How to Season Tomato Soup


Perhaps you’ve had homemade tomato soup or even prepared tomato soup and its flavor was simply lacking. Knowing how to season tomato soup can either make or break the experience.

Making easy tomato soup with your fresh garden tomatoes is a great option for winter preservation and food storage. And it’s better than a can of tomato soup.

We’ll walk you through our step-by-step instructions for some of the best seasoned tomato soup that you’ve tasted. And it’s easy to make. Let’s get started.

Popular Seasonings for Tomato Soup

There are a variety of items that can be added to tomato soup to give it flavor. Let’s take a look at some of the more popular items.  


Herbs and seasonings are some of our favorite things to add to soup along with our ripe tomatoes. When you’re making a tomato basil soup recipe, obviously you’ll want to add fresh basil. Basil is a popular complement to tomatoes.

Garlic or garlic cloves are another hit. Using fresh garlic or garlic powder, which are most likely one of your pantry staples is sure to add some flavor.

Italian seasoning has a variety of herbs that are included in its ingredient list. Basil is one of the top herbs, among others that makes up this medley of flavor.


If you’d like to add some punch to your tomato soup, you can add some peppers or pepper flakes. Our recipe simply calls for green pepper. But red pepper flakes will add some medium heat to your tomato soup.

Black pepper is also a milder option which is a great go to seasoning for tomato soup.


At one time or another, you’ve likely had a creamy tomato soup. Things like cheese, sour cream and heavy cream aren’t ingredients that we’d necessarily label as seasonings, but they’re a way to add flavor to a bland batch of tomato soup.

A dollop of sour cream and a pinch of parmesan cheese are sure to make your creamy tomato soup recipe have a delicious flavor.

What Kind of Tomatoes Should I Use?

There are a variety of tomatoes that work well for tomato soup. Heirloom varieties are delicious as well as roma tomatoes.

Feel free to use different kinds of whole tomatoes for a great flavor for your classic tomato soup.

Easy and Delicious Tomato Soup Recipe

To make this seasoned tomato soup recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients. The quantity of each ingredient can vary depending on your flavor preferences. And ingredients can be added or omitted based on preferences.


1 large onion

1 green pepper

4 celery stalks

2 carrots

1 or 2 tsp fresh garlic

2 veggie seasoning cubes, better than bouillon or chicken broth

Fresh tomatoes

Fresh basil


Chop carrots, celery, green pepper, and onion into manageable pieces. Place in a large soup pot and cover with just enough water. Start to cook on medium-high heat, then decrease to medium-low heat.

Once vegetables are slightly soft, add a large number of tomatoes quartered with skin left on.

When the tomatoes start to soften a bit, put in the blender and blend until smooth (do this in several batches). Or use an immersion blender and blend the mixture leaving it right in the pot.

Add black pepper and more seasoning.

Serve and enjoy. Or store in the refrigerator or freezer for later use.

How to Store Homemade Tomato Soup

The best way to store your homemade tomato soup recipe is in an airtight container. You’ll want to use caution if you’re working with hot soup. We recommend letting it cool slightly before transferring it to the refrigerator or freezer.

To store your tomato soup, chances are you’ll not want to leave it in its large pot. Instead, transfer it to useable sized portions and place it in a zipped freezer bag or storage jar for use later.

Tomato soup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to 2 months. Remember to date and label the contents of your package if you’re transferring it to the freezer.

What to Eat with Tomato Soup

The absolute most popular dish to serve with tomato soup is a grilled cheese sandwich. It makes the perfect tomato soup meal. 

Cheese sandwiches are the first most popular item to eat with tomato soup, but we’ve compiled a whole list of ideas in our post here, to get you thinking.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Following are frequently asked questions that relate to how to season tomato soup. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to drop it to us in the comments box below and we’ll be happy to answer it.

What can you add to tomato soup to make it taste better?

Chilly days are some of the best days to eat a bowl of tomato soup. And of course, you’ll want it to have the best flavor and not turn out tasting like tomato paste.

There are so many herbs, seasonings, and creamy items you can use for your homemade soup, and they don’t have to be exact measurements.  See our list above for all the ideas, including parmesan cheese which is a favorite tomato complement.

Why does my tomato soup taste bland?

Good tomato soup is made from fresh ingredients and has a good flavor. It’s not like the canned stuff. Likely if your tomato soup seems bland, it is not seasoned well enough.

Try adding some fresh herbs, vegetable broth, or other items from our list above to take it from a tomato sauce feeling to a deliciously flavorful soup.

How to spice up Campbell’s vegetable soup?

Depending on the amount of heat you want to add to your canned vegetable soup, some things you can add for flavor include red pepper flakes, dice jalapenos, and black pepper to name a few ideas.

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4bs Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

What Makes a Tomato an Heirloom Tomato

How to Peel Tomatoes

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