Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

Panera Tomato Soup is so easy to make from scratch. You are going to love this vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup that tastes just like it does from Panera.

Two bowls of homemade copycat Panera Bread creamy tomato soup.

It is hard to beat a bowl of warm soup. Panera’s Creamy Tomato Soup is one that is perfect for a meal that will warm you up. Panera is known for their soups, and this one is another one of their classic recipes.

It’s really easy to make flavorful tomato soup from scratch. This recipe uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes have the advantage of always being in season. By using canned tomatoes to make soup you get a way to make consistent soup every single time.

My copycat for Panera Creamy Tomato Soup can be put together in no time at all, and you can soon be enjoying your soup with some grilled cheese sandwiches or some nice crusty bread.

What’s in Panera’s Creamy Tomato Soup

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup is a vegetarian soup, so I am using vegetable stock for this recipe, if you prefer, you could use chicken stock.

This tomato soup recipe is made creamy by the addition of heavy cream. I like to use heavy cream in soups that are going to be reheated. Heavy cream can be reheated without the milk curdling.

Overhead photo of two bowls of homemade Creamy Tomato Soup

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Here’s what you need to make Panera creamy tomato soup:

  • Olive oil
  • White onions
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Tomato puree
  • Dried basil
  • Oregano
  • Vegetable stock
  • Heavy cream
  • Sugar

How to Make Panera Tomato Soup

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, add olive oil, chopped white onion, and salt.
  2. Sauté until onions are transparent.
  3. Add chopped garlic and sauté until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Add tomato puree, basil, oregano, vegetable stock, and heavy cream.
  5. Reduce heat and simmer for about 12 minutes.
  6. Taste and if the soup is too acidic add sugar. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Puree soup with either an immersion blender or in a blender.

Perfect Toppings for Creamy Tomato Soup

  • Shavings of Parmesan cheese
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Croutons
  • Buttery Croutons
  • Popcorn
  • Fresh Basil shavings
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese
  • A dollop of sour cream
Two bowls of copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup

Love Panera Bread? Be sure to try these copycat recipes

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Two bowls of homemade Panera Bread creamy tomato soup.

Panera Creamy Tomato Soup (Vegetarian)

Enjoy your own bowl of Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup, even more, when you make it at home. 
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Creamy Tomato Soup, Panera Tomato Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 174kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped white onions
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 58 ounces tomato puree 4 – 14.5 ounce cans
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 14.5 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, over medium heat add olive oil and add chopped white onion.   Sprinkle 1/2 salt teaspoon on top.   Saute until onions are transparent.  
  • Add chopped garlic and saute until the garlic becomes fragrant.   
  • Add tomato puree, basil, oregano, vegetable stock, and heavy cream.   Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes. 
  • Taste, and if the soup is too acidic add sugar.  Season with salt and black pepper to taste. 
  • Puree soup with either an immersion blender or by carefully pureeing soup in a blender.   


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1375IU | Vitamin C: 23.5mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Dorothy

    5 stars
    Delicious as is, followed the recipe exactly. I left it chunky and it was awesome! Will definitely make again. Do you think this would freeze okay?

  2. Maddie

    5 stars
    This is amazing! I just made this tonight for the first time and was blown away at how great this is. It’s so fresh and tastes so similar (probably even better) than panera!! Thank you for a great recipe. I’m definitely saving this to make again 🙂

  3. Linda Howell

    5 stars
    Love the tomato soup. Have made it 3 times since the first of February
    and am making again today. It is not a heavy soup, has just the right amount of cream.

      • Chloe

        You’re correct. This is completely vegetarian. There are different layers of being vegetarian but the normally idea of it is just no meat but dairy is perfectly fine!

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