Cheap and Speedy Tomato Soup

This is the simplest and quickest tomato soup to make in the world. It’s not going to set your tastebuds on fire but it’ll do nicely for office lunches and whats better, it won’t break the bank. In fact, it’ll do the opposite as its cheap as chips and freezes well too so why not make a big batch?

This makes enough tomato soup for 3 good size portions or 4 if eating with bread on the side – and at less than 90p a serving, its really good value. You can pay that for a tin and who knows what they have in them. I’ve worked out costings based on 3 large portions using value price tinned toms and regular for everything else. Of course, the more you make, the cheaper it gets too.

  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 750ml veg stock
  • 2 small carrots, peeled & diced
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • Salt & pepper to season
  • Fresh thyme/ basil, whatever herbs you prefer
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree


  • Gently sautee the onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add the fresh thyme and stir fir a couple of seconds.
  • Add the tomato puree and stir through before adding the tinned toms.
  • Simmer for 15 – 20 mins until the liquid has reduced slightly.
  • Season to taste and sprinkle with fresh thyme/basil whatever you have!
  • Blend until smooth and you’re ready to go. That’s it! So simple!

I’m entering this tomato soup into the February No Croutons Required – a blog link up hosted by the wonderful Tinned Tomatoes and Lisa’s Kitchen blogs. Take a look for lots of vegetarian soup and salad inspiration and banish bad packet lunches from your day! Plus, if you fancy getting involved, you have until the 20th of the month to get your entry in!

Whats your favourite soup recipe? Do share!


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  1. 11th February 2014 / 3:43 pm

    Finally a soup recipe that doesn't call for a load of ingredients I don't already have! This sounds wonderful!

  2. 11th February 2014 / 6:39 pm

    I know! This one is so easy to make, I do it whilst I'm making dinner, work lunches done 🙂

  3. 14th February 2014 / 1:59 pm

    That really is very simple. Beautiful–especially your fresh thyme leaves–they look like little green vines.

  4. 15th February 2014 / 4:40 pm

    It is so simple but still tasty! I love fresh herbs.. thyme especially – magical!

  5. 18th February 2014 / 4:55 pm

    Looks lovely Alex. I made some last week when I had far too many toms left after a visit to the market. Simple and tasty. I've always wanted to make it with black cherry tomatoes, but they are hard to get unless you grow your own.

  6. 1st March 2014 / 10:20 pm

    A truly excellent soup to have in your repertoire. Love it! Thanks for submitting it to No Croutons Required. The roundup i now live.

  7. 3rd March 2014 / 9:14 pm

    Thanks Jackie – sometimes simple is all you need! Great round up this month too! Can't wait for the next one.

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