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Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe (Vegan) 

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Indulge in this creamy, dairy-free copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe—velvety, rich flavors with simple ingredients—comfort in every spoonful.

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Discover the joy of a homemade copycat of Panera’s beloved Tomato Soup. This delicious soup captures the essence of Panera’s creamy delight, yet it’s dairy-free and simple to whip up. 

This Vegan Tomato Soup is so simple to make, but so complex in flavor. I highly recommend using garden fresh tomatoes when possible, they will send this soup over the top with flavor. 

Get ready to savor every spoonful of this comforting classic!

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Reader Review of this Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe

“I made this tonight for my family and it was such a hit! ” – Ebony


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Do you remember eating canned tomato soup? Maybe you still do.

When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I used to LOVE that soup! It was an easy meal. I usually paired it with a greasy grilled cheese sandwich, so it would be over-the-top unhealthy, however, I thought it was a light meal.

The classic brand canned tomato soup is only 225 calories a can and it has no fat, but did you know it has over 50% of the daily SODIUM recommendation? Did you also know that it has 30 grams of SUGAR?! That’s 7 and a half teaspoons!

Plus, it has high fructose corn syrup which has been linked to serious health issues like obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It also has NATURAL FLAVORING, which may or may not be monosodium glutamate, aka MSG.  MSG can cause reactions like headaches, facial pressure, numbness, drowsiness, and tingling. If you’ve ever experienced a reaction to MSG you know you want to avoid it. You can read more about MSG here.

I decided to make my own Vegetable Bouillon Powder instead of using chicken broth or store-bought vegetable stock to make this vegan tomato soup as healthy as possible. You won’t have to worry about chemicals or extra sodium if you decide to use it.

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Why you will love this Vegan Tomato Soup Recipe

  • Creamy Indulgence: Despite being dairy-free, this copycat recipe retains its creamy texture without the need for heavy cream.
  • Healthier Option: For those looking to reduce their dairy intake or adhere to a vegan diet, this easy homemade soup provides a healthier alternative without sacrificing the rich, savory flavors reminiscent of Panera’s tomato soup.
  • Easy Preparation: Easy instructions make this creamy tomato soup at home a breeze. Enjoy a delicious, restaurant-quality bowl of soup without the hassle or expense of dining out.

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Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Main Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe card including ingredient quantities, full step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and nutrient and daily values information for this healthy tomato soup recipe below.

  • 12 garden fresh tomatoes – you could sub a 28 oz canned tomatoes like San Marzano tomatoes
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Large yellow onion – you could also use a white onion
  • Garlic cloves or garlic powder 
  • Vegetable broth 
  • Dried basil or fresh basil
  • Sugar – just a little bit helps balance the acidity of the tomatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional – cashew cream for a creamier soup and red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick
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How to make this Dairy Free Tomato Soup Recipe

You can follow these simple steps for this creamy tomato basil soup.

  • Heat broiler on high.
  • Slice tomatoes into 1/2″ slices and place on a baking sheet. Place unpeeled garlic cloves on the baking sheet, too. Spray tomatoes and garlic with olive oil. Broil on high for 5 minutes.
  • As you broil the tomatoes and garlic, sauté the onion in a large soup pot on the stove top over medium heat. You can saute in a little oil or vegetable broth.
  • Add broiled tomatoes to the onions and continue to cook over medium heat. Squeeze garlic cloves out of their skin and place in pot with tomatoes and onions.
  • Add veggie stock, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, salt & pepper. Stir until combined. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender or transfer the hot soup carefully to a food processor or blender (in small batches) for a smooth pureed soup. For a silkier texture, strain (though this removes fiber) and garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy!

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Tips & Substitutions for Making Delicious Vegan Tomato Soup

  1. Roast for Flavor: Enhance the depth of flavor by roasting the tomatoes and garlic before adding them to the soup. This step adds richness and complexity rather than using canned.
  2. Quality Ingredients: Opt for ripe, juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs like basil for the best taste. Quality ingredients make a significant difference in the final dish.
  3. Creamy Texture: Achieve a velvety texture without dairy by using cashew cream. This creamy ingredient can add creaminess while keeping the soup dairy-free and delicious.

FAQ’s

What are the health benefits of tomato soup?

Yes, vegan tomato soup can be a healthy option depending on its ingredients and preparation. Tomatoes are rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, and antioxidants like lycopene, which is linked to various health benefits. 

The lycopene in tomatoes is associated with heart health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease. Vegan tomato soup can provide fiber which aids in digestion and promotes a healthy gut. 

However, the healthiness of any soup, including vegan tomato soup, also depends on how it’s made. Adding excessive amounts of salt, sugar, or fats can decrease its overall health benefits.

Homemade soup with fresh, whole ingredients and controlled amounts of added salt and sugar like this one is the best choice for health-conscious individuals. Plus, this soup is low in calories making it suitable for those watching their calorie intake.

Are Tomatoes Healthy?

Yes, tomatoes are healthy. They are rich in vitamins C and K, as well as potassium. Additionally, they contain antioxidants such as lycopene, which is linked to various health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Tomatoes are also low in calories and versatile for use in a wide range of dishes, making them a popular and nutritious choice in many diets.

Read more about the health benefits of tomatoes.

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How do I store Tomato Soup?

To store leftover tomato soup:

  1. Cool Properly: Allow the soup to cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.
  2. Refrigeration: Place the soup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It can typically last 3 to 4 days when properly refrigerated.
  3. Check Before Consuming: Always check the soup for any signs of spoilage before consuming, such as an off smell, unusual texture, or mold. If it looks or smells off, it’s best to discard it.

For more information regarding proper food storage go to https://www.foodsafety.gov/

Can you freeze homemade tomato soup?

Yes! You can freeze leftover tomato soup by following these directions:

  • Freezing: Use a freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bags. Leave some space at the top of the container or bag for expansion. Frozen tomato soup can last 4 to 6 months.
  • Thawing: When ready to eat, thaw frozen soup in the refrigerator overnight. Alternatively, gently reheat it directly from frozen on the stove, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

How Long Does Tomato Soup Last in the fridge?

As stated above, tomato soup can last 3-4 days when stored properly.

How to season tomato soup?

Seasoning tomato soup can enhance its flavor profile. Here are some common seasonings and ingredients used:

  1. Salt and Pepper: These are basic seasonings that can be adjusted to taste. Salt helps to bring out the flavors of the tomatoes. You could also use this Homemade Salt Substitute for lower sodium.
  2. Herbs: Fresh or dried herbs like basil, thyme, oregano, or parsley can add depth and freshness. Add them during cooking for a melded flavor or sprinkle fresh herbs on top before serving for a burst of freshness.
  3. Garlic: Minced or crushed garlic adds a savory, aromatic element to tomato soup. Saute it with onions at the beginning of cooking for a robust flavor.
  4. Onions: Sautéed onions are a classic addition to tomato soup, providing sweetness and depth of flavor.
  5. Red Pepper Flakes or hot sauce: For a bit of heat, red pepper flakes or hot sauce can be added. Adjust the amount based on your preference for spiciness.
  6. Bay Leaf: Adding a bay leaf while simmering can infuse the soup with a subtle earthy flavor. Remember to remove it before serving. You could also use this Replacement for Old Bay Seasoning for a unique flavor or this Copycat Old El Paso Taco Seasoning for a little Tex-Mex kick.
  7. Sugar: A pinch of sugar can help balance the acidity of the tomatoes, especially if they are very tart.
  8. Balsamic Vinegar: A splash of balsamic vinegar adds tanginess and depth. Stir it in towards the end of cooking.

Remember to taste the soup as you add seasonings, adjusting to your preference. It’s often recommended to start with a small amount and add more as needed, as it’s easier to add seasoning than to correct an overly seasoned dish.

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Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe (Vegan)

Indulge in this creamy, dairy-free copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe—velvety, rich flavors with simple ingredients—comfort in every spoonful.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword dairy free tomato soup, easy tomato soup recipe, panera tomato soup recipe, vegan tomato soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 116kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 12 garden fresh tomatoes could sub a 28 oz canned tomatoes
  • 15 ounce tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Heat broiler on high.
  • Slice tomatoes 1/2" slices and place on cookie sheet. Place unpeeled garlic cloves on cookie sheet. Spray tomatoes and garlic with olive oil. Broil on high for 5 minutes.
  • While broiling tomatoes and garlic, saute onion in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add broiled tomatoes to the onions and continue to cook over medium heat. Squeeze garlic cloves out of their skin and place in pot with tomatoes and onions.
  • Add veggie stock, tomato sauce, sugar, basil, salt & pepper. Stir until combined. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes.
  • Use an immersion blender or transfer the hot soup carefully to a food processor or blender (in small batches) for a smooth pureed soup. For a silkier texture, strain (though this removes fiber) and garnish with fresh basil. Enjoy

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Fiber: 6.5g

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22 Comments

  1. Wow I didn’t know there was so much sugar in canned soup! I’m not a huge fan of soup myself, but maybe it’s because I’ve been eating the canned stuff. I’ll maybe give this a try!

  2. 5 stars
    I love tomatoe soups on wedneday afternoons. But I don’t add basil, apart from that the recipe is completely same that I use.. The idea of adding basil is good, I’ll try it!

  3. I’ve never tried making tomato soup myself – but this sounds simple and delicious. Crazy to think that canned soup has so much sugar and sodium – makes it addictive. Better to make it yourself.

  4. 5 stars
    There is nothing better in winter than a good old bowl of thick tomato soup. It’s the only soup that i can eat over and over without getting bored of. But it has to be made with good flavorsome tomatoes. I am actually growing beef tomatoes in my garden, which are perfect for tomato soup.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious! I haven’t made tomato soup from scratch for a while so this recipe is really so nice to have on hand. I will get my ingredients ready and make this tomorrow for the family. It would pair well with grilled cheese sandwiches!

  6. 5 stars
    Tomato soup is my favorite soup of all time, especially during the winter. I’ll have to make this. It’s so much easier than most tomato soup recipes I’ve seen.

  7. Great recipe! I don’t think I have ever tried canned tomato soup but I was lucky and my mom is an amazing cook. Back in the day when everything we ate on the dinner table was made form scratch! Yes you’re right about the sodium in the pre-packed soup. So bad!

  8. 5 stars
    Tomato soup wow I heard about it but never tried it myself. Everyone said they love it but now I know how to make it. Thanks

  9. 5 stars
    Tomato soup has always been a favorite of mine, although I definitely had no idea of just how much a lot of the canned soup is so unhealthy. With your recipe here that is low fat, no cholesterol, and low calorie, what’s not to love? The recipe looks easy to follow and 20 mins to do this is just great!

  10. I have read many sources that say tomatoes are THE healthiest food in existence! Whether that is an exaggeration or not, I cannot say, but everyone agrees that tomatoes offer excellent nutrition and a bowl of hot tomato soup is a welcome treat any day.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my family and it was such a hit! It pairs great with a classic grilled cheese of course (not healthy but yummy). Saving this recipe to use again in the future!

  12. So glad that there is internet. We can immediately search for what we like to cook and voila! many suggestions will pop-up. Thank you for sharing your recipe as well! Indeed such very easy to follow.

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