Rustic Tomato Soup Recipe

August 28, 2020 (Last Updated: December 27, 2020) - As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

A simple and delicious Rustic Tomato Soup recipe. Whether you are a gardener and can pick beautiful tomatoes from your own garden or you have a great market where you have a great selection, this simple soup recipe is for you. From your garden to your belly, this easy creamy rustic tomato soup recipe has way more flavor than it should.

A bowl of Rustic Tomato Soup with some basil as a garnish on a white table

Rustic Tomato Soup Recipe Basics

I have been making this simple tomato recipe for years and is one of my favorites. Simple doesn’t mean it lacks flavor, as this soup has plenty of that. We take fresh garden flavors and then add in a little bit of comfort goodness in the form of butter and cream.

A bit of salt and pepper to finish this off and that is all you need for a great homemade soup. Whether you want to make a simple soup, are looking to level up your grilled cheese game, or just want awesome flavors, this rustic tomato soup is gonna make you come back to this recipe again and again.

I debated on even sharing this recipe, as it really is so simple. Ultimately, I decided that this is too good not to share and maybe people just are not aware of how simple a great tomato soup can be. You don’t need to be opening a can of condensed soup if you have some nice, fresh tomatoes.

What Kind of Tomato to Use?

Some recipes, like my Traditional Pasta Sauce Recipe, are a bit more meant for smaller tomatoes like roma or small garden tomatoes. For this recipe, I say use whatever you have on hand and is beautiful. I will use any tomatoes we have around for this recipe. From Roma to Big Boy… anything. Most importantly, you have some nice looking fresh tomatoes.

Blanching and Cleaning the Tomatoes

This might be the most difficult part of the recipe if that tells you how easy it is. If you have never peeled a tomato before, blanching is one of the most popular ways to make it happen. We bring water to a boil and then allow the tomato to sit in the boiling water for just a short amount of time.

Approximately one minute or until the skin of the tomato breaks open just a tad. We then transfer the tomato to a bowl of ice-cold water to stop the fruit from cooking further. Once cooled, you can usually remove the tomato skin very easy. Here is a video if you need some visual help.

You also want to core the tomato after the skin is removed.

Can I Skip Skinning Tomatoes for Rustic Tomato Soup?

Yes, but your end product won’t be quite as good. Not that the skin is bad, but it doesn’t cook into the soup and the skin ends up being little curlies in the soup. It doesn’t make the soup taste bad, but I would say it can detract from the overall awesomeness of the soup.

Cooking the Tomatoes

This is really as simple as it gets. Put some butter in the bottom of a soup pan and let it melt. Add chopped tomatoes and just a bit of water, and let it stew for a while. That is it. During the cook, there are few different things you can try to make this soup your own.

Use Vegetable or Chicken Stock instead of Water for Rustic Tomato Soup

I generally use water, but if I happen to have chicken stock or vegetable broth around, I might use that instead. It can add a bit of extra flavor to the soup, but there really is plenty of flavor in this soup already.

Add Fresh Garden Herbs

This soup is a great way to use fresh garden herbs to add additional flavor. Basil, thyme, or oregano would all be great additions to this soup. Just be careful about adding too much. The star of this soup is the tomato and too much of one herb might overpower the recipe. If I add herbs, I would add them as soon as I add butter to the soup pot.

Smooth Soup Instead of Chunky Rustic Tomato Soup

I love the idea of just being able to cut up my tomatoes and go. Many people (my wife included) like smooth tomato soup texture and this recipe can accommodate this. It may add 10 more minutes to the cooking time, but that is no big deal, right?

About halfway through the cook, I will use an immersion blender to blend the chunked tomatoes. I allow them to cook for a while to soften the tomatoes. They seem to blend better after a little bit of cooking.

I also allow for a bit more time on the cook after blending, as the immersion blender seems to incorporate a ton of little bubbles into the soup. The extra cook time gives the dish an opportunity to smooth out a bit and the little bubbles to escape.

Creamy Tomato Soup

I add cream to this recipe and think it adds a ton of comfort to the dish. One interesting thing about cream and tomatoes is that if there is enough acidity in the tomato, the cream might curdle in the dish. To account for this, we add a tad of baking soda that tempers the acidity and prevents curdling.

When you add the baking soda, your soup will fizz up. Just make sure to use a pot that is big enough and stir it after add the baking soda.

Rustic Tomato Soup Process

Four panels of Rustic Tomato Soup Process descriptions

  1. Blanching the tomatoes right before peeling, coring, and chopping
  2. Quartering and chopping the tomatoes for soup
  3. Butter, tomatoes, and water in a soup pan and being brought to a simmer
  4. Adding Baking Soda to the tomatoes makes it fizz up.

Rustic Tomato Soup Tips Summary

  • The kind of tomato isn’t as important as having nice, fresh tomatoes.
  • You don’t have to peel the tomatoes if in a hurry, but it is recommended.
  • Add fresh herbs appropriate for tomatoes (oregano, basil, thyme) to the soup to enhance the flavor of your soup and make it a bit more your own.
  • Instead of adding water, try adding chicken stock or vegetable stock.

Two bowls of Rustic Tomato Soup on a white table

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Rustic Tomato Soup Recipe

A bowl of Rustic Tomato Soup with some basil as a garnish on a white table

A super simple, fresh, and delicious rustic Tomato Soup that will make everybody happy. Butter, cream, and of course tomatoes combine together to make this huge flavor profile with very few ingredients.

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Bowls 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Traditional


  • 2 Pounds of Tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Blanch, peel, core, and loosely chop tomatoes
  2. Melt butter over medium in deep soup dish
  3. Add tomatoes and salt
  4. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Add water and simmer for 10 more minutes
  6. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, stir. It will foam.
  7. Add cream immediately and stir
  8. Serve


  • Serving Size: 2 cups (1/2 prepared dish)
  • Calories: 442
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Sodium: 1335 mg
  • Fat: 40 g
  • Saturated Fat: 25 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 128 mg

Keywords: rustic tomato soup

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  • Reply
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)
    August 29, 2019 at 8:35 am

    This looks so comforting and perfectly ready for the fall season.

    • Reply
      August 29, 2019 at 10:53 am

      It is a great recipe and fortunately, our tomato plants are in full effect right now.

  • Reply
    August 31, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I made this tomato soup for dinner and it was the best ever! So easy, and so flavorful! My tomato soup will never come from a can again!

  • Reply
    September 6, 2020 at 4:06 pm

    Great late summer staple. I like to brown the butter or even skip the cream and make a roux instead. If you have a ricer you can skip the peeling / blending process and run the soup right through it towards the end to remove skin and seeds.

    • Reply
      September 7, 2020 at 9:17 am

      Chris… the ricer is a GREAT idea!

  • Reply
    September 21, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Made this soup and it was delicious. I doubled the batch and used a potato masher to break up the big chunks. This one is on my list to make again and again.

    • Reply
      September 21, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      Glad you liked it! During tomato season, it is a pretty regular lunch at my house.

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