Healthy Tomato Soup (From Canned Tomato Sauce!)

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This healthy tomato soup recipe is better than the canned stuff by a long shot!

Tomato soup gives me a level of comfort that few other things in life give me. Soup alone is a great comfort food, but TOMATO soup…. now that’s a comfy chair, warm blanket, and a crackling fireplace all in one bowl. I’m relaxed just thinking about it.

An overhead view of a bowl filled with Healthy Tomato Soup and garnished with whole, fresh basil leaves.

Pair that with a grilled cheese sandwich, and I may never leave my house again.

What I love about this recipe, is that it’s so quick and easy to put together. So not only can you cook it last-minute, but it’s so easy it can only add to your level of relaxation! 

Can This Be Made Vegan?

Yep! Sure can! Just use vegan yogurt and vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Simple!

Is This Gluten-Free?

It is if your individual ingredients are labeled as gluten-free.

Recipe Additions

If you want to round out the flavors and/or nutrition in this recipe, here are a few suggestions:

  1. A single (15 oz.) can of white beans blended into the soup will significantly raise the fiber and protein content. It will also make the soup a bit thicker and more filling without changing the flavor.
  2. Adding a bit of coconut aminos will deepen the umami flavor of the finished soup if you feel it needs it.
  3. While fresh basil can be hard to get at certain times of year, chopping some and stirring it in at the end adds a lot of wonderful, summertime flavor to this.
A side view of a blue and yellow bowl filled with Healthy Tomato Soup.

Recipe Tips

Never let this soup boil! You want to warm it to the point where you see bubbles just starting to form, but do not let it boil or the yogurt will separate.

If you wish to simmer this for a bit to impart of of the dried herb flavors, wait until the very end when you blend the soup to add the yogurt. Make sure the heat is turned off when you do.

If you blend in the beans and feel like it’s too thick for your liking, simply add in more broth.

A blue and yellow bowl holds Healthy Tomato Soup and a wooden spoon. The soup is garnished with whole, fresh basil leaves.

About The Ingredients

Canned tomato sauce – no sugar added.

Chicken broth (or chicken stock) – no sugar added, low sodium – or homemade. Vegetable stock or vegetable broth works too.

Plain yogurt – unsweetened – This can be Greek yogurt, regular plain yogurt, or dairy-free yogurt. (I used Kite Hill Almond Milk Yogurt – Not paid to promote them.) If you prefer, you can use heavy cream instead.

Dried basil – You can use fresh basil leaves if you prefer, but I would stir them in at the end so they really keep their flavor.

Dried parsley – You can use fresh parsley if you prefer. Flatleaf parsley works best here, but curly parsley will also work.

Onion powder – Or onion granules.

Garlic powder – Or onion granules.

Celery seed

Ground black pepper

Balsamic Vinegar – Not flavored, no added sugar.

Salt – to taste

Optional Additions

  • Canned white beans (no sugar added – cannellini or great northern beans work great – not drained – Adds a thicker creamy texture.)
  • Coconut aminos
  • Chopped, fresh basil
  • Red pepper flakes (for a spicy kick)
  • Fresh tomatoes, chopped. (For texture)
  • A little unprocessed sweetener, to taste.
  • Drizzle a little fresh olive oil over the top for garnish at serving.

How To Make Healthy Tomato Soup

Healthy Tomato Soup Recipe ingredients sitting in a pot.

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring nearly to a boil, but DO NOT BOIL! Immediately reduce heat.

Stirring together all the Healthy Tomato Soup Recipe ingredients in a pot on a stovetop.
Blending the Healthy Tomato Soup with a stick blender in a pot on a stovetop.

Using an immersion blender (if you’ve used beans), blend until smooth. Otherwise, you can simply stir to combine.

A blue and yellow bowl filled with Healthy Tomato Soup.

Serve with fresh basil for garnish.

Storage

This will hold up well in the fridge for up to three days if stored in an airtight container.

Freezing

Storing this in the freezer is an option if packed well. But you cannot freeze this for long. 2 months is about the limit, especially if you are using dairy-free yogurt. Thaw in the fridge for 24 hours.

Reheating

To reheat this, you can warm it in a pot on a stovetop, or in a microwave-safe bowl in a microwave.

Recipe Supplies

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Recipe updated 2/1/23.

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Healthy Tomato Soup

Delicious, easty-to-make soup you'll wants seconds of.
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Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 63kcal

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Ingredients

  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce (no sugar added)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (no sugar added, low sodium – or homemade)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. celery seed
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Optional Additions

  • 15 oz. can white beans (no sugar added – cannellini or great northern beans work great – not drained – Adds fiber and thickness)
  • 2 tbsp. coconut aminos (adds umami)
  • chopped, fresh basil (for garnish)

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a pot. Bring nearly to a boil, but DO NOT BOIL! Immediately reduce heat.
    Healthy Tomato Soup Recipe ingredients sitting in a pot.
  • Using an immersion blender (if you've used beans), blend until smooth. Otherwise, you can simply stir to combine.
    Blending the Healthy Tomato Soup with a stick blender in a pot on a stovetop.
  • Serve with fresh basil for garnish.
    A blue and yellow bowl filled with Healthy Tomato Soup.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data does not include optional additions.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 1mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 3/28/11.

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49 Comments

  1. I will be trying this for sure! I LOVE tomato soup! I wonder if I could add diced tomatoes to it for chunkiness.?.?

    1. Jaren – Of course! That would be yummy!

  2. Ruth Morgan says:

    can you leave out the boullion

    1. Ruth – You can, but you’ll need to make up for it with other spices. The bouillon makes up a considerable amount of the flavor.

  3. I made this soup last night and it is an absolute winner. Recipes don’t get much easier or quicker. For those of us who grew up eating the canned version, this is an awesome clean alternative. Thanks Tiffany!

    1. Amy – That’s wonderful!! Thanks for the feedback! I adore tomato soup, so I simply HAD to make a clean version. Glad I’m not the only one that likes it! lol

  4. First of all… love this site.

    Secondly, I want to make this for a vegan. Do you have any idea on how to replace the chicken stock?

    1. Michelle – Just use veggie broth. The flavor will change slightly, but it should still be tasty. Enjoy!

  5. Annmarie Kostyk, Chocolate Goddess says:

    Hi Tiffany! Always looking for a good soup recipe and this looks outstanding! I can’t palate the Campbell’s Tomato even when I doctor it up with cream and spices. Going to try this this weekend as add just a few croutons to the top.

    1. Annmarie – Sounds great! I hope you enjoy it!

  6. So easy and such a wonderful update! I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Beverly – Great! Let me know how you like it!

  7. This looks so tasty! In the interest of using up things currently in my cupboard, I wonder if I could sub a big can of diced tomatoes pureed with an immersion blender instead of the tomato sauce? Just found your blog today, and I love it! Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Mary – I’m sure that would work. I can’t see why it wouldn’t. Enjoy!

  8. Made this tonight and it was so easy and so yummy. I added a can of diced tomatoes just because we like the chunks of tomato. No more Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup! Yuck—doesn’t that just sound gross now??!

    1. Katrina – Yay! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! And yes, the condensed stuff DOES sound gross. Probably because it is! lol

  9. I literally just finished this dish for dinner and it was amazing! I did add a can of chunky tomatoes and a little whole wheat flour to thicken it up. To make it a complete meal, I added lean ground turkey and a little cheese to top it off. Delicious!! This is definitely a meal to make in bulk and freeze portions for an fast, easy, healthy lunch/dinner. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. Kim – Yum! I’ll try it your way next time. Sounds delicious! Glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Trudefaith says:

    tomato soup!!! one of my all time fav’s! with a sandwich-heaven!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      TF – Ya, mine too. Can’t beat tomato soup.

  11. Alleyfam51699 says:

    I just made this for lunch. It was so easy and one of the best soups I’ve ever had. Even my 10 year old, who is our pickiest eater and tomato-hater, came downstairs and said it smelled good and ate a whole bowl of it. This will now be on our weekly lunch menu.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Alleyfam – Fantastic!! I’m so happy everyone enjoyed it! I love it when the kids are willing to try something new and healthy. Such a bonus!!

  12. Batty1880 says:

    How does this freeze or will it. I’m trying to get some clean good foods in the freezer for those fast need a meal nights

    1. Anonymous says:

      Batty – I’ve never tried to freeze it. You could experiment with a small amount by freezing it overnight and thawing again in the morning. It’s just so yummy that it never lasts long enough to freeze around here!

  13. mommykinz says:

    Its a rainy day here – Tomato soup looks delish!!! Love your blog, soo many fabulous clean recipes!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mommykinz – Yes, this recipe is PERFECT for a rainy day! Now if only I could figure out a good recipe for garlic bread croutons……

  14. Stilman24 says:

    Girl your recipes are so quick and helpful! I will be so happy to call you a colleague when we both become registered dieticians.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stilman – Why thank you! What a wonderful compliment!

  15. graciouspantry says:

    Nikki – I’m all about keeping it simple. Hope you enjoy it!

  16. CarrieLay says:

    I gave this a try yesterday and I am wondering if I heated it up too quickly or too hot because my milk curdled instead of being creamy. We still ate it and enjoyed the flavor but I would love to try it again and get it right. Any ideas? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. graciouspantry says:

      It’s possible. What kind of milk did you use?

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Hmmm…. Ya, that may have been the issue. But keep the heat low as well. Maybe the combo will help.

  18. I cannot wait to try this soup, it looks delicious! I am always looking for new soups to try over my usual tomato soup, thanks!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      My pleasure! Enjoy!

  19. graciouspantry says:

    No. Typically, broth is just plain broth with no flavoring. Stock has flavoring like spices and veggies. That said, I often confuse the two. And even the box I buy at the store says chicken broth when really, it’s stock. But that’s the difference.

  20. What flavor of bouillon do we use?

  21. Would I be able to use homemade almond milk or would that just be weird? Sorry, bit of a cooking newb.

    1. Sarah – You could certainly try it, but I would think you would get a lot of separation and there wouldn’t be much creaminess to it. I think coconut milk would be a better option. Sounds odd, but it’s actually pretty tasty. I made a spaghetti sauce using coconut milk and it was delicious.

  22. Does this recipe freeze well?
    Thanks!

  23. Thank you! This was so easy and delicious! My entire family ate it right up. I will be making this one again for sure!

  24. I really liked this, but it was a bit too savory for me. I had to add a little truvia to it to sweeten it a tad.

    1. Ashley – Yes, it’s supposed to be a savory soup. But glad you were able to make adjustments. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This was fabulous! My kids loved it, which is high praise. Thank you!