Tomato Soup: 3 Delicious Variations

  • Winter is a great time to make big pots of soup; healthy, soothing, and so easy to make. One of our favorites is tomato soup. It tastes terrific on its own, or with a grilled cheese alongside for dunking. However, plain tomato soup can get boring after a while so I like to think of new ways to change it up. It doesn't have to be about crazy new recipes, just a few tweaks here and there.


    First, sometimes I add cheese plus cheese tortellini to it for an extra delicious pasta twist. This makes the soup heftier, so it is really is a meal all on its own.

    Tomato Soup

    Second, for a healthier twist I add a 1/2 cup of quinoa and a 1/2 cup of water, plus two or three whole canned tomatoes. This creates a tomato soup with terrific texture and flavor. Plus, the added protein from the quinoa is always welcome.

    Tomato Soup Florentine

    Lastly, to get my winter greens I like to add baby spinach and let it wilt into the soup. I look at this is a new way to eat my salads in the winter. Sometimes spinach with dressing just gets too boring! Plus, if I finely chop the spinach my daughter will eat it without even realizing she is eating spinach.

    Tomato Soup: 3 Variations

    Doctor up your basic recipe for tomato soup! Our 3 favorite ways.

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    Servings: 4


    • chicken or vegetable broth: 32 ounces
    • crushed tomatoes with juices: 1 28-ounce can
    • Kosher salt: to taste
    • black pepper: to taste
    • freshly chopped basil: 1/4 cup
    • cheese tortellini: 1 1/2 cups, optional
    • Parmesan: to taste, optional
    • 1/2 cup quinoa (optional)
    • Whole canned tomatoes (optional)
    • 2 cups coarsely chopped baby spinach (optional)


    Step 1: Add the broth, tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper to a large pot and bring to a boil for one minute.

    Step 2: Reduce the heat so the sauce returns to a simmer. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to blend the soup until completely smooth.

    Step 3: Stir in the basil.

    Option 1: Tomato Soup with Cheese Tortellini

    Simmer the soup for 15 minutes. Then stir in the cheese tortellini and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bring to a boil and cook until the cheese tortellini floats to the top. Serve.

    Option 2: Chunky Tomato Soup with Quinoa

    Simmer the soup for 15 minutes. Then stir in the quinoa and 1/2 cup of water and 2 or 3 whole canned tomatoes. Simmer the soup for 20 minutes or until the quinoa is completely cooked. Gently mash the whole tomatoes, but not too much.

    Option 3: Tomato Soup Florentine (even kids will love!)

    Add the spinach to the soup and simmer the soup for 15 minutes.