Table of Contents
  1. The ingredients that make up this tomato soup
  2. Watch how to make this creamy tomato soup
  3. Dairy-Free Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

When the weather is cold outside, tomato soup and grilled cheese always hit the right spot. The flavors are located somewhere between our favorite childhood memory and the most comforting meal we crave as adults.

Growing up, tomato soup was often made from our home-canned concentrate. I still can the concentrate each year, but I also love to make a quick, fresh soup. The ingredients are simple and almost always what we have in the pantry.

To make this creamy without the heaviness of actual cream, I added white beans. Once the whole soup is blended, the beans become creamy and give just the right texture. It’s an easy swap-out that makes this a dairy-free recipe!

Hand holding grilled cheese sandwich dipping into white bowl filled with creamy tomato soup

The ingredients that make up this tomato soup

  • Butter is the fat used to sauté and is essential to a well-rounded tomato soup. The richness of the butter balances out the acidity of tomatoes.
  • Celery, onion, and carrot are the unusual players in this soup. Instead of only tomatoes, these vegetables add an underlyingly full vegetal flavor to enhance the tomatoes. No one will guess they’re in the soup, but will love the flavor.
  • Tomato paste is not often found in tomato soup. The paste is condensed tomato and has a concentrated flavor accompanied with some sweetness. This turns the tomato flavor up a notch without adding too much liquid.
  • Canned diced tomatoes are tomatoes picked while ripe and instantly canned to retain all of their flavor and freshness. The fresh tomatoes at the grocery store in the off-season are tasteless. These canned tomatoes are always in season.
  • White beans are the secret component that makes this a creamy but dairy-free soup. Everyone loves a creamy tomato soup, but the added fat and rich cream can drown out the other flavors. White beans are almost tasteless and provide the best texture.
Top down view of metal pot filled with creamy tomato soup with ladle inside all on white countertop

Tomato soup is oftentimes an afterthought. This recipe brings it back to the forefront of your meal list! The best part is how easy and quick it is to make. While it’s cooking, you can get the grilled cheese ready and soon you’ll have a perfect comforting meal.

White plate with two slices of grilled cheese sitting on top
I love to pair this tomato soup recipe with a grilled cheese sandwich made from sourdough bread, Gouda, and triple cream Brie.

Watch how to make this creamy tomato soup

Top down view of white bowl filled with red colored creamy tomato soup with slice of grilled cheese sandwich sitting on side of bowl all on white countertop

Dairy-Free Creamy Tomato Soup

3.94 from 50 votes
Author: Kaleb
A deliciously creamy tomato soup is the perfect recipe to make when the weather is cold outside. But what's best about this tomato soup is that it has no dairy, so whether watching calories or totally avoiding, this is the recipe to make!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter (or oil)
  • ¾ cup diced celery
  • ¾ cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ½ tsp celery seed
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can white beans drained
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water (as needed)

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter (or oil) in a 4-quart saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the celery, carrot, onion, salt, and pepper. Stir and cover to allow the vegetable to soften but not brown, 4-5 minutes.
    2 tbsp butter (or oil), ¾ cup diced celery, ¾ cup diced carrot, 1 cup diced onion, 1 ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper
  • Once the vegetables have softened and released some liquid, add the garlic and tomato paste. Cook the tomato paste until it has darkened and wants to coat the bottom of the saucepan, 2-3 minutes.
    2 cloves garlic, 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • Add the chili flakes and celery seed and stir. Pour in the tomatoes, white beans, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until the carrots are fully soft, 15-20 minutes.
    ½ tsp chili flakes, ½ tsp celery seed, 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, 1 15-oz can white beans, 1 cup water (as needed)
  • Once the carrots are fully soft, remove the soup from the heat and add the apple cider vinegar. Pour the soup into a blender canister. Leave the vent on the lid open and cover with a dishcloth to allow the steam to escape. Blend until smooth and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Return to the saucepan and keep warm until ready to serve.
    1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 7.3gFat: 4.1gSaturated Fat: 1.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.9gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 7.6mgSodium: 719.3mgPotassium: 528.5mgFiber: 6.9gSugar: 8.5gVitamin A: 156.4IUVitamin C: 15.4mgCalcium: 93.8mgIron: 3.6mg
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Cooking

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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is very tasty. I used some leftover cooked lentils in place of white beans and added a bit of white wine. I cut back on some of the chili flakes and it is still pretty spicy, but delicious! Thanks Kaleb.

  2. 4 stars
    I love the texture after I ran it through the Vitamix, The white beans does mute the flavor of the true tomato taste so if not for the tomato paste it wouldn’t work. The only real change I made was no celery seed (I don’t like the texture of it, especially in something that has no texture.) I added a big pinch of dried basil. I served with a good drizzle of tasting olive oil, freshly cracked pepper and a grating or two of parm. It was delicious with dad’s corny cornbread. I’d say this one is a keeper. I love the bean idea – I always forget about creamy white beans. I used cannelloni beans this time.

  3. 5 stars
    This soup was incredible! Very easy and cost effective! Full of flavor and super creamy! My teenager could stop saying how it was so much better than the can and was more filling and had more flavor. It took about the same amount of time that a can would without all that added stuff we don’t need! Can’t wait to make it again!

  4. 5 stars
    This soup is I N C R E D I B L E. Quite possibly the best soup I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. It was very easy to make and was so full of flavor. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I will DEFINITELY be making it again!

  5. Just made the dairy free tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches!!!! My family loved it!!! My son-in-law said: “Best tomato soup I ever had! Freakin Awesome Soup!”

  6. 5 stars
    Hi from Montréal, Quebec, cda.
    Tried your soup and will certainly make it again. Very different from other tomato soups I have made. Thank you , love the bean addition.

  7. 5 stars
    Made the soup for dinner tonight and I tasted it made herself a tiny bowl just to see how it was an oh my gosh I love it gonna do with grilled cheese with it thank you Kakeb for always bringing fresh ideas with the healthy twist… to a classic recipe. I think I’ve made just about everything you’ve put out there I love it all looking forward to the next video

  8. 2 stars
    This was a big disappointment. Despite all the veggies & beans, vinegar & butter, it tasted overwhelmingly like canned tomatoes. Maybe we’ve gotten spoiled by the flavor & texture of Trader Joe’s tomato & red pepper soup, which we love & I usually doctor up with veggies. This was a lot of work for no improvement on a boxed store product.

    We’ll try to salvage this by using it as marinara. Hopefully, a whole wheat pasta with some sautéed spinach & mushrooms will cut the flavor of canned tomatoes.

    1. Hello! I’m glad you tried the tomato soup recipe and it is too bad it was not to your liking. I understand when we have something we love already love it is hard to live up to that. There are so many people that enjoy this recipe but I know not everyone will. Hope you can salvage it as you mentioned.

  9. This soup is excellent! Also made the sourdough grilled cheese, with a smoked Gouda and triple cream Brie with wild mushrooms in it (Trader Joe’s). Put a slice of red roasted pepper in the sandwich.

    Will be making this again.

    Thank you Kaleb

  10. 5 stars
    I’d love more information on your canning of this home base concentrate. Tomato soup . I love canning . This soup is delicious. Thank you

  11. 5 stars
    This soup turned out delicious! I cut down the amount of chili flakes because of picky eaters and it had just the right amount of heat. I also used canned fire roasted tomatoes with garlic that I thought gave it a great smoky flavor. I will totally be adding this to my collection of soup recipes. Also loved the fact that this was dairy free and healthy! Thanks Wyseguide!

  12. 5 stars
    OMGEEEEE KALEB!!
    Made this tonight just as written, after studying your video & reading instructions a couple of times! Then SHOWTIME 😁 This IS the BEST homemade tomato soup ever! You hit it out of the park!! My husband can’t stop, ooooh, mmmmm, yummm, oh honey, this is THE BOMB!! We can’t thank you enough for making our mealtimes SO delicious & special! Cheers!!

  13. 5 stars
    I loved this creamy soup. I cut down the pepper flakes for the first try, but it still had a slight kick. Full of flavor and loved that it doesn’t have higher calorie dairy.

    Thanks so much for sharing. It’s now a favorite.

  14. 5 stars
    KALEB!! My husband won’t stop ooooh-ing & ahhh-ing over this recipe!! Made it just as a written, watched the video and OMG this is a huge hit!! Honestly, I had no idea that you could make homemade tomato soup! I just can’t believe how this recipe is so over the top with flavor!!
    Thank you for making our meals so happy and delicious!!

  15. This soup isn’t dairy free because of the butter. Can you substitute plant butter. We have dairy/ lactose intolerant folks in the family.

  16. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe! I made it today. The soup is really delicious with a great texture and good tomato flavor. I used cayenne pepper instead of chili flakes and added some smoked paprika. Thanks!

  17. 4 stars
    I liked the sound of the soup and tried to follow the recipe. Im in Scotland, we dont use cup measures so it was difficult. No celery seed locally and dont know what your white beans are-i used butter beans first time, cannelloni beans second time. Have to say i really really liked it! Will be a very regular soup and i actually think it tastes better without cream 🙂. Thanks for a great recipe.