Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 7 reviews

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

Image of panera bread creamy tomato soup in a white bowl topped with croutons.

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!

Photo of panera bread creamy tomato soup.

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.

Image of homemade tomato soup topped with croutons in a white bowl.

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.

Looking for more creamy soups recipes? Check these out:

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5 from 7 reviews
Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons  olive oil 
  • 6  garlic cloves  (minced)
  • 1  large yellow onion  (diced)
  • 2 cans  San Marzano peeled tomatoes  ((28 oz can sizes) crushed or blended)
  • 1 cup  vegetable stock 
  • 2 tablespoons  sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon  dried basil 
  • 1 cup  half and half or heavy cream 
  •  kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  (to taste)


  1. In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add diced onion and garlic. Cook, stirring as needed, until onion is translucent - about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Add the San Marzano peeled tomatoes, including the juice, vegetable stock, dried oregano, dried basil and sugar. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a low simmer. Cook uncovered, for 12 minutes or until it has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the half and half or heavy cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Using an immersion blender (or carefully transfer soup to a blender), puree soup until there are no large chunks left.
  6. Serve immediately garnished with croutons and french bread on the side.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or you can freeze the soup for up to 3 months.
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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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

This is one of my favorite soups! Can't wait to try my hand at making it perfect!



I love this soup from Panera, and I love that I can make it at home now!


Delaney | Melanie Makes

This soup looks so comforting!



My boys are obsessed with Panera! They love this soup because it's so creamy. This looks spot on. Can't wait to try it!



Perfect fall soup! My kiddo will love it!



Ive noticed on the Panera website that they list celery seed, white and red pepper in their ingredients. If I wanted to use those ingredients, what ratio do you suggest I use?


also, how do I make those yummy looking croutons?


You can use 1/2 teaspoon of celery seeds and 1/4 teaspoon of white and red pepper.


Inderpreet Kaur

Could you use fresh tomatoes instead of canned?


yes, totally!



Does this recipe call for 2 28-oz cans of crushed tomatoes, or 28 oz total? 


Hi, 2 cans each 28oz, thanks for this, I will correct to make it more clear.


Taylar Goddard

How many servings does this recipe make and what is one serving size? 


Rhonda White

I love Panera’s tomato soup .  I am giving this recipe a try tonight.  Thank you. 



This was so amazingly simple to make and so good.  For my husbands birthday he wanted tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Invited some couple over and made and there was not one drop left.  I actually used 8 cloves  cloves of frozen minced garlic and used the chicken stock.  Big hit!


Tammy Martin

Can I use San Mariano puréed tomatoes 28 Oz?


Yes, they will be delicious!



I tried this soup, it exactly tasted like Panera’s ... Thank you so much for sharing the Recipe. Looking forward for more vegi soups ♥️



This is our new favorite soup! Of course I tweaked it a little for our love of garlic, but this is SO MUCH BETTER than condensed from a can!



I just made this - delicious!! Tastes just like Panera:)



Delicious and thick! Added more garlic and basil but other than that kept to the recipe!



This tomato soup recipe is delicious!



This is my very favorite soup from Panera. I just made it using this recipe and it could not be more perfect!! Thank you!!



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.


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