Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

Two autumns ago, when I was hugely pregnant with Matthew, despite the horrific heartburn, all I wanted to eat was tomato soup.

Not tomato soup from the can, but from scratch.

I begged my cousin Rhea, one of the best cooks I know, for her recipe.

I’ve tweaked it a bit, swapping out the fresh basil for a spoonful of pesto, but aside from that, I owe this all to her.

That fall, I made three double batches of this soup. Pregnancy cravings cannot be denied.

Now, I make one double batch each fall.

And the only person in my house who loves it the way I do is Matthew.

Go figure…it’s probably in his veins.

Creamy Tomato Soup with Pesto

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 tsp minced garlic

2 cups dry white wine (you can substitute water, but why would you?)

2 oz butter

1 small sliced red onion (white or yellow are fine too)

3 cups canned diced tomatoes

2 cups cream*

salt and pepper to taste

pesto for garnish

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Here’s what you’ll do:

1) In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic until translucent, roughly 5 minutes.

2) Add the white wine and reduce by half.

3) Add the tomatoes and cream and reduce by half (I reduce the heat to medium at this point).

4) Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth.

5) Top with a teaspoon of pesto.

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Then? Eat two servings!


*I am not even going to pretend that this part is healthy. Nope. It is what it is. Enjoy!


  1. Rachel

    God this looks delish!!!!

  2. Sherri

    That sounds like heaven in a bowl! I will be making this…

  3. TheNextMartha


  4. Jessica D Torres

    i've never had tomato soup but this does leave me wanting some.

  5. Jaime

    Mmmm…I love tomato soup, but I have never made it. I may try.

  6. John

    We just started making tomato soup, instead of just buying it, and it is much better . . . but you left the part out about drinking the rest of the bottle of wine!

  7. @ksluiter

    i don't even like tomato soup and this is making my mouth drool. It is totally pinned and on the list of recipes to make! mmm! I am imagining it with a thick slice of homemade garlic bread. ::drool::

  8. kellytirman

    Love tomato soup. Especially with grilled cheese sandwiches on raining days.

  9. michellejaffee

    I agree. I do want to make this right now! I'll take mine with grilled cheese. : )

  10. MommaKiss

    I don't know why but I've never liked tomato soup. When my mom would make it, I'd do that gag thing without even tasting it. adding the pesto, hmmm, may be a change in my future.

  11. I really hope the next step is to share the remaining Fetzer with a friend.

    Perhaps one in southern California?


  12. Krista

    OH, yes please. With a really good grilled cheese sandwich.

  13. @CathyIsReal

    This sounds sinfully delicious!

  14. Oh boy! I am currently reading blogs while making my menu for the week and this is absolutely going on it!! Thanks :)

    Also, for anyone who wants to substitute out the wine, you can sub chicken broth for white wine (in my experience). It will give you more flavour than substituting water.

  15. Oh my, that picture just made me drool. Yum.

  16. Man, now I'm craving tomato soup. Are those your photographs? They're beautiful!

  17. Natalie

    Oh yum…how did I miss this last year? PInning now…

  18. Angela

    Yum! And I have leftover pesto from Rachel's pasta recipe, so that works :)

  19. Jamie

    Just made this. VERY strong wine taste. Didn’t like it a bit. if you try it i suggest trying half wine and half water instead.

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