There’s nothing more comforting than a warm bowl of this Copycat Panera Tomato Soup recipe. Rich and flavorful, it tastes just like the recipe you would get from the eatery. It's easier to make than you realize and a more frugal answer to eating out!
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You can never go wrong with a classic bowl of tomato soup on a cold winter day. I love a delicious grilled cheese to pair it with. Canned tomato soup isn’t terrible if you doctor it a bit, but it doesn’t compare to homemade tomato soup in the slightest. It’s so rich and comforting, and this Panera version has a kick that’s just perfection!
Once you’ve tried this Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe, you should go ahead and give some of my other favorites a try as well. You’ll love my Spicy Creamy Chicken Poblano Soup, Copycat Panera French Onion Soup, or Copycat Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe. Of course, I could be sitting here listing recipes all day. Go check out all my soup recipes and choose your favorites for some winning dinners for winter nights.
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How to Make Panera Tomato Soup
- Saute - Saute onions and garlic in a skillet for 3–5 minutes.
- Simmer - Add tomatoes, broth, and sugar. Simmer.
- Blend - Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, then blend.
- Simmer again - Allow to simmer for another 15 minutes. Garnish and enjoy!
Tips and Variations
- Storage - Store in a sealed container, in the fridge, for up to 1 week. Store in an airtight container, in the freezer, for up to 3 months.
- Reheating - Reheat using the stove, microwave, instant pot, or slow cooker.
- Pair with a sandwich - Tomato soup is always a big win paired with a sandwich. Some of my go-to choices for sandwiches are Heirloom Tomato Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Caprese Sandwich, Loaded Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or Grilled Three Cheese And Tomato Sandwich.
- Add more herbs and spices - If you like a richer soup, you can swap out the dried herbs for fresh ones. You can also add extra herbs and spices to suit your preferences.
- Topping ideas - Tomato soup has countless topping ideas. You can add cornbread, crumbled bacon, cheese, fresh herbs, sour cream, a swirl of thick cream, crackers, etc.
- Make it mild - If this tomato soup recipe is a little too spicy for your needs, you can remove the crushed red pepper for a milder option.
- Keep it chunky - If you want a chunkier soup, simply blend only half of the soup. Add the blended and unblended soup together, stir, and enjoy!
- Use other broth options - You don’t have to just use beef broth or stock. You can also use chicken or vegetable broth.
- Heavy cream substitute - You can use full fat coconut milk in place of the heavy cream if desired.
Copycat Panera Tomato Soup FAQs
Is the Tomato Soup at Panera Healthy?
Unfortunately, it’s not as healthy as you would hope. It’s definitely much healthier than most fast food or restaurant food options. However, it’s not near as healthy as your traditional tomato soup. Since it’s so processed, the sodium levels are off the charts, so to speak. If you make this copycat tomato soup recipe at home, it’s definitely a healthy choice, and you have more control over the ingredients. Prep your own tomatoes to make it even healthier and reduce sodium levels. Fresher ingredients and less processing is always a better choice!
Where Can I Buy Panera Tomato Soup?
If you don’t have Panera Bread nearby and you’re craving their tomato soup, you can pick up some from a large grocery store chain. You can buy it in a pre-packaged container at places such as Walmart, Kroger, Hyvee, etc. You’ll have to heat it up, of course, but you have the option! Of course, you also have the option of making your own homemade version instead!
If you decided to give this Copycat Panera Tomato Soup Recipe a try, please let me know in the comments below or on social media!
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Copycat Panera Tomato Soup
- 1 Can of Peeled & Diced Tomatoes 28 Ounces
- 1 Cup Beef Broth
- ½ Onion chopped
- ¼ Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic minced
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil minced
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Oregano
- ½ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
- 1 Teaspoon Black Pepper
- Heat oil in a pot over medium/high heat. Saute garlic and onions until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add tomatoes, stock, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium/low, and simmer for 15–20 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients, stir, and blend until smooth, using an immersion blender or normal blender.
- Let simmer for another 15 minutes, then enjoy!