Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

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Using plump tomatoes, fresh basil, and fragrant garlic and onions, you can make an exceptional Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup in less than an hour!

This soup has a delectable flavor, thanks to the addition of rich, heavy cream and savory chicken bouillon. It surpasses any tomato soup you have ever tried!

Roasted tomato and garlic soup in a bowl with a grilled cheese sandwich dipping into the soup.

Complete the dish with freshly grated parmesan cheese, which instantly takes it to the next level. You can also experiment by adding other toppings, such as croutons, pumpkin seeds, or even bacon bits.

If you’re a fan of homemade soups like this one, check out my Quick Chicken Noodle Soup or African Okra Soup, which are each unique in their own way and equally satisfying. And for more roasted tomato goodness, check out this Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce.

Why You’ll Love Roasted Tomato Soup

Why make basic tomato soup when you can make roasted tomato soup? Add this roasted tomato soup and garlic recipe to your meal rotation for several reasons!

  • It is versatile. There are various ways to enjoy this soup! Whether you’re looking for a delicious starter, a light lunch option, or a satisfying dinner, this dish can satisfy your cravings in different ways.
  • It is easy. Oftentimes, homemade tomato soup recipes can feel intimidating because of the extensive directions. However, my recipe has a simple preparation method with a fantastic, flavorful end result. You don’t need to be a pro to make it. It is approachable and it works!
  • It has minimal ingredients. This roasted tomato and garlic soup recipe is free from any unnecessary ingredients that you might find in canned versions. It is made using whole ingredients that are easily available in grocery stores. The simple ingredient list allows the primary components to stand out, giving the soup a delicious flavor.
Cozy bowl of tomato soup with heavy cream drizzled on top.

Ingredients Needed

This irresistible roasted tomato and garlic soup uses fresh ingredients. Here are some of the most important components you’ll need:

  • Roma Tomatoes: Roma tomatoes have an excellent flavor when you roast them. They’re not too sweet or acidic but have just the right balance. These tomatoes also have a deep red color, giving the tomato soup a recognizable and classic look.
  • Garlic: This ingredient enhances the dish with savory notes and complements the bright flavor of the tomatoes. It becomes even more aromatic when roasted.
  • Basil: Fresh basil has a natural sweetness and earthiness to it, which makes the soup refreshing.
  • Water and Heavy Cream: These ingredients are used to thin out the blended tomato mixture, bringing the soup to the ideal consistency.

See the recipe card below for the detailed ingredient list and directions on how to prepare it!

Bright red Roma tomatoes in a white bowl.
Roma tomatoes

How To Make Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Arrange the tomatoes, garlic, and onions on a baking sheet and roast them with oil.
  3. Blend the roasted vegetables with fresh basil.
  4. Add the mixture to a saucepan, adding liquid ingredients, seasonings, and the cheese.
  5. Simmer the soup and adjust the seasoning to your preferences.
  6. Serve warm with parmesan cheese.
Halved Roma tomatoes, onions, and garlic on a sheet pan.
Roasted tomatoes onions and garlic on a sheet pan.
Tomato soup in a pot with a wooden spoon in the pot.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Customize The Seasonings: Add some red pepper flakes to give the soup spicy undertones. Another option is to use Italian seasoning for hints of dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, and basil. Sometimes, Italian seasoning blends also contain additional herbs, which can provide tomato soup with a warm flavor. This is a good option when you can’t get a hold of fresh herbs.
  • Make It Plant-Based: If you prefer a vegetarian version of the soup, you can use a vegetarian bouillon product or broth to maintain the soup’s rich flavor. To make the soup vegan, omit the cheese and substitute the heavy cream with plant-based milk. However, note that this substitution may slightly affect the texture of the soup.
  • Use Evaporated Milk: You can substitute the heavy cream for evaporated milk at a 1:1 ratio. It provides the dish with an equally delicious flavor and mouthfeel.

Chef’s Tips For Roasted Tomato Soup

  • For an extra smooth soup, strain the mixture after you blend it. Use a fine mesh strainer if possible. This will remove any small chunks the blender may have missed!
  • It is important to use tomatoes that are properly ripe. Look for tomatoes that have a deep red color. They should be slightly firm but have some tenderness when gently pressing them with your finger. You don’t want them to be too hard or mushy, but in between. Ripe tomatoes will give you the best flavor and quality.
  • Know your blender. Some blenders can handle more heat than others, so check your appliance to see if you need to cool the roasted veggies first. If working with hot tomatoes, vent the blender to let steam escape. Work in batches and never fill it more than halfway full.
Bowl of tomato soup with black pepper sprinkled on top.

Serving Suggestions For Tomato Soup

This roasted tomato and garlic soup is phenomenal by itself as a starter or light dish. However, you can serve it with other foods for an extra hearty meal. Try serving it with:

  • Crusty Bread: The texture of crispy bread perfectly offsets the velvety soup. You can enjoy the bread on the side or even dunk it in the soup for a delicious combination. Try garlic bread or French bread slices.
  • Sourdough Bread Grilled Cheese: Take it a step further by making homemade grilled cheese to accompany this dish! My kids absolutely love the classic soup and sandwich combo. The gooey cheese, toasted bread, and tomato soup are a perfect trio.
  • Other Sandwiches: Tuna melts, Reubens, ham and cheese, or Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are also fantastic choices.
  • Salad: Many different salad types pair well with this soup. You can serve it with a chicken salad, Caesar salad, kale salad, or even a steak salad. It makes for a delicious lunch.
  • Breaded Meat: Make breaded chicken, fish, or beef cutlets to serve with it. The crispy breading provides texture contrast to the smooth soup!

Recipe Frequently Asked Questions

Does Roasting Tomatoes Change the Flavor?

Yes, it does, but in a good way! When you roast tomatoes, they lose some moisture, and their flavor becomes more robust. This is because their natural sugars caramelize, and you’re left with a concentrated flavor. So, don’t skip out on roasting them.

Does Tomato Soup Taste Better with Water or Milk?

You can make tomato soup with either. My recipe has both water and heavy cream because adding some dairy makes the soup richer than if you exclusively use water. Heavy cream improves not only the flavor but also the texture, making the soup pleasantly creamy.

Should I Skin Tomatoes Before Making Soup?

This is more about preference! If you prefer a super silky soup, you can take the time to skin the tomatoes.

However, it isn’t necessary, especially since the recipe has you blend the tomatoes anyway. I find it is easier to leave the skin on, and I don’t mind if there are small pieces of skin. Remember, you can also strain the soup, too!

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Roasted tomato and garlic soup in a bowl with a grilled cheese sandwich dipping into the soup.

Roasted Tomato and Garlic Soup

5 from 1 vote
The flavors in this roasted tomato and garlic soup are unmatched! Never open a can of tomatoes for tomato soup again!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes halved
  • 1 medium onion cut into chunks
  • 8 garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs basil
  • 1-½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
  • ¼ cup heavy cream sub with evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese freshly grated, plus more for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 450℉ or 232℃.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then arrange the halved tomatoes, peeled garlic and chunks of onion on the baking sheet. Drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle on ½ a teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. Place the baking sheet in the oven and roast the tomatoes and garlic for 25 minutes.
  • Add the roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions to a blender. Add the fresh basil and blend into a paste. Pour the blended tomatoes into a medium saucepan. Add 1 to 1½ cups of water, depending on preferred thickness and bring to a simmer. Add chicken bouillon powder, heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Stir well to combine then taste and adjust seasoning. I always add about a ¼ teaspoon more salt and a bit of ground black pepper. Let it simmer for 5 minutes then turn off the heat.
  • Serve warm, topped with more freshly grated parmesan cheese.


1. You could use chicken or beef stock in place of water and omit the chicken bouillon powder. I have made it both ways, and it tastes great either way! It just depends on what I have on hand.
2. For more flavor add a little fresh oregano when blending the tomatoes. I have made it with oregano too and the flavor was so good!
3. For a spicy kick, add some red pepper flakes.
4. Feel free to double the recipe if you want a large pot of soup.
5. Add some Italian seasoning when blending the tomatoes for more herby flavor.


Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 537mg | Potassium: 625mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2169IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 1mg

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 201
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