12 Ways to Make Tomato Soup

By Kristin Donnelly Posted October 31, 2015

Tomato soup can be a luscious starter or a healthy comfort-food dinner. Here are 12 ways to make incredible tomato soup.

1. Chunky
Flavor your soup with onions and fennel. Puree half for a more rustic texture. 

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2. With beets
Make a riff on vegetarian borscht by blending beets and cumin into your tomato soup and top with crème fraîche; serve it pureed or chunky.

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3. With fresh tomatoes
Many tomato soups rely on cooked canned tomatoes; Jacques Pépin, however, uses fresh and brightens it up with basil oil

4. Creamy style
To round out the flavor of tangy tomatoes, add heavy cream to your soup base and top with buttery croutons

5. Smoky
Smoke tomatoes indoors with wood chips, a cast-iron skillet, a small rack and a sheet of foil. Then puree with cooked vegetables, herbs and a hit of horseradish. Even simpler, skip the wood chips and add smoked paprika to your soup.  

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6. With olives and feta
Turn your tomato soup into a riff on Greek salad, just like chef David Chang. 

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7. With fresh and canned tomatoes
To create a soup with layers of flavor, chef Alex Guarnaschelli cooks fresh tomatoes with sugar until they’re charred and adds a hit of Pernod. She then cooks canned tomatoes with garlic and fennel and purees it all together. 

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8. With roasted tomatoes
Roasting tomatoes concentrates their sweetness; it’s a good trick for using fresh tomatoes in the dead of winter. 
 
9. With shrimp
Elevate canned tomato soup by cooking it with jerk spices and adding some shrimp, rice and scallions
 
10. With buttermilk
For a no-cook soup, puree the best-quality fresh tomatoes with buttermilk and top with a cherry tomato salad.
 
11. With chickpeas and pasta
Turn your tomato soup into a main course by adding chickpeas and ditalini or other small pasta. 

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12. With miso
Whisk miso into a tomato-mushroom soup and stir in chunks of tofu. 

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Kristin Donnelly is a former Food & Wine editor and author of the forthcoming The Modern Potluck (Clarkson Potter, 2016) and the blog Eat Better, Drink Better. She is also the cofounder of Stewart & Claire, an all-natural line of lip balms made in Brooklyn.

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