Looking for ways to enjoy more soup this season? Wait until you try this creamy balsamic roasted tomato soup recipe.

When the temperatures dip, I’m all about soup season.

It’s like a hug in a bowl, am I right?

There are so many different kinds of soups out there to make too.

This recipe is a go-to favorite for me when I’m craving something Italian but want a cozy soup recipe to feed my soul.

And the best part?

We’re making this creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe with a grilled cheese sandwich that dips well in this soup!

Wait until you try this delicious recipe for creamy balsamic tomato soup!

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Soup Season is the Best Season

I don’t know about you, but when the temperatures are chilly in the northeast, I make soup at least once a week.

It feeds a crowd and stores well in the fridge. Sometimes I lean towards comforting soups like this chicken soup homemade recipe.

Other times, I make quick, easy, and healthy soups like this spinach tortellini soup. If I want something a little heartier, I make soup with a protein like THIS one.

And when I want to impress a crowd?

THIS seafood stew is the bomb!

Whatever soup you crave, there is nothing better when it’s a cold chilly day!

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The Best Creamy Balsamic Tomato Soup

What is Tomato Soup?

Homemade tomato soup is a warm and savory dish made primarily from tomatoes, often blended with other ingredients like onions, garlic, and various seasonings. It’s considered a comfort food due to its soothing qualities.

The rich, familiar taste of ripe tomatoes and the soothing warmth of the soup provide a sense of comfort and nostalgia for many people. It’s often enjoyed on chilly days or when one seeks a simple, satisfying meal.

The smooth texture and robust flavor of homemade tomato soup, often accompanied by a side of grilled cheese or crusty bread, make it a classic dish that brings a feeling of warmth and contentment.

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Ingredients to make creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe

What are the Benefits of Tomato Soup?

There are lots of great reasons to eat tomato soup recipes. This classic dish can offer several potential health benefits:

  • Nutrient-rich: Tomato soup is a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins C and K, potassium, folate, and antioxidants like lycopene. These nutrients can support overall health and contribute to a balanced diet.
  • Antioxidant properties: Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. This may reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Heart health: The potassium content in tomato soup can help regulate blood pressure, potentially reducing the risk of hypertension and heart disease while promoting cardiovascular health.
  • Weight management: Tomato soup is often relatively low in calories, making it a filling and satisfying option for those looking to manage their weight or calorie intake.
  • Hydration: The liquid content in tomato soup contributes to hydration, which is important for overall well-being.
  • Improved digestion: Tomato soup, when made with whole ingredients, can contain dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a healthy gut.
  • Immune support: The vitamin C in tomatoes can help support the immune system, potentially reducing the risk of infections.
  • Skin health: The antioxidants in tomatoes may contribute to healthier skin by protecting it from the effects of UV damage and promoting collagen production.
  • Reduced inflammation: Some compounds in tomatoes may have anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial for individuals with inflammatory conditions.

Overall, tomato soup recipes are a great dish to have in the rotation of family meals because it is very high in nutrition, rich in antioxidants, and may have cancer-fighting properties to boot. It also improves bone health, boosts immunity, and promotes strong vision and healthy skin.

It’s worth noting that the health benefits of homemade tomato soup can vary depending on the recipe and ingredients used.

To maximize these benefits, consider making homemade tomato soup with fresh, high-quality ingredients and minimal added sugars and sodium.

rough chop onions and garlic then put in roasting pan to make creamy balsmaic tomato soup starts with onions and garlic

Why It’s Better To Make Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasting tomatoes for tomato soup can add depth of flavor and enhance the overall taste of the soup.

But why roast them? There are a few reasons why roasting tomatoes makes for a better dish.

  • Enhanced Flavor: Roasting tomatoes caramelizes their natural sugars and intensifies their flavor, resulting in a sweeter and richer taste. This can make your tomato soup more robust and delicious.
  • Complexity: Roasting adds complexity to the flavor profile of the soup. The slightly smoky and earthy notes from the roasting process can balance the acidity of the tomatoes, creating a well-rounded taste.
  • Improved Texture: Roasting can help make tomatoes more tender and easy to blend into a smooth and velvety soup.
  • Nutrient Retention: While some nutrients may be lost due to the roasting process, roasting can also enhance the availability of certain antioxidants like lycopene. These antioxidants may have various health benefits.
  • Aroma: Roasting tomatoes releases a wonderful aroma that can fill your kitchen, making the cooking experience more enjoyable.
  • Reduced Cooking Time: Roasting tomatoes beforehand can reduce the overall cooking time for your tomato soup since they are already partially cooked and softened.

To make roasted tomato soup, you typically roast tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, herbs, and spices in the oven until they are caramelized and tender, then blend them into a soup base with other ingredients like onions, broth, and seasonings.

This extra step can elevate the flavor and texture of your tomato soup, making it a flavorful and comforting dish.

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Is Creamy Tomato Soup Healthy?

Creamy tomato soup, while delicious, is typically less healthy than clear, broth-based tomato soups.

The primary reason is the addition of cream or heavy cream, which significantly increases the calorie and saturated fat content of the soup.

Here are a few things to consider before you make cream of tomato soup.

  • High in Calories: Cream adds a substantial number of calories to the soup, making it more calorie-dense than clear tomato soups. This can be a concern if you’re trying to manage your calorie intake or maintain a healthy weight.
  • High in Saturated Fat: Cream of tomato soup tends to be high in saturated fat due to the addition of heavy cream or butter. High saturated fat intake is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
  • Lower Nutrient Density: The creaminess of the soup often means fewer vegetables and less overall nutrition compared to clear tomato soups that may include a variety of vegetables and herbs.
  • Lower Fiber Content: Cream of tomato soup is usually lower in dietary fiber compared to soups with whole ingredients, which can have a negative impact on digestion and satiety.
  • High Sodium Content: Commercially prepared cream of tomato soups can be high in sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and other health issues. Be sure to check the nutrition label for sodium content.

If you enjoy creamy tomato soup and want to make it healthier, make a few adjustments like swapping low-fat milk or a milk alternative instead of heavy cream. You can also reduce added salt and incorporate more vegetables for added nutrition.

This can help you enjoy the flavor while reducing some of the less healthy aspects of this classic soup.

adding chicken stock to creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe

What are the Disadvantages of Tomato Soup?

While tomato soup can be a nutritious and delicious dish, it may have some disadvantages or considerations to keep in mind:

  • High Sodium Content: Many canned or commercially prepared tomato soups can be high in sodium, which can contribute to high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart disease. This is why it’s better to make tomato soup homemade. Check the sodium content on labels and opt for low-sodium or sodium-free versions when possible.
  • Added Sugars: Some pre-packaged tomato soups contain added sugars to enhance flavor. Excessive sugar intake can lead to various health issues, including weight gain and dental problems. Reading labels can help you choose options with lower sugar content.
  • Cream-Based Varieties: Cream of tomato soup, while tasty and indulgent, is typically higher in calories, saturated fats, and cholesterol due to the addition of cream. Consuming such soups regularly may contribute to weight gain and heart health concerns.
  • Low Protein Content: Most tomato soups are not particularly high in protein. If you’re looking for a balanced meal, consider pairing tomato soup with a protein source like grilled chicken, tofu, or legumes.
  • Digestive Sensitivity: For some individuals, the acidity of tomatoes in tomato soup may trigger digestive discomfort, such as acid reflux or heartburn. If you’re prone to these issues, you may want to limit your tomato soup consumption.
  • Allergies: Tomato soup may contain common allergens like dairy (in cream-based versions) and wheat (if served with bread). Individuals with allergies or sensitivities to these ingredients should be cautious when consuming tomato soup.
  • Preservatives and Additives: Commercially prepared tomato soups often contain preservatives and additives to extend shelf life or enhance flavor. Prepare a homemade version with the freshest ingredients.

Although tomato soup can be a healthy and comforting option, it’s essential to be mindful of the specific product or recipe you choose and to incorporate it into a well-balanced diet.

Homemade tomato soup recipe versions with minimal salt, sugar, and cream can be a healthier choice compared to some store-bought options.

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What Goes with Tomato Soup?

Tomato soup recipes pair well with a variety of accompaniments that can enhance its flavor and create a satisfying meal.

Here are some classic and popular options.

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Crusty Bread
  • Garlic Bread
  • Cheese Toast
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Crackers
  • BLT
  • Salad
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Meat or Protein
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Croutons
  • Rice or Pasta
  • Avocado

So many great dishes pair well with tomato soup, am I right? But my personal favorite is grilled cheese.

I mean, there’s nothing quite like grilled cheese and tomato soup. It’s great if you make the grilled cheese with mozzarella and homemade pesto sauce too. I love dipping it in the soup! It’s one of my favorite comfort foods.

Ultimately, the choice of accompaniments depends on your personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Feel free to mix and match these options to create a tomato soup meal that suits your taste and satisfies your appetite.

If you are a huge tomato soup fan too, what do you like to serve with it? Let me know in the comments below.

roasted creamy balsamic tomato soup after roasting

How Long Does Roasted Tomato Soup Last?

After making this easy tomato soup recipe, it lasts for about 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

But with my homemade recipe?

It will probably be gone by then.

In addition to refrigeration, it can last for 6 months. Place in an airtight container or freezer bags to help retain freshness.

creamy balsamic tomato soup poured into a dutch oven to imulsify it

The Best Creamy Balsamic Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

One of the reasons I love this tomato soup recipe is it is super easy to make. And if you know how I love easy dishes! It’s pretty much a dump-and-go recipe.

There is very little preparation. And it can be made with ingredients you have on hand.

Which makes it so much easier on those nights when you don’t know what to make but want something hearty, healthy, and delicious.

The very little preparation that I do with this dish is all rough chop because it’s all going into a blender after roasting anyway.

So the onions are chopped to make it easier with a blender. The garlic cloves are removed from their outer shell but dropped into the roasting pan whole.

I mean, how easy is that???

But I have to admit something to you. I eyeball most of this recipe, so feel free to make adjustments to the cream, balsamic, salt, and pepper used in this recipe.

adding half n half to creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe
using an immersion blender for creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe

As an aside, if you have an immersion blender, it makes it so much easier to make this dish. I did not have an immersion blender until recently, so I was doing a lot of pouring from my blender.

THIS emersion blender is life-changing. If you make a soup that requires blending, you have to get one.

Back to this easy homemade tomato soup recipe.

The addition of balsamic vinegar adds another level of flavor to the soup. And feel free to use whatever kind of broth you want to use.

I gravitate to chicken, but vegetable or beef stock works well too. It’s really good and I think you’ll love it as much as my family does.

Wait until you try this creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe!

best creamy balsamic tomato soup recipe

Ingredients

Directions

This recipe for creamy balsamic tomato soup could not be easier to make! Here’s how to do it.

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • In a roasting pan, add onion, garlic, tomatoes, stock, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Pop it into the oven and roast for 45-50 minutes. Keep an eye on it towards the end of the time so it doesn’t burn.
  • Remove from the oven and pour into a large stock pot.
  • Add heavy cream or Half ‘n Half.
  • Blend until smooth with emersion blender. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to CAREFULLY blend in a blender. The liquid will be hot so be careful.
  • Heat on medium for 5-10 minutes to warm up the cream in the soup.
  • Serve immediately in bowls.
  • Sprinkle shaved parmesan or shredded mozzarella on top.
  • Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.
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creamy balsamic tomato soup

The Best Creamy Balsamic Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

Stacy Ling
Looking for ways to enjoy more soup this season? Wait until you try this creamy balsamic roasted tomato soup recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 787 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
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  • In a roasting pan, add onion, garlic, tomatoes, stock, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Pop it into the oven and roast for 45-50 minutes. Keep an eye on it towards the end of the time so it doesn't burn.
  • Remove from the oven and pour into a large stock pot.
  • Add heavy cream or Half 'n Half.
  • Blend until smooth with emersion blender. If you don't have one, you'll need to CAREFULLY blend in a blender. The liquid will be hot so be careful.
  • Heat on medium for 5-10 minutes to warm up the cream in the soup.
  • Serve immediately in bowls.
  • Sprinkle shaved parmesan or shredded mozzarella on top.
  • Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 787kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 66gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 244mgSodium: 307mgFiber: 4gSugar: 10g
Keyword Apple Crisp Easy, Creamy Balsamic Tomato Soup, grilled cheese and tomato soup, roasted tomato soup, Tomato Soup
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  1. I’ve pinned this one! Always love a cream of tomato soup recipe and can’t wait to give this one a try!

    1. If that’s what you have on hand I would say yes but it will be a little less creamy than half and half or cream. If you wanted to make a lighter version of the recipe, you can go with a lower fat milk, it just won’t have the same creaminess to it. I’m all for switching it up though and seeing how you like it – that’s the beauty of this kind of dish.