Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup

My favorite tomato soup recipe! You wouldn’t think that three ingredients — butter, onion, and tomato — can come together to make such a velvety and delicious tomato soup, but let me tell you. They can. Jump to the Tomato Soup Recipe or watch our quick recipe video showing how to make it.

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How To Make The Easiest Tomato Soup From Scratch

This simple homemade tomato soup is quick, easy, and insanely delicious.

The soup is inspired by one of the most famous recipes out there — Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce. Butter, tomatoes, and onion are simmered until slightly thickened. Out comes the onion and the sauce is ready to be spooned over pasta.

It’s genius and absolutely delicious. We use the same three ingredients in this tomato soup, but add a little water and blend everything together just before serving.

Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe

Making The Soup

Here’s how to the best (and easiest) tomato soup:

Combine butter, onion, and tomatoes. Grab a Dutch oven or pot, place it over medium heat and melt the butter. Add half an onion that’s been cut into large wedges and a large can of tomatoes.

Add water or broth and simmer. Bring everything to a low simmer, add some salt and leave it alone for about 40 minutes. See how creamy it gets? That’s thanks to the butter.

Blend. I find an immersion blender is useful, but a blender works, too. Adjust the soup for seasoning then grab a bowl…and maybe a grilled cheese sandwich? This soup is also amazing topped with homemade croutons or served next to this easy buttery garlic bread.

Tomato Soup Ingredients
Tomatoes (canned or fresh), onion, and butter.
Cooking tomato soup
What the tomato soup looks like after adding water (or broth) and simmering.

What Tomatoes Should I Use

This tomato soup is excellent with canned tomatoes. I love using whole peeled tomatoes or crushed tomatoes. By the way, we love San Marzano Tomatoes and are always pleased with tomatoes from Muir Glen. Neither are watery and both taste great.

You can also use fresh tomatoes. You will need 10 to 12 whole tomatoes (or about 2 pounds). It’s best to peel them, but we have made the soup with unpeeled tomatoes.

A Quick Recap

This is your new favorite weeknight meal. Promise.

  • This tomato soup has three ingredients (plus water and salt).
  • Everything is tossed into a pan — no browning, no hovering over a stove.
  • You can use canned tomatoes — and should.
  • Did I mention there are only three ingredients?

What Our Readers Are Saying

If you don’t believe that our recipe helps you achieve perfect tomato soup at home, take a look at what our readers are saying about the recipe! More reviews are in the comments section below.

“WOW!! What a delicious and easy tomato soup, my three and one-year old were as thrilled as my husband and I were.” – Ashley

“This is the best tomato soup, hands down!! Cannot say that emphatically enough. Did not change a thing from the recipe and it was perfect. Couldn’t be easier to make.” – John

“Made this exactly as written. Oh my gosh, this was amazing!!!” – Dayna

Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup Recipe

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Recipe updated, originally posted October 2015. Since posting this in 2015, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear and added a quick recipe video. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup

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You only need three main ingredients to make this velvety, rich tomato soup recipe. This, friends is your new favorite weeknight meal.

Makes 2 generous servings

You Will Need

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 large onion, cut into large wedges

1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, we prefer to use whole peeled or crushed, see notes for fresh tomatoes

1 1/2 cups water, low sodium vegetable stock, or chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more to taste

Directions

    Melt butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven or large saucepan.

    Add onion wedges, water, can of tomatoes with their juices, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and add additional salt as needed.

    Blend the soup, and then season to taste. The soup doesn’t need to be ultra-smooth, some texture is a nice touch. An immersion blender does make quick work of this, or you can use a blender. If you use a regular blender, it is best to blend in batches and not fill the blender as much as you usually would since the soup is so hot. We like to remove the center insert of the lid and cover it with a kitchen towel while blending — this helps to release some of the steam and prevents the blender lid from popping off (which can be a big, hot mess).

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Can I use fresh tomatoes? Yes. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, you will need 10 to 12 medium tomatoes (or about 2 pounds). You can peel them, but we skip this step since we will be blending the soup in the end anyway.
  • Can I add basil? This soup is delicious with and without basil. Adding a handful of fresh basil at the end before blending the soup is a fantastic idea.
  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values. We have omitted salt since you will need to add to your tastes.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Serving Size Half of the recipe / Calories 348 / Total Fat 24.9g / Saturated Fat 14.8g / Cholesterol 61mg / Sodium 1485.4mg / Carbohydrate 29.6g / Dietary Fiber 4.5g / Total Sugars 15.4g / Protein 7.8g
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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447 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Peter June 17, 2020, 5:37 pm

    Fantastic recipe, really enjoyed it and can highly recommend trying. One question from me, is there any way of reducing the calories by substituting the butter. I want to use it on a 5:2 diet

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  • Harriet June 16, 2020, 7:01 am

    So so good! If you’re from the UK and love Heinz tomato soup this is so similar but of course way better. I added a squeeze of honey to resemble that Heinz sweetness and it went down a treat. Thank you for the delicious recipe!! 🙂

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  • susan martin June 12, 2020, 11:24 am

    I had a taste for tomato soup (not canned) and found this recipe. I only had one can of the tomatoes required but I did have 2 cans of Rotel! OMG ist was delicious, if you want to spice this recipe up a notch, I highly recommend it!

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  • Kumar June 2, 2020, 9:27 pm

    The best tomato soup i ever made. It tasted exactly like the one i eat at Panera Bread. Thank you so much for the recipe and it is so easy to make. If you haven’t tried it you should – it takes less than 15 mins and almost no mess 🙂

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  • Safiya May 28, 2020, 1:14 pm

    I just made this for the first time and wow, so tasty! Other than adding a little bit more water, I followed the recipe to the T. I used a can of whole tomatoes that came with herbs and spices already mixed in as well. Paired it with a grilled cheese sandwich. Delicious!

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  • Kelly G. Aderholt May 23, 2020, 10:15 am

    I’ll never buy another can of tomato soup EVER. This was great. I used a can of Italian-style diced tomatoes using half recipe and it was great.

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  • Joanne Hooff May 17, 2020, 7:54 pm

    Best tomato soup EVER! I’m having my sister over tomorrow for lunch. She’s used to Campbell’s. She’s going to flip. Did everything following the recipe. Used chicken broth and I’m not sure it really made a difference. Going to serve the soup with grilled cheese on sour dough! ?

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  • Alexis May 14, 2020, 7:18 pm

    I literally LOVE THIS RECIPE!! I tried it for the first time tonight… the only thing I changed was adding 2 teaspoons of sugar (to reduce the acidity) and I added fresh parsley and chopped the onions instead of using wedges. I also added a table spoon of Parmesan cheese. The only thing I would change is not using as much onion. I feel it takes away from the soup. Highly recommend this recipe!

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    • Joy June 3, 2020, 11:25 am

      A pinch of baking soda will also reduce acidity without adding sugar.

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      • Harriet June 16, 2020, 7:02 am

        That’s a great tip!!

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  • Lisa May 10, 2020, 2:43 pm

    This tomato soup was delicious. It was my first time making homemade tomato soup, and I’ll definitely make this recipe again. It was so easy! I added about a half to 3/4 cup of milk, and used 15oz. of tomato sauce in place of half the water or broth. It made enough for two full bowls of soup plus I had a quart jar full of soup left over. Yum!

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  • Noel May 8, 2020, 7:57 pm

    Why cut the onion into large wedges instead of chopping them?

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    • Joanne May 9, 2020, 11:30 am

      It’s a bit quicker. You can cut the onions into smaller pieces if you’d prefer.

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  • Adi Loevsky May 7, 2020, 6:46 pm

    I have veganized this recipe by substituting vegan butter and I added fresh garlic, garlic and onion powder, and a handful of cashews to the pot.This soup has become a staple in my home for months now, it’s so delicious and easy!

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  • Billie May 3, 2020, 2:06 pm

    DELISH! I tripled the recipe and added dried basil. I did use chicken broth because I have “Better than Bouillon” as a staple in my fridge. Thank you for the super simple recipe! It worked out well for my inpromptu grilled cheese and tomato soup dinner party with the neighbors! My kids asked for seconds, so I will definitly save this recipe for the future!

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  • Natalia April 29, 2020, 6:58 am

    Ok so just a question, is there any way this recipe can adapt to fresh tomatoes instead of canned?

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    • Joanne April 29, 2020, 12:17 pm

      Hi there, We do provide instructions for using fresh tomatoes in the notes section of the recipe.

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  • Wanda April 26, 2020, 1:40 pm

    This was my first time making soup, let alone tomato soup. Absolutely spectacular! Super delicious modifications I made: I cut back on the butter and instead added some white cheddar powder, garlic powder, sugar (I used fresh tomatoes but they were very tart).Super easy and enjoyable for the whole family!

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  • Elly April 21, 2020, 7:15 pm

    I’ve made this soup many times – it’s so good and so so easy! I love that it’s made with pantry staples and requires minimal chopping. I usually add some garlic, parsley flakes and a bay leaf. I imagine it’s good without, that is just my preference 🙂

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