Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Soup Copycat [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 18 reviews

Soups and Stews

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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Homemade 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.

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.
5 from 18 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 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)


  • In a heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add diced onion and garlic. Cook, stirring as needed, until onion is translucent - about 5-8 minutes.
  • 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.
  • Add the half and half or heavy cream and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Using an immersion blender (or carefully transfer soup to a blender), puree soup until there are no large chunks left.
  • Serve immediately garnished with croutons and french bread on the side.
  • 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: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 377mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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Melissa Peebles

I made this using 3 quarts of tomatoes that I canned, and it turned out perfected.



Made today in my Dutch oven. A gem of a recipe. Added a pinch of cayenne for spice and it was wonderful. Have had 2 huge bowls today. Outstanding.



I used oat milk because my girlfriend is lactose intolerant! If you mix some cornstarch & water together and mix it into the soup it helps thicken it :) tasted amazing still! Wonderful recipe.


Carol Cuevas

Excellent Cream Of Tomato Soup. I used less sugar and more garlic. I pre-pureed the tomatoes, and buzzed the onion, carrot and celery in the food processor until it was small minced sized.....That gave it a little more rustic texture than the traditional creamy style, although I'll try the creamy method next time. I used half and Half very successfully. I used chicken broth because I didn't have vege broth. I added butter at the end, which has a delicate flavor and smooths over any high acidity tomato. Besides, butter always pairs well with any tomato recipe. Thank you. Fabulous Recipe


Thank you Carol



I made this soup as the recipe says. I just used half cup of heavy. It turned out delicious. Thank you for the recipe!!



Panera's soups are all sky-high in sodium. Does yours intentionally leave salt to a 'to taste' status?


Frugal Gourmet

Go ahead and hate me, but you're wasting your money on San Marzano tomatoes in this recipe. Made it both ways. Add a pinch more sugar and you won't know the difference.


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