I adore my Vitamix for many reasons (like making this homemade salsa, for one!), and a hidden secret of your Vitamix blender that you might not know is that it can actually heat and cook soup!
The best part is it doesn’t even take a long time! This soup is easily hot and ready to serve in 15 minutes. As a bonus, if you use a Vitamix, you won’t have to dirty a dish other than your Vitamix jar.
Keep reading to see how easy it is to make this homemade soup from scratch. All you need is just a few simple ingredients (perfect for when you need to use up those tomatoes on your window sill) and a VitaMix soup blender.
You will be enjoying fresh creamy tomato soup with parmesan on top in less than 15 minutes.
Do I Have To Use A VitaMix
If you don’t have a Vitamix, don’t be alarmed. You can use any brand of blender or immersion blender. After blending, simmer this creamy, 10-minute soup on the stove. Just remember to add the whipping cream after the soup has simmered.
Easy Entertaining Lunch Menu
Fresh tomato soup is perfect for lunch or a light dinner just about any day of the week. However, it is also a great recipe to keep handy for last-minute guests or a quick snack if a friend drops in.
Pair tomato soup with a pepper jack grilled cheese sandwich, and you have the perfect comfort food menu in less than 20 minutes. People always say they aren’t hungry and say no to food, but I bet if you offer them this steamy tomato soup with cream and fresh basil, they’ll say yes!
I’m kind of a soupaholic, so to speak, especially after the temperature dips to the 50s. Be sure to check out all my other great soup recipes. Many are easy slow cooker recipes, perfect for a busy day.
Easy Vitamix Tomato Soup Recipe
Why I can’t get enough of this easy tomato soup recipe made fresh in the Vitamix:
- Fresh Not Canned: It’s SO SO fresh tasting! Tomatoes, fresh basil and herbs, chicken broth, and cream make up the majority of the ingredients in this soup. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
- Quick Prep Time: Plus, it takes literally 10 minutes to prep. The biggest amount of work is in coring and peeling the tomatoes. All that is left to do is measure out everything else and pour it into the blender! So simple.
- Comfort Food Any Time: And it’s as easy to serve in a big mug with a few croutons or a piece of crusty bread as it is to make it a whole meal. You can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of good tomato soup! It’s comfort food for a Sunday afternoon, a busy weeknight, or a cozy night in.
Ingredients for Fresh Tomato Soup in the Vitamix
To make the best tomato soup at home, here’s the fresh ingredients you’ll need.
- Tomatoes – If you have homegrown tomatoes, that’s great! But, if not be sure to buy tomatoes that are firm to the touch with vibrant, uniform coloring and a slightly sweet aroma for the best taste. If you choose tomatoes that feel really hard, almost frozen inside, they tend to be less flavorful. Ok, they really are pretty much tasteless.
What Type Of Tomaote Is Best To Make Soup?
Wondering what kind of tomatoes to use for this homemade tomato soup recipe? Just about any tomato will do! You’ll need 5-6 medium tomatoes, or about 4 cups total. But I prefer large beefsteak tomatoes for making soup. Soup is a great way to use up tomatoes that are getting a bit overripe, but if you’re buying fresh, look for nice red tomatoes without soggy spots or brown holes. If the tomato selection isn’t great, you can cut around bad spots, or you can buy a 28-ounce can of whole tomatoes instead.
- Chicken broth – For soup recipes, I prefer broth over chicken stock because it tends to be a bit more flavorful. You can use vegetable broth if you prefer.
- Tomato paste – Canned tomato paste adds a lot of extra flavor and richness to the soup.
- Fresh garlic cloves – The Vitamix does all the work of chopping the fresh garlic, so you don’t even have to get your hands smelly. But if you want, you can use minced garlic.
- Heavy whipping cream – The cream absolutely adds a ton of flavor to this soup. You can also use half and half or even whole milk. If you decide to use milk or other dairy-free milk varieties, you might need to add a touch less since they’re thinner than cream. Expect your soup to have a less creamy texture and flavor.
- Fresh basil – Yes, technically, you can use dried basil. But if at all possible, use fresh! The taste of the fresh herbs is very noticeable in this recipe and adds a lot of its ‘fresh’ appeal!
How to Make Fresh Tomato Soup in the Vitamix – Step-By-Step
- Begin by preparing your tomatoes. If you’re using fresh tomatoes, remove their skins and cores. You can easily do this by baking them in the oven. For a step-by-step guide, visit my post, “The Easiest Way to Peel Tomatoes.”
Otherwise, you can use a small paring knife to carefully remove the core and skin from the tomatoes. You don’t want to lose too much of the tomato flesh, so try to cut away just the peel. Place all your tomatoes inside a high-speed blender.
- Next, add chicken broth, tomato paste, peeled fresh garlic, basil leaves, sugar, and salt & pepper into the blender jar.
- Place the lid on the blender. Very carefully, loosen the center clear tab in the middle of your VitaMix lide. This will allow steam accumulating to vent slightly. Do not remove this, or you will have a mess. Set your VitaMix Blend to soup for about 6 minutes. Blend until you see heavy steam escaping from the clear centerpiece of your lid.
Tip: Do not walk away; keep an eye on it. If you do not have a good sealing lid it can work it’s way up and start leaking a bit. I checked mine every minute or so and needed to push it down a bit.
- After the cooking time is finished, reduce the blender speed to the lowest setting and remove the lid plug. Slowly pour in the heavy cream and allow it to blend again for about 15 seconds. *Note: if your blender lid does not have a plug, turn off the blender before removing the whole lid. Pour cream in and replace the lid before slowly blending.
- Serve immediately with a bit of freshly grated parmesan and shreds of fresh basil leaves.
Stove Top Method
If you do not have a high-powered blender that cooks from the heat like a Vitamix you can make this using any blender or food processor you’d like.
- Follow steps one and two in the recipe card. Remove tomato skins and cores. Place all the ingredients into a blender. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until the soup is smooth. Once all the ingredents are smooth and creamy, pour them into a pan.
- Cook on the stove for 6 minutes over medium-high heat. Stir, every minute or so to prevent sticking to the pan.
- After the cooking time has finished, slowly pour in the whipping cream. Whisk until it’s fully incorporated, then when it’s steaming and hot throughout, remove from the heat. S
- Scoop a bowl full and top with some shredded basil and freshly grated parm. Yum!
Helpful Hints For Blender Soup
- For an extra smooth soup, use an immersion blender to break apart any tiny bits of tomato remaining in the soup. You can use your immersion blender in your pot, too, if you made this on the stovetop.
- I don’t recommend using cherry tomatoes. It’s really difficult to remove the peels. Stick with larger varieties. Even Roma tomatoes will work, but if you can get a variety like beefsteak tomatoes.
How does a Vitamix heat up soup?
The Vitamix blender heats up soup using friction. When you make hot foods in a Vitamix, you begin by starting the blender on a low speed, then increasing the speed to high. As the blender’s blades spin at these exceptionally high speeds, they create a tremendous amount of friction within the container. This friction generates heat, which in turn begins to warm the ingredients in the jug. Learn more about how a Vitamix can heat up soup here!
If you are short on time, you can skip using fresh tomatoes. Substitute for a 28-ounce can of peeled tomatoes instead of fresh. Be sure to drain the juice from the can of tomatoes before adding them to your blender.
How to Store Leftovers
- In the fridge: You can store leftover soup by placing it in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerating it for up to 3 days. Let the soup cool to room temperature before storing it.
- In the freezer: You can freeze this soup in portions for quick lunches, or just freeze your leftovers for another day. Place the soup in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months. Keep in mind that sometimes, cream soups have a bit of a different consistency once they’ve thawed. Always thaw your soup in the fridge, and whisk frequently as you’re reheating it. Add a little milk, cream, or broth if you need to thin it out a little.
- How to reheat: Reheat this soup in the microwave, on the stovetop over medium-low heat, or even back in the Vitamix on soup setting!
Tomato Soup Dinner Menu
You can serve this soup with the classic grilled cheese sandwich for the ultimate comfort food. However, you can change things up some and serve Crusty Cheesy Pull Apart Bread instead. Your guest will grab a piece of hot bread dripping with cheese and then dunk that into their tomato soup. Heavenly!
Tomato Soup Topping Ideas
You can also serve up some extra toppings to make this soup more special or filling. Try any of these:
- A sprinkle of mozzarella cheese
- Swirl in some butter
- A sprinkle of cooked bacon bits
- Homemade croutons
- Greek yogurt or a dollop of sour cream
- Crispy onion straws
- A bit of chopped sundried tomatoes
Creamy Fresh Tomato Soup Recipe (Vitamix Blender)
Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.
- 4 cups tomatoes, about 5 medium-size fresh tomatoes or 1 (28-ounce) can of whole tomatoes if you don’t have fresh ones
- 1 cup chicken broth, can substitute vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 teaspoon garlic, fresh, minced
- 1/3 cup basil leaves, fresh, 1/4 cup packed, save some to cut into shreds for garnish
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese , fresh grated for topping
- Begin by preparing your tomatoes. If you’re using fresh tomatoes, remove their skins and cores. You can easily do this by baking them in the oven. For a step-by-step guide, visit my post, The Easiest Way to Peel Tomatoes.Otherwise, you can use a small paring knife to carefully remove the core and skin from the tomatoes. You don’t want to lose too much of the tomato flesh, so try to cut away just the peel. Place all your tomatoes inside a high-speed blender.4 cups tomatoes
- Next, add chicken broth, tomato paste, peeled fresh garlic, basil leaves, sugar, and salt & pepper into the blender container.
- Place the lid on the blender. Very carefully, loosen the center clear tab in the middle of your VitaMix lide. This will allow steam accumulating to vent slightly. Do not remove this, or you will have a mess. Set your VitaMix Blend to soup for about 6 minutes. Blend until you see heavy steam escaping from the clear centerpiece of your lid. Do not walk away; keep an eye on it. If you do not have a good sealing lid it can work it’s way up and start leaking a bit. I checked mine every minute or so and needed to push it down a bit.
- After the cooking time is finished, reduce the blender speed to the lowest setting and remove the lid plug. Slowly pour in the heavy cream and allow it to blend again for about 15 seconds. *Note: if your blender lid does not have a plug, turn off the blender before removing the whole lid. Pour cream in and replace the lid before slowly blending.1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Serve immediately with a bit of freshly grated parmesan and shreds of fresh basil leaves.1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese