Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 9 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat is the chain’s classic famous creamy soup, that will warm your soul and make your taste buds happy. Watch the short video tutorial below and see how simple and easy this dish is!

We love creamy, hearty and comfort food, and this one is by far our most favorite one. You can also check out our delicious Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup, Taco Soup, and Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup

This Creamy Tomato Soup is what I order 90% of the time when I eat at Panera Bread because it’s very delicious. We even have a family tradition, every time we do a road trip, we always check the map and plan to stop for a bite at Panera Bread. I was all smiles when a location opened two blocks from my house and now I love to take my son there for after-school dinner dates.

He gets his usual Baked Potato Soup or Chicken Wild Rice Soup, with an apple and organic yogurt, and I get the Tomato Soup most of the time. This delicious homemade soup tastes just like the original! Soul warming, flavorful and so creamy, you will make it home over and over again!

Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe Tips:

  • Use good tomatoes! I can’t stress this enough, San Marzano tomatoes are the most flavorful and sweet, perfect for this recipe. Also, you can find canned San Marzano tomatoes in almost every grocery store.
  • Originally this meal is made with vegetable stock. However, for more flavor, you can use chicken stock, but the soup won’t be vegetarian.
  • Dried oregano and basil add flavor to it, don’t skip these. Even better if you have some fresh basil on hand to garnish the soup right before serving.
  • You can skip the sugar, but for that Panera Bread taste you need to add some, it brings the sweetness in the tomatoes and makes the soup better.
  • Since this is a homemade version, you can play with it, add more or less garlic and if you want, some red pepper flakes for some heat.

What is the difference between cream of tomato soup and tomato bisque?

A traditional bisque is made with lobster, crab or crayfish stock. The word bisque is usually associated with creamy soup or any pureed soup. The main difference between a tomato bisque and soup is whether cream has been used.

How to make homemade vegetable stock?

  • Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • Then, add the garlic, onions, celery, and carrots to it.
  • Cook until softened, for about 5-8 minutes, while stirring often.
  • Next, add the water, frozen vegetable scraps, bay leaves, parsley, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Lastly, reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 45 minutes.

Can you freeze Creamy Tomato Soup?

Yes. I recommend using quart bags for it. First, use a cup to transfer the soup from the pot into the bag. Then, squeeze out excess air and seal the bags. The bags can nicely be stored in the freezer for up to 3-4 months. Also, to thaw it, remove it from the freezer the night before serving, or put the sealed soup bag in warm water to thaw it faster.

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5 from 9 reviews

Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup

Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat is the chain's classic, famous, creamy soup that will warm your soul and make your taste buds happy.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins



Nutrition information

Calories: 118 Carbohydrates: 16 Protein: 2 Fat: 5 Saturated Fat: 1 Cholesterol: 1 Sodium: 393 Potassium: 377 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 260 Vitamin C: 15.3 Calcium: 99 Iron: 1.7 g
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Hello! Just trying to figure out how many oz are in each serving? I'm trying to make this for 12 seven oz ramekins for Thanksgiving. Trying to figure out if I need to double the recipe. Thank you!


the recipe makes about 68oz, so you don't have to double, but use another 15oz can of tomatoes and one more cup of broth and cream.


Michaela Jessen

Can I freeze and still maintain taste and texture?




Jaimie Laureiro

I added a little more sugar, but damn, so good❤️


Diane Hamm

Has anyone made this in a Crock-Pot? I am thinking of doing that today...the soup sounds delicious!


Hi Diane, You can easily make it in the crockpot as well. We have the slow cooker version in this link: Also, you can use the search bar and find it. thanks



I have never been a fan of tomato soup, but for some reason, it looked so creamy in the picture, I decided to give tomato soup one more try. This recipe is amazing and I absolutely couldn't get enough of it! I ate leftovers for 3 days after and was sad when it was gone. I'm making it again tomorrow and can't wait to satisfy the week-long craving I've been having for it.



Just made this exactly as written which I normally don’t do! But it was awesome & my family love it. I also made grilled cheese cut into “dunkin” sticks....This was a big hit right now while we are cooped up at home.


Thanks Rita for your review! Happy you and your family loved it!)))



My toddler kept asking for tomato soup for dinner. I found this recipe and it looked simple for a weekday meal. It turned out perfectly smooth and creamy and full of flavor. Instant hit with my family and we all went back for more! I used half canned and half fresh tomatoes (as they were going to spoil soon). Garnished with grated parmesan cheese and fresh basil, and served with French bread. Will definitely be making this again. So happy I found this recipe. Thank you!!!


Thank you Anna for your feedback! Happy for that you and your toddler loved it!))) All the best!


Angely M.

What should I do if I don't have veg stock. Can I use water instead?


yes you could.



This recipe is OUTSTANDING


Anu Varghese

I tried this recipe for dinner and everyone loved it! My 5 year old was making slurping sounds because she enjoyed it so much, lol. Thank you! I have a question for you. What is the method you use to calculate the nutritional information? The numbers I am getting are way off even though it is for the same exact ingredients.


The nutritional info is calculated by the recipe card I use based on the quantity of the ingredients and the servings it makes.



Made this last night and was SOOOOO good! The only minor minor changes I made were swapping in brown sugar, added 1T of butter, and also some chili flakes and cayenne. Tasted so similar to Panera and definitely going into my rotation for meal planning. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe!


thank you for your feedback!


Janel Santos

I'm never good at figuring out how much salt to add. Can you tell me approximately how much you used and if it is kosher or iodized? Thank you!


I used kosher, but you really have to taste and adjust. At least 1 teaspoon.



HOw many servings is this recipe?


about 4 servings, 2 cups each.



What quantity of fresh quantity will make equal to 2 28oz cans?



Can I use whole milk instead of cream or half & half? Will it taste the same or be too thin?


it will be thinner, I would say you try half and half.


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