Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy tomato soup is topped with crispy, cheesy baked mozzarella balls that turn this foodie classic into a melty, cheesy, bowl of YUM! 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Tomato Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Jenn Laughlin - Peas and Crayons


  • 1/2 14.5 oz can tomato sauce (pureed tomatoes)
  • 1/2 15 oz can low-sodium fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion (approx. 1.5 cups diced)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 TBSP grape seed or olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 stalk of celery (approx. 1/4 cup diced)
  • 5 baby carrots, chopped
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (or 1/4-1/2 cup of milk or cream)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 TBSP dried basil (or fresh) plus extra to garnish
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Saute chopped onions, celery, and carrots in 2 Tbsp oil until tender.
  2. Once the onions are translucent, add garlic and saute for about a minute or so to bring out the flavor.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Next add tomatoes, tomato sauce, cream cheese and broth and let simmer for 25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have shacked up together.
  5. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, pepper, and the sugar, if needed.
  6. Next add your basil. If you're using plain dried basil, start with 1/2 Tbsp and then slowly add more to taste.
  7. Next, puree using an immersion blender until fabulously smooth and bisque-like. You can also blend the soup, in two batches, in your blender or food processor.

  8. Serve piping hot topped with fresh basil and deliciously cheesy mozz balls. You'll have a grand old time dunking your balls in this soup.
  9. You're welcome.

Recipe Notes

For the step-by-step mozzarella ball recipe, see post below!

This sassy soup can also be served with garlic parmesan chickpeas, croutons, or grilled cheese for dunking!

For a creamy vibrant bisque (as pictured above) follow recipe as directed. For a redder, tomato-packed soup feel free to add extra pureed tomatoes to the mix.

Both are deeelish -- I'll let you decide which one is your fav! Ooh! and if you want a cream-free tomato-basil soup recipe to add to your collection click here.