Quick, Creamy Tomato Soup (without a Drop Of Cream)
I first created this recipe for a quick tomato soup during the holiday season.
Amid the parties and potlucks, Christmas cocktails and Hanukkah dinners, plenty of nights remained when the business of everyday, ordinary supper still needed to be handled.
But it’s perfect any time of the year!
About this vegan tomato soup recipe:
It’s darn delicious.
After downing a bowl for supper, my oldest proclaimed it “the best tomato soup you’ve made” (and I’ve thrown down a lot of tomato soup).
It requires no special ingredients.
No running to the market for fresh herbs, or cream, vegetable stock, or chicken broth. If you have a can of tomatoes in your pantry, you’re good to go.
The recipe relies on olive oil for richness and depth instead of the more traditional heavy cream. The result is a soup with less saturated fat and more “healthy” fats. I also think the olive oil allows the tomato flavor to come through more robustly, since it’s not dulled by the flavor of cream.
It’s an easy recipe.
Saute the ingredients, blend, and serve.
If you don’t have ground fennel, use fennel seed. If you don’t have oregano, use basil. If you’re in the mood for a bit of heat, add cayenne. Top it with whatever garnishes you like. Everything from toasted seeds, croutons, fresh herbs, sour cream, and grated cheese are fair game.
You can “hearty up” this soup by adding a spoonful of your favorite cooked grains to every bowl. Alternatively, serve it along with a tossed salad or grilled cheese sandwiches and call it supper.A Creamy Tomato Soup without a drop of cream. That luxurious, creamy texture comes from olive oil instead. #vegan Click To Tweet
If you’re looking for other healthy, vegan-friendly soup recipes, you might like:
Creamy Tomato Soup (without the cream)
This recipe delivers all the lusciousness and texture of a creamy tomato soup without a drop of cream. The secret? Extra-virgin olive oil, which makes it a whole lot healthier than typical tomato soup. Enjoy straight up or add any of your favorite tomato soup toppings, such as croutons, toasted seeds, or fresh herbs.
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 1 large clove garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon ground fennel
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- One 28-ounce can diced unsalted tomatoes
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- Black pepper
- One 3/4-inch-thick slice from a loaf of crusty bread such as levain or Italian bread
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, fennel, oregano, and red pepper flakes and saute until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, 1 cup water, salt, several generous grinds of black pepper. Tear the slice of bread into pieces and add it to the soup. Turn up the heat and bring the soup to a boil. Drop the heat until the soup simmers and cook for 9 minutes.
Use an immersion blender or transfer soup to a conventional blender. Add the remaining olive oil and puree until smooth. Taste and add more red pepper flakes, salt, and/or black pepper if desired. If the soup seems too thick, add more water and blend again.
Ladle into bowls.