Nothing says fall better than a warm bowl of creamy tomato soup. Pair it with some crusty bread or a grilled cheese sandwich and I’m in heaven!
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I’ve been so eager for the weather to cooperate so I could start testing out recipes for soup in my Instant Pot. Soups come out perfect in the Instant Pot and I’m loving my Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin Soup. Lately, though, I’ve been craving an amazing tomato soup.
I Wasn’t Always a Soup Fan
When I was little, soup was probably my least favorite thing to eat. My mom made all kinds of soups at home growing up in Honduras. For some reason, I was never really interested in them. I’d even say I was disappointed every time she made soup!
Love at First Bite
Now as an adult, I can’t believe all the amazing soups I missed out on. I started loving soups, actually tomato soup, when I was in college. Ryan and I would go on dates to North Park Mall in Dallas and would eat at La Madeleine’s. That’s where I first fell in love…. with tomato soup!
For the Love of Soup!
Now that we’re married, we still enjoy going out to grab a warm bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. I look forward to it all year, and as soon as the weather gets crisp, we start enjoying some soup.
My favorite tomato soup has been from Panera. Until now. I’m telling you, this soup is amazing! It’s creamy and the flavor is perfection. The sweet basil and touch of honey make it my new favorite tomato soup!
Ryan makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich, so these days, I make some tomato soup in the Instant Pot, he handles the sandwich and we have our little date nights at home! Perfect!
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- Chef’s Knife
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- Handheld Immersion Blender
- Instant Pot
- Measuring Spoons
- Mini Mitts
- Stackable Measuring Cups
- Wooden Turner
- Soup Bowls
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I’m certain that when you make your own pot of this tomato soup, you will absolutely love it. And don’t forget to check out my Butternut Squash Soup and Pumpkin Soup as well.
If you are an Instant Pot beginner I have included a step-by-step below. If you don’t need a step-by-step, you can just skip this part and go straight to the recipe card below the steps. You will also find some tips and tricks in the recipe card to help you create this delicious soup.
How To Make Tomato Soup in the Instant Pot
If you need a warm and delicious bowl of tomato soup, then this Instant Pot recipe is what you’re looking for. This one is so quick and easy that it makes a perfect choice for those days when you need to have a meal ready in under 30 minutes. Can’t beat that!
Let’s get started making this wonderful Instant Pot Tomato Soup.
Step 1: Gather the Tomato Soup ingredients
This creamy tomato soup uses a few simple ingredients. Sweet onions sautéed in butter, diced tomatoes, and chicken stock are infused with a sprig of fresh basil. Heavy cream is added after cooking and then the soup is lightly sweetened with honey.
- Butter: I prefer sautéing the sweet onion in butter because it adds a sweet, creaminess to the soup.
- Sweet Onion: The sautéd sweet onion adds lots of flavor and a mild sweetness.
- Canned Diced Tomatoes: The star of the show. I always try to pick up an organic variety for this soup.
- Chicken Stock: I use Kitchen Basics unsalted chicken stock because it has the robust flavor of homemade chicken stock without the sodium that most other store-bought chicken stocks have.
- Tomato Paste: I add just a bit of organic tomato paste to thicken the soup slightly.
- Fresh Basil: The fragrance and flavor that the fresh basil adds to this soup are just amazing.
- Heavy Cream: Adding the heavy cream after cooking gives this tomato soup a smooth and creamy consistency.
- Honey: A bit of honey adds a touch of sweetness that really brings out the flavor of the tomatoes.
Step 2: Set the Instant Pot
Select the ‘Sauté’ function on the Instant Pot and then using the ‘Adjust’ button, adjust the heat level to ‘Normal’ and then allow the pot to warm up until the front panel reads ‘Hot’.
Step 3: Melt the butter
Add the butter to the Instant Pot and using a spoon or spatula, continually move it around the pot so that it melts quickly and does not begin to brown.
Step 4: Sauté the onion
Add the chopped sweet onion to the Instant Pot and sauté it stirring periodically. Continue sautéing until the onion begins to turn soft and translucent. This usually takes anywhere from four to five minutes. Sometimes I get impatient and just let them sauté for a few minutes and call it a day.
Step 6: Add the diced tomatoes
Next, add the two large 28-ounce cans of diced tomatoes. I always get organic diced tomatoes and use the entire can including the juices. For this recipe I used Simple Truth Organic Diced Tomatoes from Kroger.
Step 7: Add the chicken stock, salt and stir
Pour the chicken stock over the tomatoes and onions in the pot and then add the salt. Give everything a good stir using a spoon.
Step 8: Add the tomato paste
Place the tomato paste into the pot. There is no need to mix it in because it will naturally mix in as the soup is cooking. Just like the diced tomatoes, I always use organic tomato paste. Again, I used a tomato paste from Simple Truth Organic for this recipe.
Step 9: Add the basil
Before closing the pot, I add a fresh sprig of basil and just place it on top of the soup. Once the soup starts cooking, the wonderful aroma of basil will fill your home. It really adds some great flavor to the soup.
Step 10: Close and set the cook time
Close the Instant Pot, set it to ‘Sealing’ and select the ‘Soup’ function. Set it to cook at ‘High Pressure’ for 10 minutes. Once the cooking time has completed, allow for a 5-minute natural pressure release and then release any remaining pressure before opening the pot.
Step 11: Puree the soup
Using a pair of tongs, remove the basil from the pot and then use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it is smooth.
Step 12: Add the cream and honey
Add both the heavy cream and honey to the soup and then continue to puree using the immersion blender until the cream and honey are fully mixed in.
Serve a Warm Bowl of This Wonderful Tomato Soup
Now it’s time to grab a bowl and serve up this delicious tomato soup warm. The delicate hints of basil and honey make this soup absolutely delicious.
IT’S YOUR TURN TO MAKE THIS TOMATO SOUP!
Did you make this wonderful soup? I hope you try this soul-soothing Instant Pot Tomato Soup. It’s the perfect recipe for the cooler fall and winter months. If you make this Tomato Soup, please leave a comment below to let me know how it was.
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Instant Pot Tomato Soup
A CREAMY TOMATO SOUP INFUSED WITH BASIL AND DELICATELY SWEETENED WITH HONEY
for the Sautéed Vegetables
- 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
- 2 cups sweet onion chopped
for the Soup Base
- 2 cans diced tomatoes 28 ounces each
- 2 cups unsalted chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1 sprig fresh basil
to add After Cooking
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons honey raw, unfiltered
- Turn on the Instant Pot to ‘Sauté’ and using the ‘Adjust’ button, adjust the sauté heat level to ‘Normal’ and allow it to heat up for a few minutes before adding the butter. I usually wait for the display to read ‘Hot’.
- Add the butter and, using a spoon or spatula, move the butter around the pot as it melts. Once the butter has melted and starts to get hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until it starts to become soft and translucent, usually 4 to 5 minutes. Do not allow the onions to brown.
- Turn off the ‘Sauté’ function and add the two cans of diced tomatoes with the juices, chicken stock and salt to the pot and give everything a good stir. Next, add the tomato paste to the pot without mixing it in and place the sprig of fresh basil on top of the soup.
- Close the pot and set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’, then select the ‘Soup’ function at ‘High Pressure’ and adjust the cook time to 10 minutes.
- Once the cook time has completed, allow for a 5 minute NPR (natural pressure release). Release any remaining pressure and then open the pot, discard the basil and allow the soup to cool for a few minutes. After the soup has cooled enough to stop bubbling, use an immersion blender to puree the soup until it is smooth.
- Add the heavy cream and honey and blend into the soup.
- Serve and enjoy!
Choosing the diced tomatoes. Any diced tomatoes will work for this recipe, but I usually choose an organic variety. For this recipe, I used Simple Truth Organic Diced Tomatoes from Kroger. You should be able to easily find a brand of organic diced tomatoes at your local supermarket.
Keep the butter from burning. You don’t want the butter to brown or worse, burn after you add it to the Instant Pot. Adjusting the heat level for the ‘Sauté’ mode helps a lot. Also, using a spoon to move the butter around in the pot accomplishes two things – it helps the butter melt faster and keeps it from browning too quickly.
If you don’t have an immersion blender. Allow the soup to cool and then transfer it in small batches to a stand blender and blend.
Top with cheese. Top with grated parmesan, crumbled feta or goat cheese for an even more flavorful soup.
Drizzle some cream on top. This soup is creamy as it is but you can drizzle a small amount of cream on top to make it even more creamy.
Add more basil. Add a few small leaves of fresh basil on top for even more color and flavor.
18 thoughts on “Instant Pot Tomato Soup”
I would like to make this, but can’t use the heavy cream. Do you think coconut milk or coconut cream would work?
Hi Marla! I think it would be interesting to add a bit of coconut cream or milk. The heavy cream is used to make it creamier and reduce the acidity a bit. Do let me know if you try it!
Is it 2 – 28 oz cans diced tomatoes or 28oz total?
It is 2 – 28-ounce cans of diced tomatoes (56 ounces total). I have updated the recipe to make this more clear. Thank you for stopping by!
Literally so easy and delicious. I love your instant pot recipes. So much flavor and so doable. And the quantity is large enough for a family of 5.
Hi Kristen!I’m so happy you loved it! It’s perfect soup weather. I’m glad you’re enjoying my recipes and I appreciate you stopping by!
Am I ok to use fresh diced tomatoes? I try to avoid canned food. Thank you!
Hi Fatima! You should be OK using fresh diced tomatoes. Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by the blog.
I skipped the cream and honey and used homemade bone broth in place of stock. Turned out great: rich and creamy. Thanks for the recipe!
Hi David! I’m so happy to hear you made it your own and you enjoyed it! I appreciate you stopping by the blog!
I am making this fabulous soup for the third time. I have to say that I am completely ruined now. I cannot EVER go back to canned Tomato soup. Neither can my hubby. He tried having a can for lunch yesterday and threw it out. This is by far, one of the easiest yet best tasting things I have ever made. Thank you so much!
Thank you so much for your kind and wonderful comment Kim! I appreciate you coming by and sharing your results! So happy you and your husband love the soup!
My nephew loves grilled cheese and tomato soup, as do I, but we both agreed that most store bought tomato soup is far too acidic and sharp tasting. I think we’re both going to like this one.
Any adjustments for a 6qt Instant Pot?
Hi Pamela! You should be totally fine in a 6qt. Enjoy and keep me posted if you try it!
How important is the fresh basil? Could I substitute with dried or skip it?
Hi Sandy! The basil really is important as it provides a special flavor and aroma. Personally, if I didn’t have fresh, I would skip it. You remove the sprig after cooking so I would make it without. They sell small bags of fresh basil at supermarkets so you don’t need to buy a whole lot. Let me know what you decide to do! Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you for your speedy reply. I will try this as I cannot handle the msg in canned soups.