, could I still make it? Maybe add some more canned tomatoes?

  18. Diana
    04.21.2018

    absolutely delicious! We will definitely be making this soup again!!!!

  19. Pranjali
    12.30.2018

    This recipe was amazing and came out delicious! I’m in my late 20s and always have been scared to cook by myself. Last week I saw this recipe and since tomato soup is my favorite, I got the courage to get these very few ingredients and put it together. It came out great and I feel so accomplished. Thank YOU!

  20. Courtney
    01.06.2019

    Hi!! Would an immersion blender work here?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.06.2019

      Yep! It won’t be as smooth as using a high speed blender, but it’ll be delicious nonetheless 🙂

  21. Molly
    05.08.2019

    This recipe seriously makes THE most delicious tomato soup ever!! And it’s so so easy. I love that I have all of these ingredients in my kitchen and can easily make. Highly recommend trying!!

  22. Veronica
    10.22.2019

    Delicious! The soup alone is truly an under 30 minute recipe. I paired this with Love and Lemons’ Tomato, Basil, and Artichoke Picnic Sandwich.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.23.2019

      And I’m so glad you loved the soup along with it!

  23. April
    11.19.2019

    So good! And easy! I had some leftover giant white beans in tomato sauce so i used that instead of chickpeas.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.21.2019

      I’m so glad you loved it!

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