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Tomato Soup in a bowl on a wood platter with crackers

Tomato Soup

Comforting delicious soup to have on a cold day. Made with rice that make the soup thicker and more filling.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 fresh pealed tomatoes (I'll tell you below how to peel properly)
  • 4 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper by your taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 7 cups boiling water
  • ½ cup rice- optional


  • Wash the tomatoes and cut an x shape on each one, arrange them on a plate and put it in the microwave for 7 minutes.
  • Let the tomatoes cool a bit and then peel them – after the microwave cooks the tomatoes, their skin comes off much easier.
  • Cut each tomato into 4 pieces.
  • In a big pot, sauté the onion with olive oil on high until it starts to change color (best if transparent then a light brown), add the garlic and continue to sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Add the carrots and bell pepper to the pot and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the peeled tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, salt and pepper, and then cover with boiling water (all 7 cups at once).
  • Cook for 25 minutes.
  • With an immersion blender, blend the soup to a unify texture.
  • Add the lemon juice and stir.
  • Add the rice if you wish and cook for another 15 minutes until the rice is ready.
  • Garnish with basil leaves and enjoy!


*If you like a more spicy taste than you can add spicy paprika or chili flakes.