Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Smooth tomato soup with subtle flavors of onion and celery, slightly sweet


10 quarts OR less (see additional notes)


1/2 bushel tomatoes (or, use whatever tomatoes you have and adjust the spices/seasonings accordingly!)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons non-iodized salt/pickling salt
4 teaspoons celery salt
4 teaspoons onion salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb butter (4 sticks/2 cups)
2 cups flour


1. Make tomatoes into juice. (You can do this by cooking down the washed/halved tomatoes for at least an hour and then running through a colander or juicer/squeezer; you can also pour boiling water over tomatoes and peel, and then cook down; or, you can run cooked tomatoes through a blender until liquefied.)

2. In a large pan, heat juice and add sugar, salt, pepper, and celery and onion salt.

3. In a separate pan, melt butter. Add flour, stirring to make a paste. Slowly add soup and continue stirring, to avoid lumps. When about 3 quarts of soup has been added, you can put the whole mixture in with the rest of the tomato juice and stir.

4. Bring complete mixture to a full boil while stirring and boil for a couple minutes.

5. If canning, fill jars and process for 30 minutes in boiling water bath.

6. Optional: When serving, add milk to taste. Serve fresh as soup, or mix with homemade pizza sauce to make a delicious spaghetti sauce!


Homemade tomato soup


Additional Notes: 

Want to make a small batch of tomato soup for fresh eating? Here's how:

1. Process your tomatoes as described in step 1 above.

2. Add seasonings to taste.

3. Determine how much juice you have to decide how much butter and flour to use. (For example, if you have 1 quart of juice, you will want to use about 3 T butter and 1/5 c flour.) Follow steps 3 and 4 above.

4. Serve fresh as soup, or mix with homemade pizza sauce to make a delicious spaghetti sauce!

Preparation Time: 


Cooking Time: 

1-2 hours

Tammy's Review: 

This is a delicious homemade tomato soup. I like it as a main dish (sometimes with leftover meatloaf added to it), but where I really use it is in my spaghetti and meatballs. We have found that plain pizza sauce is too thick and strong with our spaghetti and meatballs. Mixing 1/2 tomato soup and 1/2 pizza sauce provides the perfect balance of flavors. I love this recipe! My rating: 10/10

See my blog post about this recipe!


Please see the recipe above for my complete review! Thanks! ~Tammy


Very good! I definitely prefer this to the store-bought tomato soup! Good flavor and consistency.


I just made this for supper last night! I will never ever buy it in the can again. I made a small batch first to make sure we liked it. (oh, we did!) I have already canned tomato juice this year (130 quarts) so I used 2 quarts of juice & followed your recipe for a smaller batch. I used 6T. butter & 6 T. flour. And maybe 3/4 t. celery salt & 1 t. onion salt, & pepper. When I was ready to serve it, I added 2 cups of half & half to it. Oh my...
Of course we had toasted cheese sandwiches with it.
It was perfect. If I could gush any more I certainly would! I'll be picking a bushel of tomatoes in a few days & canning a nice big batch of it. Thanks so much Tammy!!!!!


We had some tomatoes from my fathers garden and they were going bad fast. I was eating peanut butter and tomato sandwiches as fast as I could but it wasn't fast enough. :) Anyway I decided to make the tomato soup tonight for supper. We had it with grilled cheese sandwiches and it was superb!! I really don't know how it tasted so good as there were really no measurements to follow. I just threw a portion of the ingredients you listed and somehow or another it worked. Just before serving I poured in a can of evaporated milk. Oh my goodness! It tasted great before but it was heavenly after. :) I'm not sure it would have tasted as good with store bought tomatoes but those Iowa ones were a hit.


This recipe is so delicious!! Simple to make too. My family really likes it and it is far better than the store bought! Yummy!

My mom also used this recipe and both my mom and dad gives this a 10 as well. :)


I didn't have a ton of tomatoes, but did manage to make this with 8lbs. I used 1-1/2 cups sugar, less than 3/4 T. salt, no celery salt because I didn't have any, 1-1/2 t. onion powder (didn't have onion salt), a dash of pepper, 1 stick and 2-3/4 T. butter and 3/4 cup flour. I was surprised when I tasted i because I didn't actually expect it to have a lot of flavor, but WOW - it's great! I bet my husband will even eat this tomato soup!


Wow, as my husband said "This is the best thing you've ever made with tomatoes!" When I tasted it I called my mom and told her she had to try it too. The flavor is wonderful! Thank you so much for the recipe, it is so good!


We grow and sell natural produce, which is one step down from organic vegetables, at a Farmers Market. After the Farmers Market, we always have some left over vegetables. This year we had an abundance of tomatoes. This area is some of the best land to grow tomatoes and there are several packing plants within 20 miles. Anyway, I had juiced several bushel baskets of tomato juice and frozen them in gallon bags to use in soups and sauses. I did not season any of it, waiting to season it as needed. I used this frozen tomato juice and made the tomato soup and it was wonderful. I did not use any celery salt, salt, but did use the onion powder and pepper along with a little parsley, ground red pepper and garlic. All of the left over soup was put in quart bags and frozen for later use. I will never buy canned tomato soup again.


That is the best description for this recipe! I had one last box of tomatoes from the garden for the year and made this recipe. It is the best tomato soup I have ever tasted!!! I made it exactly as printed. THANK YOU! Tammy . . can I freeze this???


I just made this today and I've just got to say that it's the BEST tomato soup I have ever eaten. I only made half of this recipe cause I was sure I would like it but, I'm making it again and again. Thank you so much for posting this on pinterest.. Oh and I didn't find the need to change anything I made it exactly as you have it written!!!


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