Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

This Creamy Tomato Soup recipe is a family favorite – especially when served with a big buttery grilled cheese sandwich! An easy homemade soup that’s a copycat of Panera’s Creamy Tomato Soup.

A bowl of tomato soup on a marble counter next to tomatoes.

Homemade Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

Despite the heat, my mind and body have already decided it is Fall. Like full on FALL — even if it is still in the 90’s here in Florida. And that’s why I am brining you this Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe in September!

I have been asking anybody and everybody I know to go to Hobby Lobby to buy Fall decorations for my house.

I am also fighting myself on getting a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.

How can I drink a pumpkin flavored hot coffee in this weather? It’s just not ok.

Creamy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich in the soup bowl.

Somehow my craving for soups is even stronger than my craving for pumpkin spice lattes and fall decorations.

I have a notebook where I keep ideas of recipes I want to make.

If you look at it today, it has 11 soups in a row — no joke.

I keep asking Jorge if he will eat soup for dinner yet…and his answer is “NO.” every. single. time.

A bowl of homemade tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich.

I always ask back, but what about your favorite Taco Ranch Chicken Chili?? No!

Ok, how about my favorite, One-Pot Bacon Corn Chowder?? NO! No soup until it’s under 80 degrees!

He is SUCH a kill joy.

(Pssst! You can find all my soup recipes right here.)

A bowl of creamy tomato soup on a wooden board.

So I finally said screw you, I’m making soup. Tomato Soup just like at Panera and you can’t have any!

Well ladies and gents, guess who ate a big bowl of this amazing tomato soup and a big grilled cheese?? Jorge. The soup naysayer.

This tomato soup is a recipe that has been a long time in the making.

I tried using fresh tomatoes, but it was double the time and the flavor wasn’t close enough to the one I love to get at Panera.

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe: this simple recipe is my families favorite creamy tomato soup when served with a big buttery grilled cheese sandwich!

“Creamy” is in the name, but the soup at Panera is really not all that creamy. So I learned to use only a little cream.

I also add a little sugar to cut the acidity of the tomatoes and not too much basil. And I add a little parmesan cheese – but it’s totally optional.

Is this the exact same soup you get from Panera? No, probably not exactly. However, it is dang close to it! And bonus? It only takes 30 minutes to make!

The next time I make it, I plan on making a triple batch to have extra to freeze the leftovers.

That way whenever I am in the mood, I can just pull a bag out from the freezer!

UPDATE: Panera changed their soup recipe a while back a little. But scroll down to read the reviews…this tomato soup still ROCKS and you must make it asap.

Yield: 4 Servings

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup

To make your meal perfect, make a grilled cheese with fresh thick crusty sourdough bread, havarti cheese and a ton of real butter. That is my PERFECT grilled cheese.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 (28 oz) cans San Marzano peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese, optional


  1. In a heavy bottomed pot (or dutch oven), heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds - until fragrant. Add onion and cook, stirring as needed, until translucent - about 8 minutes.
  2. Add San Marzano peeled tomatoes (juice and all), chicken stock, and sugar. Bring to a low simmer. Cook uncovered, for 12 minutes or until it has thickened.
  3. Add the heavy cream, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Using an immersion blender (or carefully transfer soup to a blender), puree soup until there are no large chunks left.
  5. OPTIONAL: stir in parmesan cheese and serve topped with buttery croutons.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


I really like San Marzano canned tomatoes, especially for this recipe. I buy the Cento brand and can find it every where from Walmart to Publix (this is what the can looks like). 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 197Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 279mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 5g

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Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe: this simple recipe is my families favorite creamy tomato soup when served with a big buttery grilled cheese sandwich!

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat Recipe: this simple recipe is my families favorite creamy tomato soup when served with a big buttery grilled cheese sandwich!

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