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Creamy Tomato Soup With Pesto Swirl

Claire Carlton
Tomato soup gets a fancy twist with the addition of a pesto swirl. This quick and easy soup recipe is sure to please.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • Blender


  • 2 tbsp olive oil or butter Plus 2 more tbsp for serving (set aside until the end)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced may use yellow or white onion as alternative
  • 1 14.5 oz can no added salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream may use half and half or whole milk as a substitute
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 3 tbsp prepared pesto from a jar plus 2 tbsp pesto reserved for serving
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • Add the 2 tablespoons oil or butter to a large stock pot or soup pot and turn heat to medium
  • Once oil is hot, add the onions and saute for 3-4 minutes until slightly translucent, then add the minced garlic and cook for another 4-5 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the onion and garlic mixture to a blender with all three cans of tomato product and blend until smooth.
  • Add the mixture back to the stock pot and return heat to medium high
  • Add all the remaining ingredients (except the extra pesto and olive oil to be reserved for serving)
  • Bring the soup to a light boil. Once the soup comes to a light boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix the reserved 2 tablespoons of pesto with about 2 tablespoons olive oil and whisk until it becomes a smooth consistency.
  • Serve the soup in bowls and add a spoonful of the pesto mixture in a swirl pattern.


This tomato soup pairs well with sandwiches, grilled cheese, side salad or it makes a great appetizer to any meal. The soup can be stored in the refrigerator for 5 days. You may also freeze this soup in freezer friendly jars or freezer bags.
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Keyword Creamy tomato soup, easy tomato soup recipe, tomato soup
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