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Soup | September 10, 2020

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup is the ultimate easy to make dinner! It is kid approved, takes minutes to put together and is the best way to celebrate fresh tomatoes!

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Calling all kids!

If your kids are like mine, they love grilled cheese with tomato soup! Nothing tastes quite like homemade tomato soup and this recipe for Instant Pot Tomato Soup is so easy you will wish you had fresh tomatoes year ’round! The good news- you can also use canned tomatoes with nearly the same result.

Tomato Soup made with fresh tomatoes in the Instant Pot

Making a meal out of tomato soup and grilled cheese!

There’s something so comforting about a bowl of tomato soup with a melty grilled cheese sandwich! My kids are all grown up now, but they still love grilled cheese and tomato soup. I always felt like a grilled cheese on its own or a bowl of tomato soup alone were not really a meal, but paired together? A whole different story! If you want to try gourmet grilled cheese, try this recipe.

Instant Pot Fresh Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup – the only way!

Instant Pot Tomato Soup is a recipe you will make over and over again. I love making soup in the Instant Pot, because all of the cooking is done in one pot. The sauté feature is perfect for cooking/browning vegetables or meat before using the pressure cook feature. Once you learn how to make tomato soup in the Instant Pot, you will never want to make it any other way!

Bowl of  fresh Tomato Soup

Immersion blender makes this recipe so easy!

If you can press a button and chop, you can make this recipe! The Instant Pot makes creating meals a simple task. Most recipes for tomato soup call for peeling the tomatoes. I’ve found not peeling the tomatoes and blending the skin right into the the soup makes a natural thickener. And one less step in any recipe is a winner in my book. The immersion blender and soups were made for each other!

Immersion blender used in the Instant Pot

How to get started with the Instant Pot!

Haven’t removed your Instant Pot from the box yet? Read this post on how to get started. Soon your Instant Pot will be your best friend! You seriously will wonder why you waited so long to use the Instant Pot! If tomato soup isn’t your favorite, two other soups we love in the Instant Pot are Instant Pot White Cheddar Soup and Instant Pot Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili.

5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup is the easiest way to make delicious homemade tomato soup in minutes! No peeling required!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword instant pot, tomato, tomato soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
pre heat time, saute time, release pressure 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 about 8- 2 cup servings
Author Si Foster, A Bountiful Kitchen


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet onions diced, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla
  • 1 clove garlic chopped
  • 2-3 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3-28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes or about 12 cups chopped peeled tomatoes in chunks drained
  • 1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
  • fresh basil I use about 1/2 cup chopped and a little more for garnish
  • fresh oregano, parsley, thyme (optional) 2 tablespoons each, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar optional
  • serve with fresh herbs, greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 cup cream or half and half (optional) to replace 1 cup of broth


  1. Turn the Instant Pot to the SAUTE setting.

  2. Sautee the onions in olive oil for about 5 minutes or until softened. Turn off SAUTE setting. Add the garlic, salt and pepper and saute with heat off for another minute.

  3. Add the chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned) all at once. If using canned tomatoes, pour off any juice from can.

  4. Add 1 cup of the chicken or vegetable broth to the mixture in the IP. Add fresh basil, and (optional) thyme, oregano, parsley, and 1 teaspoon sugar to the IP.

  5. Make sure the rubber ring inside the lid is in place and the dial on top of the lid is turned to SEAL. Set the Instant Pot to the MANUAL or HIGH PRESSURE setting for 5 minutes.

  6. Lock the lid into closed position and turn the IP on. 

    After the timer goes off, let sit for 10-15 minutes and carefully release the remaining steam from the IP using the VENTING position on the lid. 

  7. After steam is released, remove lid. Using an Immersion blender, blend the ingredients in the IP until smooth. Add remaining broth (or half and half if using) and stir. You may use the SAUTE setting to quickly warm the soup up if it has cooled after adding additional broth or half and half.

    Alternately, carefully place 2 cups of the soup at a time into a blender until all ingredients are smooth.

    Serve immediately or turn the IP to the keep warm setting. 

Recipe Notes

  • If you like a creamier version, omit about 1 cup of the chicken broth and add cream  or half and half.

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    1. Hi Manasa, yes you can definitely freeze this soup, just make sure it’s in an air tight container! Thank you for reading ABK,

  1. 5 stars
    This is an amazing Si….and it looks soo yummy & sound too delicious with quick easy to make as well….i will made it tonight dinner….Thanks for sharing….!

  2. Hi Si,

    You say in the intro to the recipe section that no peeling is required, yet for the tomato ingredients, you specify peeled tomatoes. Can you clarify?


    1. Hi Beverly, I prefer not peeling the tomatoes and blending the skin right into the the soup because it serves as a natural thickener, I’ll put that in the notes section to clarify. However, I’ve found a lot of people prefer to peel the skins off so that’s why I used that in the ingredients list.

  3. 5 stars
    Loved making this tomato soup. I ended up peeling the tomatoes before chopping and it was delish. Next time though I will just chop them with skins to save time & see what the difference in consistency would be. I didn’t have fresh herbs handy so I just used dry basil, oregano and parsley and it still turned out great. I love a creamy soup however didn’t want to over do it so I just did the 1 cup chicken broth, 1 cup half and half and just dashed a little more half and half at the end.

  4. 5 stars
    Si, I cannot count the number of times I have made this exact recipe, but I do know a few things about this tomato soup at this point:
    1. It has gotten me through more winters in New York in Boston than any other recipe!
    2. It is a staple meal in my family and marriage.
    3. This bowl of comfort gets me through hard days, and it’s the closest I can get to experiencing the magic that is your kitchen!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for warming my stomach and Instagram feed with your bountiful meals!!