You would think something as simple as tomato soup would be gluten-free, right? WRONG. Most packaged tomato soups at your local grocery store will likely contain wheat flour AKA gluten.
Until brands like Campbell’s can craft up a gluten-free tomato soup recipe, we recommend making your own. We will also share which store-bought tomato soup brands are gluten-free.
Spoiler alert, homemade gluten-free tomato soup tastes way more delicious!
Keep reading for our flavorful and nutrition-packed gluten-free tomato soup recipe! Step aside canned soups; once you try this recipe, you will likely never go back to the canned stuff.
Watch Out For Wheat
For some reason, large companies have completely forgotten about those with wheat allergies, celiac disease, and other gluten disorders. They think it is okay to keep thickening their soups with wheat flour.
That’s fine by us! Most canned soups taste a little too much like a marinara sauce or ketchup, yuck.
Always check your labels because even the foods you think would be naturally gluten-free may not be.
Store Bought Gluten-Free Tomato Soup
If you are in a pinch and need tomato soup for an entirely different recipe or urgently for your gluten-free grilled cheese we still recommend our recipe!
However, we understand as a busy athlete you may not always have the time.
Read below for three store-bought tomato soups with gluten-free claims on the label.
Amy’s Cream of Tomato Soup
Amy’s tomato soup comes in a can and contains milk. Per the labels, Amy’s Kitchen does not use peanuts, fish, shellfish, or eggs.
We tried it and can confidently say this canned soup is not as flavorful as our gluten-free tomato soup recipe.
Pacific Tomato Soup
Pacific tomato soup comes in a carton, contains milk, and should be saved for recipes that require tomato soup mixed into a recipe.
We did not care for the taste of the Pacific Tomato Soup!
Progresso Tomato Basil Soup
Progresso tomato basil soup has more flavor from the added basil and is the only canned gluten-free tomato soup that we found in stores that is also dairy free.
However, like any canned soup this soup is high in sodium. Which can be a good way to replace electrolytes if you are a heavy and salty sweater.
This salty soup is about 67% of the recommended daily dietary allowance (RDA) for sodium per day (2300 mg/day).
Why Make Homemade
Our homemade soup recipe tastes better than all of the gluten-free tomato soup recipes we have tried.
It is a great way to use up leftover tomatoes and a perfect pairing with grilled cheese. Unlike many of the store-bought soups above, our recipe is also dairy-free.
Keep reading for our comforting and creamy gluten-free tomato soup recipe.
What You Need
- Canned Tomatoes
- Bone Broth
- Coconut Milk
- Basil (optional)
Keep reading for other ways to adjust our recipe to your liking.
This gluten-free tomato soup recipe can be altered to meet your taste bud cravings. Whether you prefer to use canned tomatoes or whole tomatoes. If you like it creamy we got you covered, if not, no problem leave out the coconut milk.
Craving more spice in your tomato soup? We have tips for that too!
The primary ingredient in this recipe is of course tomatoes! Tomatoes are a great source of potassium and antioxidants. Specifically, the antioxidant lycopene. An antioxidant that is so powerful that it can lower the risk of prostate cancer (1).
For this recipe, you can use canned or fresh tomatoes. We tried our recipe using 3 pounds of fresh roasted Roma tomatoes and again with the canned Italian plum tomatoes.
The recipe using the canned Italian plum tomatoes was less acidic and quicker to make! We do not have access to the best homegrown tomatoes. If you do, we imagine this recipe could be just as delicious with homegrown tomatoes!
If you are roasting fresh tomatoes we recommend drizzling them with olive oil, a dash of salt, and several sprigs of thyme.
When using canned tomatoes we recommend the peeled San Marzano canned tomatoes. They have fewer seeds, no skin, and a delectable flavor that is sure to elevate your gluten-free tomato soup.
Make it Creamy
We enjoy our gluten-free grilled cheese most dipped in creamy tomato soup! The cream from the full-fat coconut milk makes for a smoother mouth feel and cuts more of the acidity.
If you do not like your tomato soup creamy, leave out the coconut milk!
Give it Spice
Add basil for a black pepper-like spice. Aside from adding a delicious flavor to this gluten-free tomato soup, basil will add a delicious smell.
We recommend using fresh basil for this recipe. If you decided to use dry basil make sure to use less. Adding 2 tablespoons of dry basil is equivalent to adding ½ cup of fresh basil.
Bone Broth or Chicken Broth
Most bone broth is made by simmering animal bones in water for, typically upwards of 12 hours, to create a nutrient-dense and flavor-packed broth great for cooking or as a soup base. Bone broth can also be purchased in stores.
The chicken broth on the other hand is made by cooking meat, some bones, and vegetables for 1-2 hours. It contains less protein and if store-bought, tends to have a lot more salty seasoning.
Hint! Bone broth and stocks are pretty much the same product. Both are made from cooking bones for extended periods of time, typically >4 hours. However, store-bought stocks and broths are different.
Store-bought chicken stock and chicken broth are almost identical in nutrition value with chicken stock tasting like chicken broth’s unflavored cousin. Chicken broth has much more sodium and flavor on its own.
To really elevate this recipe use homemade bone broth, it is high in gelatin which comes from cooked collagen. This adds to the creamy mouth feel.
Store-bought bone broth, chicken stock, or chicken broth can also do the trick. If you would like to make this recipe vegan you can use vegetable stock.
How to Make
- Drizzle a tbsp of olive oil into a large soup pot and add chopped onions. Saute your onions until they become more translucent.
2. Add minced garlic, bone broth, and salt then stir.
3. Pour in the canned tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, stir in a can of coconut milk.
4. Cover and cook on low for 45 minutes. Then blend with an immersion blender or smoothie-type blender.
5. Dish into a bowl and enjoy the best gluten-free tomato soup!
Store this soup in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze it! We like to keep containers of this tomato soup in our freezer to use as we please.
Be sure to let your soup cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you store your leftovers in the freezer we recommend enjoying your soup within 3-6 months.
Check Out the Recipe!
Gluten-Free Tomato Soup [Dairy Free]
- 1 Blender immersion or smoothie type blender
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 can coconut milk
- 2 28 oz Italian San Marzano Canned Tomatoes
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 cups bone broth
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 whole chopped onions
- Over medium heat drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into your soup pot.
- Add in chopped onions and stir, saute until the onions become translucent. Be careful not to burn your onions.
- Add the minced garlic garlic and salt. If using salted chicken broth you may want to skip the salt. Then, pour in the bone broth.
- Add your canned tomatoes (with the juices!) to the soup pan and stir. Simmer on medium high heat for 5 minutes.
- Stir in 1 can of coconut milk.
- Then, cover the soup pot and cook on low heat for 45 minutes. Stir every 5-7 minutes.
- Finally, use an immersion blender or smoothie type blender to puree your tomato soup mixture. If you are using a countertop blender be sure to leave part of your blender unsealed to allow steam to escape.
- Top with or stir in chopped basil (optional) and enjoy!