There are fewer thing I love more when it’s cold outside than a piping hot bowl of Creamy Tomato Soup and a grilled cheese.

I’m talking Campbell’s tomato soup from a can, and a flimsy piece of wheat bread bread slathered with mayo (yep mayo), a single slice of processed American cheese, and a whole lotta butter on the outside for the crispiest golden brown crust. Hate on me if you want, but it’s my jam.

I love the way the soup is so thin, you could probably drink it out of a straw. I love the subtle, sweet tomato flavor. And I love the way the kid-like grilled cheese melts after each dunk in the hot soup.

I don’t love that it’s processed and has about a day’s worth of salt in a whole can, which is easily one serving for me. And I don’t love that it’s not homemade. As a person who doesn’t find the convenience of processed foods to outweigh the benefits of something made from scratch, I set a goal to find an alternative to replicate the taste and texture while also keeping it relatively quick and easy.

Not an easy task.

Except it was!

After several attempts, I think I finally nailed it. And guys, it’s so easy! And healthy!

5-Ingredient Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

I was determined to keep the ingredient list at five ingredients, but as I went through the recipe developing process pre-cooking, I didn’t think I could leave heavy cream out. After all, I wanted a luxurious soup, and without cream?? I didn’t think it was possible.

But after the onion and carrots were sautéed in butter. After the tomatoes and broth simmered with the veggies. And after the whole soup was pureed in the blender until it was silky-smooth, I went to to do a taste test, and absolutely no cream was needed.

I was stunned.

With only five simple easy-to-access ingredients of butter, onions, carrots, chicken stock and canned san Marzano tomatoes, you can achieve an ultra-creamy soup that’s like VELVET.

So good.

The only thing I’m going to nitpick at, is purchasing whole san Marzano tomatoes. They’re the best for a reason, and with minimal ingredients, you really want to get the best. Trust me. Even with the upgraded tomatoes, you’re still looking at about $15 to purchase everything. And that’s includes buying a whole pound of butter. (I get mine at Trader Joe’s for or Alidi for about three bucks.)

So not only is this incredibly inexpensive to throw together, it’s QUICK. Easily a weeknight dinner. Of course, don’t forget to pair it with a good old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich — American cheese optional.

5-Ingredient Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1 28-oz can san Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken broth


  1. Add butter to a large stockpot. Turn the heat on medium. Once the butter melts, add the onion, carrot and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sweat the veggies until slightly softened, about 4-5 minutes. 

  2. Add tomatoes, chicken broth and remaining salt. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 25 minutes or until the carrots are super soft and the tomatoes have broken down. 

  3. Carefully transfer to a blender to puree. Puree until smooth. Transfer back to the pot and season to taste with salt and pepper. 

5-Ingredient Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

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