Summer's Tomato Soup

Seasonal clothing is commonplace, think summer sandals vs winter boots. But a homemade tomato soup especially for summer? Yes! Summer's Tomato Soup is simple, just a few pantry ingredients plus fresh tomatoes. It's made with summer's ripest and reddest tomatoes so the soup's color is extra beautiful. And the taste? Complex. Unexpected. Summery.
Seasonal cooks, you know you'll love this herb-tinged tomato soup. If you're curious? Yes, there's a cold-weather homemade tomato soup too, it's Winter Tomato Soup!

Summer's Tomato Soup, another fresh & seasonal summer soup ♥, beautiful color, made with summer's best fresh tomatoes. Looks simple, tastes complex.

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  • "... we couldn't believe how something so simple was so delicious." ~ Anonymous
  • "This is fantastic!" ~ Jessica

Sliced tomatoes with garlic chive flowers

The Fleeting Days of Summer Tomatoes

Summer tomatoes and college kids are a lot alike.

Oh! The anticipation of their arrival! And while they’re around, it’s hard to get enough. And when they’re gone – far too soon – you miss ‘em.

Here in eastern Missouri, once Arkansas’ picked-three-days-before-yesterday tomato invaders show up, the picked-this-mornin’ local tomatoes aren’t far behind.

For a couple of weeks, it’s red heaven on a plate. Sliced and salted. Sliced and sugared. Sliced and slivered with basil and slippery with mozzarella.

And then into September, it's tomatoes grilled, broiled, roasted, sandwiched and then finally, souped.

SUMMER’s TOMATO SOUP is a light, herb-tinged soup that makes for a perfect starter or a light supper. It's as different from Winter Tomato Soup as, well, summer and winter, sun and snow, steamy August and frosty January.


Summer's Tomato Soup ♥, simple, light homemade tomato soup, made with fresh tomatoes. Beautiful color. Looks simple, tastes complex.


Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time-to-table: 15 minutes
Makes 5 cups
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 pound perfectly ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups skim milk (see ALANNA’s TIPS)
  • Bits of fresh basil or thyme

Heat a large pot on medium high and melt the butter. Add the onion, stir well to coat with fat and let cook for 2 – 3 minutes until soft but before turning golden. Add the flour, let cook for about 1 minute, stirring continuously. Stir in the tomatoes, water and sugar, let cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. (If you like, prepare to this point and refrigerate or freeze. Reheat before proceeding.)

Stir in the salt and soda. Don’t worry when the mixture foams up, it's supposed to! Add the milk and heat through but do not allow to boil and stir often to avoid scorching on the bottom of the pot. Serve immediately topped with bits of basil or thyme.

ALANNA's TIPS For a slightly less homespun company-for-supper version, use whole milk for richness and purée the soup in a blender for smoothness. For something in-between, make the soup with skim milk, then stir in a splash of half 'n' half. Some times, I add a dollop of basil pesto to each bowl. Wash, dry and then freeze tomatoes (as is, no canning, no chopping) at their summer peak for soups and stews in winter. Just before using, if you like, hold a still-frozen tomato under warm tap water to easily remove the skin. More details? See How to Freeze Tomatoes.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup with Skim/Whole Milk: 85/110 Calories; 2/5g Tot Fat; 2/3g Sat Fat; 7/15mg Cholesterol; 149/137mg Sodium; 12/11g Carb; 1g Fiber; 9g Sugar; 5/4g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 1/2 & PointsPlus 2/3 & SmartPoints 4/5 & Freestyle 3/4 & myWW green 3/4 & blue 3/4 & purple 3/4
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  1. Anonymous8/25/2008

    My husband made this last night for dinner, we couldn't believe how something so simple was so delicious. Thank you!

  2. This is fantastic! I used corn starch instead of flour so it's gluten free. Stashed some tomatoes in the freezer for this winter!

  3. Jessica ~ Yay, another fan! And I’m so glad to know about the GF option, thanks for letting me know!

  4. kathleen8/10/2021

    Just to let you know...fresh tomato soup for dinner tonight....thanks for my favorite recipe...kathleen


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