This copycat Panera tomato soup is creamy and delicious. It will definitely satisfy your Panera cravings!
When I was pregnant with my son, I worked at office within walking distance to a Panera. I would frequent Panera quite often. Since I couldn’t have most of their sandwiches since I was pregnant at the time, I became a connoisseur of their other offerings. I’m a huge fan of their chilis and soups. I’m a special fan of their creamy tomato soup so I created this copycat Panera tomato soup recipe.
Panera also has the best food for fall and winter. It is so nice to have a warm bowl of soup on a cool day. This soup is creamy, warm, full of flavor and very comforting. This perfect tomato soup recipe really is one of the best soups out there. It is great on a cold day, especially for lunch.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt going in.
- Olive oil: You can also use another neutral cooking oil.
- Carrots: You’ll need two carrots for this recipe.
- Yellow onion: You’ll need one medium yellow onion.
- Tomato paste: To thicken the soup up.
- Heavy cream: To make the soup creamy.
- Canned whole tomatoes: You’ll need two cans of whole tomatoes (28 ounces each)
- Vegetable or chicken broth: Use low sodium if you are sodium sensitive.
- Garlic, dried basil, salt, and pepper: To season the soup with.
I have always had success using canned tomatoes in this copycat recipe but if you’d like to try this recipe with fresh tomatoes then go for it. I also recommend using a food processor for the tomatoes and a heavy cooking pot or dutch oven for the soup.
You’ll need a food processor or an immersion blender. You’ll also need a dutch oven or a heavy cooking pot.
What goes well with this tomato soup?
Homemade bread, salad, or a grilled cheese all go really well with this soup. Topping this soup with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese is also a really delicious touch.
Since this recipe is homemade, you might need to experiment with adding more or less salt and pepper, heavy cream, or basil. Just add more to your taste.
Other copycat recipes that you might like:
- Copycat Bob Evans Chicken Soup
- Copycat Panera Lemonade
- Copycat Panera Turkey Chili
- Copycat Subway Broccoli and Cheese Soup
Copycat Panera Tomato Soup
- Food processor or immersion blender
- Heavy cooking pot or dutch oven
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 carrots grated
- 1 yellow onion finely diced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 cans whole tomatoes (28 ounces each) do not drain
- 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste
- In a large pot or dutch oven combine butter, olive oil, garlic, carrots, and onion.
- Sauté on medium heat for five minutes before adding the tomato paste, whole tomatoes, and broth.
- Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce to a simmer before adding basil, salt and pepper and heavy cream.
- Let the soup simmer for at least 30 minutes and then use an immersion blender or transfer the soup to a regular blender and blend until the soup is a creamy consistency.