This creamy Gluten Free Tomato Soup is a bowl of pure comfort. It uses everyday ingredients including canned and fresh tomatoes, cumin, garlic, onion, and extra-virgin olive oil. Best of all, it’s done in 30 minutes!
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Table of Contents
- Why You’ll Love Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Is Tomato Soup Gluten-Free?
- Ingredients for Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- How to Make Easy Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Substitutions for This Healthy Gluten Free Tomato Soup Recipe
- Gluten Free Tomato Soup Pro Tips
- Can I Freeze Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- How To Reheat Frozen Soup
- How to Blend Hot Soups without Burning Yourself
- How to Store GF Tomato Soup
- How to Serve Easy Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Are Canned Tomatoes Gluten Free?
- Are Stewed Tomatoes Gluten Free?
- Gluten Free Tomato Soup Brands
- Is Campbells Stock Gluten Free?
- Is Tomato Soup Keto Friendly?
- Is Tomato Soup Easy To Digest?
- Is Tomato Soup Bad For You?
- 50+ More Gluten Free Soup Recipes
Why You’ll Love Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Gluten Free
- Low Carb Friendly
- Simple to Make
- Uses only 1 Pot
- Less Than 10 Ingredients
- Easy to Digest and Good for Gut Health.
- Dairy Free
Whether or not tomato soup is gluten-free depends on the recipe itself. Most homemade tomato soup is gluten-free while generally speaking, canned tomato soup is not gluten-free. But there are exceptions to this rule.
Canned tomato soup generally is not gluten free because manufacturers add wheat flour as a thickening agent. However you can find plenty of brands of tomato soup that are gluten free. You just need to check the ingredient list for “wheat” or common wheat additives. You can also look for the “Gluten-Free” label on the front.
Looking for the FDA Approved certified gluten-free label which is always clearly marked on the front of the package is the easiest way to distinguish gluten free tomato soup from tomato soup that has gluten.
According to the Food and Drug Administration a food must contain less than 20 ppm (parts per million) of gluten to have a gluten free label. It is also illegal not to put “wheat” on the ingredient list of any food that contains a wheat derivative.
With laws like this in the United States people on a gluten free diet can shop with the peace of mind that they won’t be poisoned by unaccounted for gluten in their pre-packaged food items.
To learn more about which tomato soups are gluten free and which are not and to learn how to tell the difference check out this article, “Is Tomato Soup Gluten Free?”
Ingredients for Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Sweet Onions
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- Red Pepper Chili Flakes
- Cumin Seeds
- Organic Fire Roasted Tomatoes
- Fresh Tomatoes
- Low Sodium Vegetable Stock
- Vegan Butter or Unsalted Organic Butter optional
- Rice Wine Vinegar
How to Make Easy Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- In a large soup pot over a medium low flame melt butter or oil. Then sweat the onions until they’re translucent (5-7 minutes).
- Bloom the spices by adding the garlic, cumin and chili pepper. Sauté until fragrant (1-3 min) over a medium flame.
- Add the fresh tomatoes and canned fire roasted tomatoes, sauté until the tomatoes are soft (10 min) and season with salt.
- Add the stock and allow the soup to simmer for (20-25 min) partially covered.
- Once the soup is cool enough to handle, blend in the blender with the butter and then return to the pot.
- Stir in Rice Wine Vinegar and finish with salt and pepper to taste.
Substitutions for This Healthy Gluten Free Tomato Soup Recipe
- Tomatoes: If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes you can use regular canned tomatoes. If it’s tomato season and you can get flavorful fresh tomatoes you can substitute the canned tomatoes for another 4 fresh tomatoes.
- Vinegar: If you don’t have rice wine vinegar you can use any other kind of white vinegar or lemon juice.
Gluten Free Tomato Soup Pro Tips
- For even more flavor toast your dried herbs in a toaster oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees prior to cooking.
- Drizzle a bit of gluten free and dairy free cream on top of your tomato soup before serving for extra flavor.
Campbell’s tomato soup is not gluten-free. I highly recommend making your own to make sure that you’re tomato soup is gluten-free.
Campbells tomato soup has wheat flour in it which is not gluten free. Obviously wheat flour contains wheat in it which is the main dietary source of gluten.
The most popular canned tomato soup brands contain wheat. Not all of them do so you need to check labels. When eating out you should always ask if the tomato soup contains wheat or if it is gluten-free if you are intolerant to wheat, have celiac or allergies. The unsuspected gluten and wheat in tomato soup could cause gastric distress or allergic reactions!
If you’re looking for an alternative to homemade tomato soup you can give Amy’s tomato soup a try since it is certified gluten free! Although you really should just make it at home. It’s tastier and healthier!
Correction! Canned tomato soup is bad for you because it contains high amounts of sodium! One serving of canned tomato soup has about 470 mg of sodium, which is 1/3rd of the daily recommended intake. Over consumption of sodium causes high blood pressure which is a precursor to health problems like kidney disease, heart disease and blood vessel damage.
Can I Freeze Gluten Free Tomato Soup
Yes, you can absolutely freeze tomato soup.
To freeze tomato soup first allow it cool to room temperature before placing it into a freezer safe container. Make sure to leave 1 inch of space at the top of the Tupperware to allow for the soup to expand as it freezes. Liquids expand when they freeze, so if you fill the container all of the way it will break or leak.
The best kind of container to use to freeze gluten free tomato soup is a plastic container with a 1 pint or 8 ounce capacity. While glass is healthier and nicer to look at it could break in the freezer. Freezing soup in single serving amounts is convenient because you only need to defrost what you plan on eating. This will prevent you from wasting precious tomato soup. Once soup is defrosted you cannot refreeze it safely. It’s also easier to reheat tomato soup in single serving portions.
- Tomato Soup will last in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Meal Prep Freezer Tip: I like to freeze this tomato soup in 8 oz containers so that I can defrost it as individual servings for quick lunches and dinners. This is perfect for taking lunches to work where a microwave is available. Allow the soup to defrost in the fridge until lunch and then microwave and enjoy!
How To Reheat Frozen Soup
Reheating frozen soup is an art form. The best way to reheat frozen soup is to thaw it out in the fridge first. If you can think this far in advanced (I can’t) transfer the soup from the freezer to the fridge two days before you want to eat it. Within 48 hours the soup will defrost and then you can reheat it on the stovetop, microwave or insta-pot.
If you’re a normal person who doesn’t plan on eating frozen soup two days ahead of schedule you can use my method.
How to Reheat Soup On The Stovetop
- Take the frozen soup container and run it under cold water for 1-2 minutes. This will defrost the soup enough to allow you to pop it out of it’s container.
- Dump the frozen block of soup into a small sauce pot. Place the soup pot on the stove with medium-low heat. Stir the soup every 2-3 minutes to prevent the soup from burning.
- Once the soup is fully melted allow it to heat with the lid on for 3 minutes. Stir and enjoy!
How to Reheat Soup In The Microwave
- Place the soup in a microwave safe bowl on top of a strong paper plate and place another paper plate on top of the bowl. You could also use a wet paper towel on top of the bowl. Then set the timer for 5 minutes.
- Pause the microwave every 60 seconds and stir the soup.
- Once the soup is fully thawed lift it out of the microwave from the bottom plate while wearing oven mittens. The bowl itself will be too hot to touch which is why you must place a plate below the bowl.
What if the soup is too thick?
If you cook the soup too long on the stove the liquid will evaporate and get too thick. You can remedy this by adding more water or stock to the soup.
What if the soup is too thin?
If the soup is too runny cook it a bit longer with out the lid and it will thicken up within a few minutes.
How to Blend Hot Soups without Burning Yourself
Use a Vitamix to get the creamiest professional grade tomato soup. Make sure to place a hand towel over the top of the blender and start blending slowly. This will insure the hot liquid doesn’t explode out of the blender and burn you.
How to Store GF Tomato Soup
Freezer: For notes on how to freeze GF tomato soup see the section on freezing above. But in short tomato soup will last in the freezer for 6 months.
Fridge: This tomato soup recipe will last in the fridge for up to 7 days so long as it is stored in an air tight container. I like storing leftover tomato soup in mason jars. Not only are the jars more attractive but storing soup in glass is a healthier alternative to plastic Tupperware.
Plastic Tupperware is porous can leach chemicals when they are hot so don’t pour hot soup into plastic containers. Also don’t reheat soup in plastic containers.
But you can put hot tomato soup into glass containers as well as reheat it. Most glass containers are heat safe.
How to Serve Easy Gluten Free Tomato Soup
The best way to enjoy gluten free tomato soup is with a crusty piece of gluten free bread and healthy grilled cheese! I like using goat’s cheese since it’s easier to digest or a soy free vegan cheese like kite hill brand!
If you’re not into grilled cheese here are a few other recipes I like serving along side this creamy an slighty spicy tomato soup:
- Baked Shrimp Skewers with Aji Verde Sauce
- Gluten Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi
- Marouli Salad
- Easy Gluten Free Falafel
Are Canned Tomatoes Gluten Free?
Canned tomatoes are generally considered to be universally gluten free and safe for those with celiac to consume. Of course, you should always checked the label to see if the canned tomatoes you are buying are gluten free. Usually canned tomatoes are completely plain and the only ingredients in the can are tomatoes that have been cooked down.
The same goes for almost all unflavored canned tomato products including stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and sundried tomatoes. If the tomatoes are labeled as a sauce then you should make sure to check the label because tomato sauce’s main ingredient may be tomatoes but it has been flavored by other ingredients.
Canned tomato sauce may have gluten in it because it contains other ingredients for flavor while canned tomatoes only have one ingredient in them: tomatoes.
If you are allergic to trace amount of gluten it never hurts to read ALL labels. Most gluten free products are labeled gluten free right on the package. Since canned tomatoes are considered to be universally gluten free many companies don’t put the gluten-free label on the front of the can.
Are Stewed Tomatoes Gluten Free?
Yes stewed tomatoes are gluten free because they contain only one ingredient, tomatoes. Stewed tomatoes in a box or can are simply fresh tomatoes that have been cooked down to help concentrate the flavor and preserve them. While I don’t use stewed tomatoes in this recipe they are commonly added into sauces and soups. For more information check the section above this one.
Gluten Free Tomato Soup Brands
Most brands of tomato soup are not gluten free because they use wheat as a thickening agent. However, there are plenty of gluten free tomato soup brands that you can grab when you’re in a pinch.
- Pacific Organic Creamy Tomato Soup – has dairy
- Imagine Foods Tomato Soup
- Kettle and Fire Tomato soup
- Amy’s Organic Light Tomato Bisque
- Annie’s Tomato Soup
- Rao’s Tomato Soup
- Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
- Tomato and Basil Soup with Fresh Calabrian Basil by Zuppa Rustica
- Proper Good Tomato Basil Soup
- Health Valley Organic Tomato Soup
- Sprague Keto Tomato Bisque with Roasted Red Pepper & Cream
Is Campbells Stock Gluten Free?
Yes, according to Campbell’s company website all of their stock and broths are gluten free. If you are in a pinch and need to buy some stock while Campbells isn’t my first choice because it’s highly processed and has a lot of salt in it you can use it without running the risk of ingesting gluten.
Is Tomato Soup Keto Friendly?
This is a confusing one. Technically all of the ingredients in tomato soup are keto friendly but when all added together just one cup of tomato soup has 23 grams of carbs and 16 grams of net carbs per serving. Soup is a concentrated form of nutrition which will drive the carb count up. I would consider tomato soup to be a low carb food and a friendly choice for those on a low carb diet.
However for those of you who are trying to stay in ketosis you need to keep your carbs down to below 50 grams of carbs per day. One bowl of soup at 23 grams of carbs will put you half way to your daily limit. Unless your carb count is very low for the day I would stay away from tomato soup and stick to more keto friendly soup options like this keto miso soup recipe.
Miso Soup is a Great Keto Soup Option Instead of Tomato Soup!
Unlike tomato soup miso soup is an excellent choice for those on a keto diet. Learn more about why miso soup is keto in this article I wrote, “Is Miso Soup Keto Friendly and Low In Carbs?”
Yes, tomato soup is easy to digest! If you have a history of constipation, gas, or bloating, a bowl of tomato soup will deliver the satisfaction and nutrition you need. Without the explosive aftermath. Since tomato soup is pre-digested through blending, moisture rich, and cooked it’s easy on the stomach.
Why Tomato Soup Is Easy To Digest
Yes, tomato soup is easy to digest! The reason I have so many dairy free soups on my website that are pureed is because they’re great for people who suffer from gut issues like constipation, IBS, celiac, chrones disease and colitis. Soups are easy to digest because they’ve been predigested by the cooking process. Heating the ingredients up to a high temperature breaks down the fiber and celulos is the vegetables which makes them easier to digest. Many people who have trouble digesting the roughage in vegetables have no problem digesting vegetables that have been cooked down into soups.
Vegetables can either be made easier to digest in soups by only cooking them down or by blending them. When vegetable are blended into soups they are masticated the same way they would be in the stomach. By pulverizing the fiber in the vegetables before they are consumed takes a lot of the mechanical responsibility of digesting the vegetables off of the digestive system. The digestive system can then focus on mixing the liquid ingredients with digestive juices, stomach acid, enzymes and probiotics to facilitate the chemical process of breaking down the nutrients so that they can be absorbed.
In addition mixing the ingredients in tomato soup with liquid ingredients like vegetable stock or water adds moisture to the bowl. The added moisture helps moisten waste products in the intestine so that the peristalsis (muscle contractions in your digestive system) can move waste through the intestine more easily. This is especially helpful to those who suffer from constipation or IBSC.
Who May Have Trouble Digesting Tomato Soup and Why
The only reason tomato soup would be hard to digest is if it has dairy from cows in it. Dairy from cows contains a large casein molecule which makes it hard to digest. The large casein molecule in addition to the lactase enzymes the body needs to break down the milk will cause stomach aches and other symptoms in those who have a dairy sensitivity.
Another reason tomato soup may be hard to digest for some is if an autoimmune disorder is present and the person is sensitive to night shades. People who are sensitive to nightshades can’t digest them fully which can cause gas and bloating.
Is Tomato Soup Bad For You?
No tomato soup is good for you! It’s a wonderful way to get tons of nutrients and moisture into the body while eating something comforting and delicious. Again unless you are allergic to tomatoes or sensitive to nightshades tomatoes are an excellent healthy choice for anyone on a gluten free diet.
The world of gluten free soups is a big one. If you simply google gluten free soups you’ll see over 10 million results! I reached out to the best gluten free bloggers on the internet and they came up with these awesome gluten free soup recipes for you to try. No matter what kind of soup you like there is something for everyone here. Most of these recipes are both gluten free and vegan. Some are vegetarian.
- Gluten Free Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Curried Carrot Ginger Soup with Sweet Potato
- Curried Cauliflower Soup
- Miso Soup
- Gluten Free & Keto Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
- Gluten Free Ramen Noodle Soup
Gluten Free Tomato Soup
- Cast Iron 4 Quart Pot
- In a large soup pot over a medium low flame heat olive oil, then sweat the onions until translucent (5-7 minutes).
- Add the garlic, cumin and chili pepper and saute until fragrant (1-3 min) over a medium flame.
- Add the fresh tomatoes and canned fire roasted tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes are soft (10 min) and season with salt.
- Add the stock and allow the soup to simmer for (20-25 min) partially covered.
- Once the soup is cool enough to handle, ( optional blend in the blender with the butter and then return to the pot).
- Stir in Rice Wine Vinegar and finish with salt and pepper to taste.