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small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat. perfect for a cozy day inside, especially with your favorite grilled cheese. simple + spicy tomato soup with wine pairings | a flavor journal food blog

easy and delicious tomato soup

Making tomato soup warms the soul.  Keeping things simple also warms the soul.  This simple tomato soup is the best of both worlds, and it’s perfect for a cozy night in on the couch … paired with your favorite grilled cheese, of course.

small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat. perfect for a cozy day inside, especially with your favorite grilled cheese. simple + spicy tomato soup | a flavor journal food blog

I use San Marzano tomatoes for this tomato soup.  If I can find them here in small town North Carolina, you can find them, too!  San Marzano tomatoes are sweeter, lower in acidity, and fully of juicy deliciousness.  They’re also awesome for pizza sauce, pasta sauce, and anything else Italian-tomato-based. 

So this tomato soup has ten total ingredients, and comes together in about 45 minutes.  Only about ten minutes of that is hands-on time, so you can let this gem simmer on the stove while you binge watch the next episode of [insert your current Netflix obsession here].  🙂

small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat. perfect for a cozy day inside, especially with your favorite grilled cheese. simple + spicy tomato soup | a flavor journal food blog

The crushed red pepper is optional here, because after it’s blended, the heat really comes out.  If you’re weary of the spice, add a tiny pinch of crushed red pepper for just a hint of heat, or feel free to omit it entirely if you’re not in a spicy mood.  No big deal, at all.  I promise!  I add the mint to counter some of the heat, but it’s also just a really unique (and amazing) herb to add to this soup to enhance the flavors.

Feel free to add a pinch of basil or oregano if you can’t imagine a tomato soup without them, too. 🙂 

small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat. perfect for a cozy day inside, especially with your favorite grilled cheese. simple + spicy tomato soup | a flavor journal food blog

Pair this tomato soup with this super delicious caramelized onion + havarti grilled cheese sandwich, and you’ll be in comfort food HEAVEN.  I’m also working on a new grilled cheese to share with you … complete with wine pairings.  Bread, cheese, tomato soup, and wine?  Looks like comfy Saturdays are in for treat. 🙂

 

wine pairings for tomato soup

:: Sangiovese.  (Italy)  >> Sangiovese, the leading role in Chianti wines, is a classic Italian grape that loves tomatoes.  I would suggest a more rustic version of Sangiovese here, so that it’s a little more earthy than fruity.  The acidity will be higher, which will be nice with the butter and splash of heavy cream in this soup.  If you decide to garnish with the soft pillows of parmesan reggiano like I did, they will also love to be paired with Sangiovese.  You can easily snag a bottle for under $20, so definitely do some exploring and ask all the questions!

:: Grenache.  (France)  >> Grenache is a really fun grape.  It varies depending upon where it comes from, but it’s typically medium-bodied, with medium acidity, and higher in alcohol.  I suggest a Grenache from France for this tomato soup.  French Grenache, especially when it comes from the Rhône, can actually have a little bit less alcohol (but don’t read that as “low” alcohol), and a lot of really wonderful, earthy flavors.  Rhône Grenache can exhibit notes of bay, oregano, or rosemary, which all fit really well with tomato soup.  The lower alcohol content of French Grenache also helps to balance the heat in this soup.

:: Côtes du Rhône.  (France) >> I.  Love.  Côtes du Rhône.  This is such a broad recommendation, because there are 21 varieties of grapes that are grown within the Côtes du Rhône appellation of France.  Although Côtes du Rhône wines can vary greatly depending upon the grapes that are used, they’re typically food friendly, fun, and earthy.  Côtes du Rhône wines are inexpensive, ready to drink young, and something different to (literally) bring to the table.  I highly recommend grabbing a couple of bottles under $15, and making a night of it!

cheers!

Sara

small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat. perfect for a cozy day inside, especially with your favorite grilled cheese. simple + spicy tomato soup | a flavor journal food blog
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4.93 from 13 votes

small batch simple + spicy tomato soup

small batch simple tomato soup with a little heat.  perfect on a cold day, especially with a really good grilled cheese. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
cool time5 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tomato soup
Servings: 4 small bowls
Author: sara a.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 onion chopped into wedges
  • 1 can (28 ounces) San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • pinch dried mint
  • 2 Tbsp. heavy cream

Instructions

  • Heat a large, deep sauce pan over medium heat.  Add butter, and melt until beginning to bubble.
  • Add quartered onions, cook for 4-5 minutes until softened and translucent.  Add garlic, cook for about one minute, then add canned tomatoes, chicken broth, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine.
  • Add crushed red pepper and mint, and stir to mix into the other ingredients.  Simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes.
  • Remove the soup from the heat, and allow to cool about five minutes.  Use an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a food processor or blender, and blend until almost completely smooth.
  • Add the soup back to the pot it was cooked in, and stir in the heavy cream.  Adjust with additional salt and pepper to fit your tastes, if necessary.
  • Garnish with chopped basil or parsley, a little grated parmesan cheese, and serve hot!

Notes

This soup will keep in the refrigerator for up to four days.
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  1. 5 stars
    Love this simple and spicy tomato soup! We only buy San Marzano tomatoes, they are the best. It looks easy and delicious, thans for the recipe!

    • Anne Lawton
    • November 9, 2019
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    5 stars
    This looks like the perfect bowl of tomato soup! And it seems so easy to make too.

  2. Reply

    5 stars
    As soon as I saw the first photo in this post, I just wanted to dive in and eat a whole bowl of this soup! Then, I read that it only has ten ingredients and takes about ten minutes of hands-on time … and I was like “Sign me up NOW!” Great idea to use San Marzanos for the best flavor, too – I really need to remember to grab them for my recipes, instead of regular tomatoes. Thanks for this recipe – fantastic post!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Shelley! The minimal ingredients definitely let those awesome San Marzanos shine through. I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

    • Jamie
    • November 10, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    I made this for lunch to go along with a grilled cheese sandwich and it was perfect! I loved the little bit of spice from the red pepper flakes.

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you loved it, Jamie! I love a little kick in my tomato soup, and ESPECIALLY when I get to pair it with grilled cheese sandwiches!

  3. Reply

    5 stars
    I love the sound of this tomato soup. The kick from the red pepper and the pinch of mint are really fun additions to spice up this dish!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Jenni! The red pepper and mint are so fun in this soup – I feel like they balance each other just right!

  4. Your tomato soup recipe looks so simple and delicious! My husband recently discovered tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (he’s from Norway and it’s not really a thing there) so I’m definitely going to have to tuck this away to make him on a cool winter day. I’m sure he’d love it!

    1. Reply

      Oh my gosh, your husband is in for such a treat! I don’t know if comfort food gets much better than grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  5. Reply

    5 stars
    Thanks Claire for another delicious recipe. I especially love the addition of the pinch of mint in this soup. Thanks so much for sharing

    1. Reply

      My pleasure, Megan! I hope you love this tomato soup!

  6. Reply

    5 stars
    This Tomato Soup looks amazing! This is the perfect bowl of warm goodness for the chilly days ahead! I love your advice on the perfect wine pairings. Super helpful!

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you like the wine pairings, Shanika! Sometimes I just love the idea of curling up with a grilled cheese, this tomato soup, and a glass of wine. It’s the epitome of a perfect cozy evening to me!

    • Natalie
    • November 11, 2019
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    5 stars
    I love feasting on tomato soup especially during colder days. And my family loves it too. I love your recipe, it’s somewhat different from what I used to make but sounds so delicious I must give it a try. Texture is amazing, thick and yummy.

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Natalie! I’m such a huge fan of tomato soup on cold days, too!

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