October 18, 2021

by Alyssa

Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

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Make an ultra-creamy and healthy Vegan Tomato Soup with hummus, canned tomatoes, sauteed vegetables and garlic. Add your favorite toppings to a grilled cheese on the side!

bowl of vegan tomato soup with croutons

When we get out of quarantine I hope that we look back on this time and realize how creative it has forced us to be in the kitchen. How it's helped us look at simple ingredients that we always have on hand and make something delicious.

Since we're trying to limit our runs to the store, I've definitely been experimenting a lot more with pantry items. And while some things have been a complete flop, I've had a few winners as well. This vegan tomato soup is one of them!

This soup is delicious. Absolutely scrumptious. It's creamy, it's flavorful, and yet it's SO easy to make. It only has 9 ingredients and comes together in under 30 minutes. And it's absolutely the perfect companion to vegan grilled cheese.

ingredients for soup with tomato, carrots, hummus and broth

Ingredients for Vegan Tomato Soup

One of the great things about this recipe is the ingredient list. It's a short and sweet list of pantry staples. I'd even bet you have most, if not all, of these ingredients at home right now!

Here's what we'll be using to make this soup:

  • Olive oil: For sauteing and getting some flavor and color to the start of the soup.
  • Onion and garlic: To build flavor.
  • Carrot: These add a nice layer of sweetness and help cut the acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Diced tomatoes: I use two 28-ounce cans of traditional diced tomatoes, but feel free to use fire-roasted, garlic, tomato basil, etc.
  • Veggie broth: You could also use chicken broth if you prefer. Store-bought or homemade broth both work.
  • Hummus: This is the secret ingredient that adds such a great flavor and creaminess!
  • Seasonings: I love Italian seasoning blend with anything tomato-related.

And then we just have a few simple seasonings to finish everything off.

bowl of creamy tomato soup with croutons

How to Make Tomato Soup

This vegan tomato soup is also a cinch to make. It takes less than 25 minutes to make. But if you want to build even more flavor, you can simmer it for longer.

STEP ONE

First, you'll saute the onion, garlic, and carrot in the oil. Sauteing these veggies ahead of time helps draw out the flavor, adds a tiny char flavor, and really helps round out the dish.

STEP TWO

Add your tomatoes and broth and let it simmer. This is where you have some flexibility. I'd say at a minimum, I recommend cooking it for 15 minutes. But again, feel free to go longer if you want to build even more flavor.

STEP THREE

Blend it up! I used the large jar of my Vitamix a3500 and just tossed the hummus in right before blending. It becomes so smooth and creamy in an instant.

bowl of vegan tomato soup with croutons

Can I Use a Slow Cooker or Instant Pot?

I've only made this soup on the store, but here's how I would modify it for an Instant Pot or slow cooker:

  1. Slow Cooker: Add all the ingredients in (minus the hummus) and cook for at least 4 – 6 hours on low. Once you're ready to blend, add in the hummus and blend it up!
  2. Instant Pot: Likewise, add everything but the hummus to the pot. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes and then let it release pressure for about 10 minutes. Then add the hummus and blend.

pot of tomato soup with cream and basil

How to Make Creamy Soup without a Blender

No Blender? No Problem!

You can definitely still get a creamy texture with an immersion blender. I would recommend stirring the hummus into the pot right before you're ready to blend. Then just use your immersion blender to whiz it up until it's smooth.

If you don't have either of those options, you could try a food processor, but I don't love the consistency, nor do I like adding hot liquids into my food processor (I don't feel like it's meant for that).

And if you don't have any of those options, feel free to just enjoy your soup chunky 🙂

three bowls of tomato soup with cream on top

The Ultimate Dairy-Free Tomato Soup

Think tomato soup needs to have cream? Think again!

The flavors are complex, the texture is perfectly smooth, and that addition of hummus gives it a kind of cream-based feel without having any cream.

Our favorite way to serve this soup:

But truthfully, there's no wrong way to enjoy tomato soup. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do and I can't wait to see your recreations!

three bowls of tomato soup with basil and croutons

More Creamy Vegan Soup Recipes to try:

If you make this tomato soup recipe, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

This amazing vegan tomato soup is creamy, flavorful, and also super simple to make. Serve with a vegan grilled cheese or top with croutons!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 136kcal
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bowl of creamy tomato soup with croutons
4.91 from 11 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 an onion , diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 large carrot , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 2 (28 oz) cans of diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (+ more if needed)
  • 1/2 cup plain hummus

Serve with:

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onion, garlic, and carrot. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the onions start to soften about 3 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning if desired.
    cooking onions and carrots in a pot
  • Add the tomatoes and broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15 - 20 minutes.
    cooking tomato soup in a pot on the stove
  • Once cooked, transfer the soup to a blender and add the hummus.
    adding hummus to tomato soup in a blender
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy. If the soup is too thick, blend in a bit more broth.
    blending tomato soup in a blender
  • Serve hot and top with desired toppings!
    three bowls of tomato soup with croutons on top

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Notes

* nutritional values don't include toppings

Nutrition

Serving: 2.5cups | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1117mg | Potassium: 505mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 3172IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 3mg
Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup
Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup
Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup
Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup

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  1. First time ever that i made any soup from scratch…this was absolutely awesome…we all loved it…i even got the croutons made…that to turned awesome…what i absolutely loved about this soup was that :WHAT!!!NO CREAM TO THICKEN IT UP??!!??: …. That was truly a revelation …truth speaking i didnt have any hummus with me and i just added Sesame seeds while i added the onions and had leftover cooked chickpeas which i added in just before the tomatoes…that just did it for me…hope it helps anyone who doesnt have hummus at hand…please dont keep this recipe away just for that reason guys… Thank you so much for this recipe SIMPLY QUINOA!!! Already bookmarked the Broccoli soup and the Cauliflower soups…

  2. I always thought that the best creamy soups are with dairy but you proved me wrong! This soup is so delicious and nutrient, love it!

  3. Amazing! The best tomato soup I’ve eaten! Just made a few tweaks – no garlic or onion, added smoked sea salt and a couple roasted red peppers. It’s fantastic!

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