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Kickin’ Tomato Soup

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I hope everyone’s had a great long weekend remembering all who’s served and are serving and enjoying time with family and friends! I have been moving all the weekend. I think for the most part we have all the small stuff moved over. Just waiting for this Saturday to move all the furniture to the house and then we’ll be officially in. We’re still staying in the apartment, which really sucks because it’s really barren and whenever we go to the new house to organize, I’m just wishing we were already in there! Oh, so my props and spice/pantry were 5 separate boxes. I think they each weighed like 20 pounds. It’s ridiculous, but I’m so thrilled to be in my new kitchen because the cabinet space is SO spacious and it holds so much. Which, is funny because now what was busting at the seams at the apartment, it’s so empty at the new house. I guess I gotta purchase more props ;)

Since I’ve been moving all weekend and we’ve been living off of leftovers, pizza, and take-out, I thought I’d share a really simple recipe that is great to make ahead of time and put half the batch in the freezer and half in the fridge so you can heat it up whenever, ie: when you’re moving.

Tomato soup is one of my favorite soups, ever. It’s just so good. I love the consistency and the flavor. Simplicity at its best! I love pairing it with some grilled cheese. Best comfort combination. We had it with the bacon & avocado grilled cheese a few weeks ago. Oh my gosh, it was perfection.

Grab the recipe below to make this silly easy dish to pair with your favorite dinner!

Also, Rachel of Rachel Cooks is featuring me in her “Day in the Life” series so go on over there to check out what a regular day for me is like…it’s definitely not all about food, although I often wish it were :)

Kickin’ Tomato Soup

This is a classic Tomato Soup recipe with a spicy kick! Fire roasted tomatoes, half and half, chicken stock, and red pepper flakes combine to make a filling bowl of soup with some heat!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 42 ounces canned fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes*
  • Large handful of basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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  • In a large pot, saute the onions with some olive oil until translucent then add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add in the tomatoes and cook covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add in the chicken stock and half and half, bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until mixture has thickened.
  • Add the basil, crushed red pepper, and salt/pepper. Lower your heat and cook for 5 minutes more.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until it is a smooth consistency and there are no large chunks left.
  • Serve immediately with some crusty bread or grilled cheese!
  • You can store this in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes

Source: adapted from The Novice Chef
Serves 4-6 people. 


Calories: 152 kcal | Carbohydrates: 23 g | Protein: 7 g | Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 9 mg | Sodium: 658 mg | Potassium: 224 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 11 g

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fire roasted tomato soup, homemade tomato soup, spicy tomato soup
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Tuesday 19th of February 2019

The fifth step says to add the cooked chicken...but it’s not listed under ingredients. Is this supposed to have chicken?

Julie Wampler

Wednesday 20th of February 2019

Lol wow, not sure why I put that step in. I removed it. Definitely doesn't have chicken except for chicken broth!

Sydney @ The Crepes of Wrath

Thursday 31st of May 2012

I love making soups in the summer because you can make a big batch and freeze most of it to thaw out and heat up quickly for an easy, oven-free weeknight meal. This looks like just the thing to go alongside a grilled cheese!


Wednesday 30th of May 2012

This soup looks so comforting Julie and I would love the spicy kick! I love the fire roasted canned tomatoes in soups, they add so much flavor!

Jen @ Savory Simple

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

There's nothing quite as comforting as homemade tomato soup!

claire @ the realistic nutritionist

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

I mean, is there anything better than tomato soup? I think not!