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Easy Homemade Tomato Soup [Panera Copycat]

Niky @ The House on Silverado
An easy tomato soup that comes together fast on a cold evening.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Soup
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 2 28-oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 TBSP sugar
  • ¼ cup half & half or heavy cream
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • cup paremesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste


  • In a stock pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, until translucent.
  • Add tomatoes (do not drain), stock, and sugar. Bring to a low simmer. Cook uncovered for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  • Add the half & half, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt/pepper.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. You can also place into a regular blender, being careful since soup will be very hot.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese and serve topped with buttery croutons.
Keyword tomatoes
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