Super-Quick Fresh Tomato Soup

Too many tomatoes? This vibrant soup based on a traditional Tuscan recipe is a far, far cry from the canned stuff: you can throw it together in practically no time but it offers a bowlful of lycopene-rich goodness and fresh tomato flavor along with good-for-you garlic and olive oil. Even my tomato-hating son loves it, this soup has become a family favorite.


2 cups chopped yellow onions
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons maple syrup or organic sugar
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 cups ripe tomatoes, chopped, including their juices, or you could use organic canned tomatoes
2 cups good-quality vegetable broth
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1 slice bread, lightly toasted, per serving (optional)

1. In a heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat, cook onions in 1/4 cup olive oil for around 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent. Add vinegar, sweetener, and garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant and softened but not browned.

2. Add tomatoes and their juices. Simmer mixture 10 minutes, then add broth and return mixture to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Tear basil leaves in pieces and add to soup.

3. Place toasted bread, if using, in the bottoms of individual bowls. Ladle soup on top, drizzle with a little olive oil, and serve.

Serves 4 to 8.

By Cait Johnson


Tim C.
Tim Cabout a year ago


Jacklyn Walker
.about a year ago

Grated parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper is nice on top of tomato (or any) soup - I use a potato/vegatable peeler to get giant sized grates - very tasty and any cheese is yum - smiles

Debbie Williamson
Solitary Eagle3 years ago

This sounds delicious! I will try it soon. Thanks for posting.

Linda Wallace
Linda W3 years ago

This soup looks very good and easy to make. Thank you.

Dubravka T.
Dubravka T3 years ago

Thank you and all other's adding to this fresh recipe

Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

Thanks for the Recipe :)

Henriette Verschuren

in a pan prepare some onion,garlic,leek and aubergine with turmeric,olive/coconut oil,oregano,salt and pepper,nigella seeds,fresh ginger and curcuma to mention but a few and just any other herb and spice on your list.
while that is going take 3-4 medium size tomatoes diced and boil in large pot covered in water-adding some of the same herbs and spices.
once veggies are nicely coloured,add to tomatoes and continue some 20 min. to boil.
close lid and leave for 20min more and ready to mix and enjoy.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

thank you

Kath R.
Kath P5 years ago

Sounds delicious and easy to make....thanks!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago

Yummy! The recipe sounds delicious and mouth-watering. Thanks for sharing.