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 and get their tomato soup. Some of my other favorite copycat recipes from Panera are copycat Panera turkey chili and copycat Panera agave lemonade.
In my opinion, Panera has the best food for fall and winter. It is so nice to have a warm bowl of soup on a cool day. This copycat Panera tomato soup is creamy, warm, full of flavor and very comforting. It is great on a cold day, especially for lunch.
📋 Ingredients needed
For this tomato soup, 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.
- Onion: You’ll need one medium yellow pr white 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). My grocery pick up order gave me two different brands of whole tomatoes – you can definitely use the same brand!
- Vegetable or chicken broth: Use low sodium if you are sodium sensitive.
- Garlic, dried basil, salt, and pepper: To season the soup with.
You’ll need a food processor or an immersion blender. You’ll also need a dutch oven or a heavy cooking pot.
🥣 How to make
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.
🥪 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.
🥡 How to store leftovers
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in your fridge. This soup will be good for up to four days after making.
👩🏻🍳 Recipe FAQs
Panera’s tomato soup is so good because it is served warm and they use heavy cream which gives the soup a very rich flavor.
Yes and for the closest taste to the restaurant version, I recommend using heavy cream in this copycat recipe.
Other copycat recipes that you might like:
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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 finely grated
- 1 yellow or white 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 use low sodium if you are sodium sensitive
- 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.