A Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup

By America’s Test Kitchen | December 7th, 2022

A dreamy take on a traditional favorite

With this easy homemade Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup, you can have the warm goodness of soup with none of the guilt.

Packaged soups are typically loaded with calories and detrimental ingredients, like sodium, unhealthy fats, and thickening agents – and they are often not even that tasty. With this easy homemade Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup, you can have the warm goodness of soup with none of the guilt.

A bowl of soup is like a blank piece of paper ready for your creative touches. Garnish bowls of soup with any of the following: a handful of croutons, a sprinkling of minced fresh herbs (chives and parsley are especially good), a dollop of yogurt or sour cream, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, chopped nuts, or sunflower seeds.

Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup

Serves 1 to 2 (makes 2 cups)


  • 2 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 (14.5- ounce) can diced tomatoes, opened
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 slice hearty white sandwich bread*, torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar


  1. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium- low heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Pour tomatoes and their juice into the saucepan. Stir in broth, bread and sugar. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until bread starts to fall apart, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat. Let tomato mixture cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer tomato mixture into a blender jar. Place lid on top of blender and hold lid firmly in place with a folded dish towel. Process until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour soup into bowls or mugs and serve.

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* Try substituting whole grain bread (without seeds) for added health benefits.

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