Cream of Tomato Soup recipe with basil cheese on toast (2024)

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Rich and creamy, this tangy tomato soup is warming and delicious. It's easy to make using tinned tomatoes plus some extra veggies. I love to serve it up with a side of melty cheese on toast topped with fresh basil for dunking.

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It's September, so I can finally start posting soup recipes again yay!
This is a recipe I first posted about 6 years ago, but I thought it deserved a comeback with some new photos and a video since it's one of my favourite soups.

Not only is it made with some extra veggies (sweet potato and red pepper), but I also love to serve this one with basil-topped cheese on toast that's been drizzled with a smidgen of Worcestershire sauce. So tasty!
Plus it also means this soup is filling enough to satisfy even the hungriest of appetites for dinner.

What do we need?

Most of the ingredients needed may well be in your store cupboard. First, you need the star of recipe - tinned tomatoes. Go with the best quality you can to ensure the soup is lovely and rich. I like to use tins of finely chopped tomatoes as they're less watery than regular chopped tinned tomatoes.
You'll also need sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, red bell peppers, vegetable stock, caster sugar, double cream, salt and pepper.

For the cheese on toast, pick up some bread (I'm using sourdough, but go for your favourite), mature cheddar cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and fresh basil.

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How to make Tomato Soup with Basil-Cheese Toast

Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.

  1. Saute the onions in a little oil until soft, then add in garlic, sweet potato and red pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add in tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, vegetable stock and a little caster sugar and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. While the soup simmers away, toast the bread, top with grated cheddar cheese and a drizzle of Worcestershire sauce and let melt under the grill.
  4. Once the soup is ready, run a hand blender through it and stir in the double/heavy cream.
  5. Garnish with chopped basil and serve.
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Other Recipes Using Tinned Tomatoes

Here are some delicious recipes that used tinned tomatoes:

  • Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake
  • If you want a tomato-rich dinner, try these Cheese and Tomato Tarts
  • One-pan Spaghetti and Meatballs
  • Brazilian Fish Stew
  • Spicy Chilli Lasagne
  • And a rich Creamy Tomato Salmon with Spaghetti


Can I use another cheese?
Yes of course. I like to serve this soup with a strong cheese, but you could go with whatever you prefer. Gruyere is a good choice, or even some tangy Lancashire cheese!

Why use tinned tomatoes in this recipe?
Tinned tomatoes are available throughout the year and are sometimes more economical than fresh tomatoes. Plus, tinned tomatoes have been picked while they're in their prime and perfectly ripe. Using tinned tomatoes in tomato soup is an easier way to get the best tomatoes in the market.

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Tomato Soup Recipe

By: Nicky Corbishley

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil cheese on toast - the added hidden veg means it's extra nutritious whilst still tasting indulgent!

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Prep Time 10 minutes mins

Cook Time 30 minutes mins

Total Time 35 minutes mins



  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion - peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic - peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato - peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper - deseeded and chopped
  • 3 x 400 ml (3 x 14 oz) tinned/canned chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 240 ml (1 cup) vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree - paste for US
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp double (heavy) cream
  • salt and pepper

Basil Cheese on Toast:

  • 6 slices thick cut bread
  • 150 g (1 ½ cups) mature cheddar cheese - grated
  • 6 shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil - chopped (ideally chop it just before serving)


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add in the onions. Cook on a low heat for 5-6 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.

    1 tbsp olive oil, 1 large onion

  • Add in the garlic, sweet potato, and red pepper and cook for 2 minutes.

    3 cloves garlic, 1 medium sweet potato, 1 large red bell pepper

  • Add in the tins of tomatoes, stock, tomato puree, and sugar. Bring everything to a gentle bubble, then simmer for 20 minutes, stirring every so often, until the sweet potato is tender.

    3 x 400 ml (3 x 14 oz) tinned/canned chopped tomatoes in juice, 240 ml (1 cup) vegetable stock, 1 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tbsp caster sugar

  • Whilst the soup is simmering, lightly toast your bread on both sides under the grill.

    6 slices thick cut bread

  • When lightly browned, split the grated cheese between the slices of toast and add a shake of Worcestershire sauce to each piece.

    150 g (1 ½ cups) mature cheddar cheese, 6 shakes of Worcestershire sauce

  • Place the toast back under the grill until melted and bubbling.

  • At this point, your soup should be ready. Turn off the heat and blend the soup using a hand blender. Stir in the cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.

    4 tbsp double (heavy) cream, salt and pepper

  • Split the soup between 6 bowls and serve with the cheese on toast. Sprinkle the cheese on toast with the chopped basil right before serving.

    3 tbsp fresh basil


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✎ Notes

Can I make it ahead?

Yes, you can make the soup ahead, then quickly cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
Reheat in a saucepan until piping hot.
I wouldn't recommend making the cheese on toast ahead - it taste so much better when eaten fresh.

Can I freeze it?

Yes. Quickly cool, cover and freeze the soup - ideally in individual portions. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight, then reheat in a pan until piping hot.
As above, make the cheese on toast right before serving.

Can I scale this recipe down for fewer servings?

Yes, you can scale the recipe down using the same ratios. The soup freezes well though, so if you stick to the ratios in the recipe, you can freeze the rest for later.

Nutritional Information is approximate, per serving, including cheese on toast.


Calories: 368kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 14gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 794mgPotassium: 788mgFiber: 7gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 7320IUVitamin C: 43mgCalcium: 270mgIron: 4mg

Keywords Autumn food, hearty soup, Homemade Soup

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This recipe was first posted in December 2014. Updated September 2020 with new photos, video and tips.

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  1. Jo walsh says

    Cream of Tomato Soup recipe with basil cheese on toast (18)
    I’m terrible at making soups, this however was so easy and deliciously satisfying. I’ll be 100% making it again in the winter months xx


  2. Cathy Cagney says

    Cream of Tomato Soup recipe with basil cheese on toast (19)
    Everyone here just loves this soup! 😋


  3. John Williams says

    Wow! My wife and I agree that this is just the best soup ever! And I'm not that into soup.


  4. Linda says

    Can you replace the tinned tomatoes with fresh ones (have a lot at the moment)? What weight would I need? Thanks


    • Nicky Corbishley says

      Hi Linda, yes, you can replace the 3 tins of tomatoes with about 3 pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes.
      It's usually preferable to peel the tomatoes first (as the skins can be a little bitter), but you can leave the skins on if you prefer.
      If you did want to peel them, then I'd recommend slicing a little cross into the base of each tomatoes, placing in boiling water for 10-20 seconds, then removing with a slotted spoon and placing in an ice bath. This makes it much easier to remove the skins.


  5. Mike says

    Sorry Nikky but homemade tomatoe soup has to be made with your own grown tomatoes which you have cared for through the growing season
    Tinned tomatoes of which ever quality do not wash with me

    You should have shown people how to peel their own tomatoes in your video


  6. Kath says

    Cream of Tomato Soup recipe with basil cheese on toast (20)
    Love this twist of Tomato and Basil soup. I too love leftover cottage pie for breakfast!


  7. Lucie says

    Sounds great! Would it be possible to leave the cream out and still have a great taste?


    • Nicky Corbishley says

      Hi Lucie, It will still taste good, but will be more tangy than creamy. If you want to lose the cream, i'd recommend cooking some red lentils or a chopped up sweet potato in there to give it a bit of healthy creaminess.


  8. Saz says

    I will try it then ! Also I wanted to let you know that I made the creamy chicken soup again yesterday for a friend that was feling a bit down. She said it was one of the best comfort -food she ever had. Your receipts bring joy ! thank you. Trying your chickpeas and lemon soup this week ! I can't wait !!


    • Nicky Corbishley says

      You've left me with a big grin on my face. Thanks Saz 😀


  9. Saz says

    Absolutely stunning ! After trying your delicious creamy chicken soup I thought i'd give a go and try this one. I regret NOTHING. Creamy, sweet, warm... perfect! Usually I find tomato soup a tad bit too acidic but not this one at all. Thank you so much.


    • Nicky Corbishley says

      Thank you for coming back and letting me know how it went Saz. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂


      • Saz says

        I really did ! And I still had some left today. I just reheated it slowly and added a bit more water to see what it would tast like with a slightly more liquid form ( i tend to like my soups thick) and it was absolutely delicious still :).
        Also I would love to have your opinion on adding just a dash of basilic-infused olive oil on the soup.

      • Nicky Corbishley says

        Absolutely, I bet the basil olive oil would taste great! I was just thinking about swirling some pesto in it 🙂

  10. Nutty Nutritionist says

    This is beautiful! I was wondering how your tomato soup got so orange, but I see that it has sweet potato in it!


    • Nicky Corbishley says

      That's the trick 🙂 It helps to give the soup a lovely smooth, velvety consistency too.


Cream of Tomato Soup recipe with basil cheese on toast (2024)


Why do people eat grilled cheese with tomato soup? ›

Though tomato soup had been circulating among kitchens since the mid-1800s, the marriage of the cheesy sandwich served with the bowl of soup didn't occur until World War II. Military families and sailors turned to the meal for sustenance, and soon, the combination found its way into civilian society.

Is there a difference between tomato soup and cream of tomato soup? ›

But what about cream of tomato soup? Any “cream of” soup, tomato included, is pureed like a normal soup but then goes through a “creaming” process, wherein cream is added to the mixture. Cream of tomato soup is actually cooked at a much lower temperature than normal tomato soup.

Can you add cream to tomato soup without curdling? ›

To thwart the curdling tendency, changing procedures will render a smooth tomato soup. Heat the tomato mixture and cream separately, then slowly add tomatoes to the cream near the end of the cooking process. Once mixed, heat the mixture gently to 180 degrees. Do not boil.

Is grilled cheese and tomato soup unhealthy? ›

The combination is high in flavor but low in calories (about 100 calories per serving) and can be enjoyed slightly chilled or warm on a cool rainy spring day right next to your grilled cheese sandwich.

What country is grilled cheese and tomato soup from? ›

Grilled cheese and tomato soup is a simple American recipe consisting of a cheese sandwich that is grilled or seared until toasted and melty, which is then served with tomato soup. This is an easy-to-make quicker recipe that is great served for lunch or as a weeknight meal.

How healthy is cream of tomato soup? ›

Rich in antioxidants

Tomato soup is an excellent source of antioxidants, including lycopene, flavonoids, and vitamins C and E, among many others ( 3 , 7 ). Consuming antioxidants has been linked with a lower risk of cancer and inflammation-related diseases, such as obesity and heart disease ( 3 , 8 , 9 ).

When should you add cream to soup? ›

Cream is used to add richness to soup, as the extra fat makes it delicious. Be sure not to bring it to a boil, but rather, add it in at the last minute before serving. The best item to thicken a soup is some sort of starch, whether from flour, cornstarch, arrowroot, or even a lot of potatoes.

What makes a soup a bisque vs creamy soup? ›

Key Differences

Ingredients: Bisque is often made with seafood and enriched with heavy cream, whereas soup can be made with a wide range of ingredients, offering more versatility. Consistency: Bisque is consistently smooth and velvety, while soup can have a diverse range of consistencies, depending on the recipe.

How to fancy up tomato soup? ›

Add a can of diced tomatoes, a bit of cream, and torn fresh basil leaves. Swirl some red wine vinegar into the soup and serve with a stack of mozzarella and fresh basil leaves on a toasted baguette. Add a drizzle of pesto (homemade or store bought) and finish with toasted pine nuts and croutons.

Is tomato basil soup good for your stomach? ›

Digestive Health: The dietary fiber in tomatoes promotes digestive health and regular bowel movements. Fiber-rich foods like tomato soup can help prevent constipation and promote a healthy gut microbiome.

How to add cheese to soup without curdling? ›

Don't add the cheese all at once or you risk clumping. Sprinkle the cheese in, stir and when it's almost melted, sprinkle in more. A sure-fire way to prevent cheese from clumping is to toss it with some cornstarch before adding to the soup.

How do you add cream cheese to soup so it doesn't curdle? ›

Here's some tips to prevent curdling:
  1. Prepare a warm milk/flour mixture to add to hot soup.
  2. Stir some hot soup liquid into cold dairy product to temper it, then add to the soup.
  3. Do not boil the soup after adding any dairy product, especially cheese.
  4. Add acid to the milk instead of milk into the acid.
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What happens when milk is added to tomato soup? ›

The protein in milk is likely to clump together when it is exposed to acid or salt, causing curdling. There are a number of things one can try to help avoid this situation: For cream of tomato soup, try adding the tomato to the milk rather than the opposite, having both the milk and tomato hot when they are combined.

Is grilled cheese and tomato good for you? ›

Tomatoes are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that has been linked to several health benefits. They also add a juicy, acidic element to the sandwich that contrasts well with the cheesy, creamy goodness of the grilled cheese.

Is it normal to dip grilled cheese in soup? ›

Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the ultimate companion for grilled cheese sandwiches — tomato soup. Whether from a can or a 15-minute recipe lovingly passed down from one generation to the next, tomato soup brings just the right amount of acidity and freshness to the meal.

Why do you eat tomato soup when sick? ›

Boosts immunity

Some cultures use tomato soup as a home remedy for the common cold. In fact, its vitamin C and carotenoid content may stimulate your immune system ( 3 , 46 ). Research also shows that vitamin C may help prevent the common cold and reduce the duration and severity of cold symptoms ( 12 ).

What was grilled cheese called during the Great Depression? ›

The cheese dream, an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich, became popular in the U.S. during the Great Depression. U.S. government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling "American cheese filling sandwiches" during World War II.

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