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Tomato Soup

This simple recipe for delicious tomato soup is part of the Kirkland Signature Martha Stewart product line, available at Costco.

  • Yield: Makes 6 cups
Tomato Soup

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2008

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 24 ounces canned whole plum tomatoes
  • 3 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until onions have softened, about 15 minutes.

  2. Add tomatoes, chicken stock, salt, and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook until tomatoes, onions, and garlic are soft, 10 to 20 minutes.

  3. Working in batches, transfer soup to the jar of a blender and puree until smooth. Return to saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook until soup is heated through. If soup seems too thick, stir in some extra stock to thin. Serve immediately.

Reviews (51)

  • Mikaroni 26 Jul, 2014

    I used olive oil instead of butter, fresh tomatoes instead of canned, veg stock instead of chicken, only half an onion, seasoned with dried basil. And go get yourself an immersion blender, it's so much safer! Very delicious!

  • susankellen 16 Sep, 2013

    Outstanding! I added a little sugar, but that's just my preference. I used 2 cups of chopped sweet onions. I wasn't sure how big a medium onion should be, so I researched it, and the consensus is that a medium onion = 1 cup chopped.

  • Emm Dee 18 Feb, 2013

    I carmelized the onions to a deep golden color instead of the quick method in the recipe, and I threw in a handful of fresh basil before putting it all in the blender. Delicious! My kids love it.

  • edeliz 15 Aug, 2012

    Perfect tomato soup for this lactose-intolerant girl! I do add some dill at the very end for a special taste. Even my husband who doesn't need to avoid dairy has requested this soup! Lovely!

  • Iloveyumyumfood 4 Oct, 2008

    It won't taste like onions if you carmelize the onions, and carmelized onions don't taste like an onion. It takes longer than 15 minutes though to do this. More like 25 minutes. Then it is an excellent soup.

  • castlenes 30 Sep, 2008

    This soup is awesome! Perfect Fall treat.

  • castlenes 30 Sep, 2008

    This soup is awesome! Perfect Fall treat.

  • myhumbleopinion 24 Sep, 2008

    This should have been called Onion Soup. Even after cutting back on the onions and adding more tomatoes, the taste was still way too heavy on the onions. I will definitely keep searching for the best Tomato Soup recipe.

  • zinniarain 15 Sep, 2008

    The first batch I made seemes too oniony but on making it a second time I realized that I hadn't let the onions cook enough the first time. Totally a fave at our house. Delish!!

  • heatherreese 8 Sep, 2008

    This was WAY to oniony (I'm sure it's not a word)! I would just go with the tomatoe soup that actually has some dairy in it unless your diet cannot handle it. The toast with the goat cheese spread was GREAT though!

  • rockonmartha 5 Sep, 2008

    I left behind some of the tomatoes pieces and onion while I blended the rest and it made for a chunky soup. It was very good that way, too.

  • lau204 8 Jun, 2008

    This is a great soup for people that can not have any dairy products in their diet. It is deliciuos with toasted french bread.

  • bridesmom 12 May, 2008

    Our daughter, Danielle, sent us this recipe. It is the most delicious and nutritious soup we've ever had. Plan to make a larger batch next time. Great with a Panini or Baguettes with Camp De Montalban Cheese. It's a winner with us!

    Edwina Colvino

  • bridesmom 12 May, 2008

    Our daughter, Danielle, sent us this recipe. It is the most delicious and nutritious soup we've ever had. Plan to make a larger batch next time. Great with a Panini or Baguettes with Camp De Montalban Cheese. It's a winner with us!

    Edwina Colvino

  • ShirleyNowicki 18 Apr, 2008

    We LOVE this soup. I make it up in large batches and freeze dinner size portions

  • seashellweddings 16 Apr, 2008

    ummm...I made the soup today after reading the comments~
    We just pureed the tomatoes prior to cooking and the onions after frying.
    Solves the whole problem of the blender exploding without buying another appliance. : )
    delicious!

  • seashellweddings 16 Apr, 2008

    ummm...I made the soup today after reading the comments~
    We just pureed the tomatoes prior to cooking and the onions after frying.
    Solves the whole problem of the blender exploding without buying another appliance. : )
    delicious!

  • kimsevier 1 Apr, 2008

    This was YUMMY and easy...I served this with crusty ciabata bread to dip in the soup....awesome

  • Peg-Leg 29 Mar, 2008

    I have hated tomato soup all my life until I bought this one at Costco. It is the best!
    I can't believe they have given out the recipe, but I'm glad! It taste just like the one from Costco. i have also told all my friends about this and I was surprised at how many people were like in hating tomato soup. not to put Campbell down, but, it's awful!
    Peg

  • francie 29 Mar, 2008

    I've never made tomato soup because I never liked it. I tried this and make it about once a week. Love the taste, easy to make, and it uses ingredients that I have on hand. Quick-Easy-Good!!!

  • mjcristina 27 Mar, 2008

    I made it with fresh tomatos and it was a lovely soup :)

  • Bearzeekin 9 Mar, 2008

    This soup is great addition to my recipe collection. It is easy to prepare and an Imersion blender in the sauce pan it also a great way to blend the ingredients. I would like to know if this recipe freezes well. this way I can send it to my daughter in college.

  • everkeeper 9 Mar, 2008

    it is a Sunday morning and i got up early to get my husband his tomato soup for his bus driving in the morning. i only had salted butter and had regular canned diced tomatoes, but i figured i would try it with what i had and just add less salt. well the soup blended up nicely (no explosions because my blender lid has steam holes) and my husband sent me many text messages that morning telling how much he liked it.

  • tallo 8 Mar, 2008

    Over salted french onion soup with tomato in it. Sorry, but this went straight
    to the disposal. My husband does a better job with Campbell's out of the
    can. What a waste of ingredients and my time.

  • SuzyV 28 Feb, 2008

    I also used olive oil. The easiest, best tomato soup. It will be a staple in my house from now on.

  • MartiniLaura 28 Feb, 2008

    Very easy and quite tasty. I used 1 tablespoon of olive oil insted of the 6 tablespoons of butter to make it low cal and healthy.

  • Bambie333 22 Feb, 2008

    WOW that was one of the best Tomato soup I have ever made,and so easy.I had to call my bestfriend and tell her how GREAT it was.I think it would make a great start to any dinner .Thank you Martha

  • NUTKIN 21 Feb, 2008

    WELL Martha - I now know what your bleep said (on the air) with Katherine H. I said the very same expletive when the cooked tomatoes exploded out of the blender and on to me, my new kitchen rug, the wall, fridge, vent fan, stove and counter tops....It might be wise to cool them a bit before blending....my blender became a volcano twice.....I held on to the lid harder the second time and it still blew. The kitchen and I were complete disasters!
    The soup however...was maaavelous darling

  • Carltondogs 20 Feb, 2008

    I think this soup is wonderful, didnt want to use chicken (on Friday) so used vegetable stock and cut down the butter a little, still wonderful, will try the dairy free soy free marg. next time. Thanks

  • HONEYPOOH 18 Feb, 2008

    the tomato soup i am seeking is a polish soup (starts with sch ???); it is a tomato based soup with small macaroni in it. can you help me??? or maybe (i hope) this is the recipe and all i have to add it macaroni.....i would love to serve it for her birthday ...... we lived in Hamtramck MI at the time, as you know a fully Polish city. i have many prized recipes but wasn't able to get this recipe . please help. thank s love your show; watch every day.

  • DufferD 15 Feb, 2008

    I think common sense is needed with the person that broke the blender. First off never pour extremely hot things into glass, second add a metal spoon to the glass and pour the hot liquid on it. The metal spoon will take up the heat and save the glass. Oh yes, in this persons case don't forget to take the spoon out before blending. Better yet buy an immersion blender!

  • lindalovesmartha 11 Feb, 2008

    I have now made the soup many times since it aired - my 16 year old daughter said it as good as her favorite tomato soup at Nordstrom's. Now that's a win! I agree with the immersion blender - it came out perfectly and was less cleanup. We have also added fresh chopped basil to the soup.

  • WifeyinParmaHeights 7 Feb, 2008

    The soup turned out nice and creamy, without any cream or milk. Along with other comments, I have to say the only way to make this is with an immersion blender - quick, easy, safe with hot liquids

  • linda49 6 Feb, 2008

    This soup has a very strong onion flavor. I even added more tomatoes than called for. I was very disappointed in the results.

  • GmaBabsy 6 Feb, 2008

    Glad to see that someone came up with a good way of avoiding all that butter. I'll try the recipe with the dairy free soy free margarine too...sounds good!

  • AmyWBauer 30 Jan, 2008

    I traded out the butter for dairy free soy free margarine and it was THE most tasty soup! Thank you for this recipe, Martha and staff! My family avoids dairy so anything that tastes creamy but isn't is always an extra treat!

  • babushkabakery 29 Jan, 2008

    Martha, Katherine Heigel looked like a beautiful Donna Reed coming down the steps in her crinoline lined dress...but your staff needs a spanking for not giving you an immersion blender for that hot soup!

  • aggieg 29 Jan, 2008

    Made this yesterday, added some fresh basil, and it was delicious! Just finished the last bowl...added some leftover shrimp to it for some added protein and it was a great lunch. I will definately make it again! Also used the hand blender and it was so easy!

  • lbowmjb 28 Jan, 2008

    I made this today. Used one can of diced tomatoes and one can homemade chicken stock plus onion and chopped garlic and a chopped carrot. Also added some chopped basil. It was really good and will definately make it again. The person that added the mushrooms and thyme sounds good. Might try that next time.

  • alabaster 28 Jan, 2008

    I made this yesterday for my mother in-law it came out great. Then I got smart and changed out the tomatoes for Mushrooms. I didn't use as much chicken stock and added Thyme. I felt happy after that bowl. ;o)

  • wsquaredca 28 Jan, 2008

    I made this yesterday - I subbed the garlic for Roasted Garlic and increased the amount of pepper to close to 1 tsp. I must say I found it too sweet yesterday (no doubt due to the garlic), but after having it today - wowzers! Man what a great flavour! I too, used the immersion blender and found it was simple and pureed up easliy

  • MoniqueV 27 Jan, 2008

    This soup was really good. I followed the directions exactly except one half of the batch I added half a tsp of celery salt and half a tsp of seasalt it made a tasty difference. And went great with grilled ham and cheese on rye!

  • kaui05 26 Jan, 2008

    are you supposed to drain the can of tomatoes

  • gabbychar 26 Jan, 2008

    I used the handblender and it worked great. It was much easier than transferring to blender. The soup was simply delicious. I added some basil and thyme and it was a hit.

  • Christine951 25 Jan, 2008

    I think it might be best to use a hand blender right in the soup pan, so there would be no need to transfer the hot soup to another container. How about that?

  • bon521 25 Jan, 2008

    I made the soup this morning. When I began to use my old, plastic blender, the soup spewed out of the top, just like it did for Martha. I contacted MSL customer service and found that one should first "burp the lid while the blender is off to let steam escape." Also, make sure to blend in very small batches. Despite not liking the mess I had to clean up, I loved the soup and will definitely make it again!

  • Ruggii 25 Jan, 2008

    To the person who burned their arm after she put the boiling hot soup into the blender: You recommended someone putting a warning on the recipe to tell you not to put boiling hot soup in a blender. Instead please use common sense.

  • Ruggii 25 Jan, 2008

    To the person who burned their arm with the boiling hot soup they put in the blender: You recommended someone putting a warning on the recipe to tell you not to put boiling hot soup in a blender. Instead why don't you try to use some common sense?

  • tetaM 24 Jan, 2008

    I would highly recommend an immersion blender for many reasons but mainly safety and convience (less washing, less spillage, etc.) Some immersion blenders are cordless!

  • RhondaM1989 24 Jan, 2008

    I am so glad that the blender did not hurt your child. You should never put a scalding hot liquid right into a glass blender! I know that that is just a big rule of the kitchen. I am so happy no one got hurt!

  • davidsonsusa 24 Jan, 2008

    WARNING! Be very careful with this recipe! After I transferred the soup into the jar of my expensive blender, the jar cracked from the heat and scalded my arm. This recipe should state before transferring into blender, to let cool. Thank goodness my child was standing next to me. This was a very expensive and painful failed attempt!

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