Tomato and Orange Soup

6 servings
35 min

Make this delicious and warming Easy Tomato and Orange Soup recipe for dinner or for the beginning course of a wonderful meal. The bright citrus from the orange juice pairs perfectly with the tomato base. Add a little cream and you will have one of the best soups ever! Serve this soup with a swirl of heavy cream on top for a restaurant-worthy dish. It's amazing to see canned tomatoes turn into this bright orange and delicious soup. Pair this Tomato Orange soup with fresh bread or a grilled cheese sandwich! This recipe is inspired by the famous soup from Elephants Delicatessen in Portland, OR.

Tomato and Orange soup with a heavy cream swirl.

Tomatoes and onions cooking on the stove for tomato orange soup.

Tomato orange soup in a blender.

Recipe details

  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 25 Minutes Total time: 35 min
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  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup heavy cream (plus more for garnish)


In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Add the chopped onion and cook over medium-high heat until translucent.
Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, baking soda, and oregano to the onions and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes.
Put the mixture in a blender (or use your hand blender) and purée it. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve using a spatula to push it through. Be careful on this step because the soup is HOT!
Return the soup to the saucepan over low heat and stir in the orange juice. Add the heavy cream and bring just to a simmer while stirring, you don't want it to boil. At this time, add any salt or pepper if needed.
To create the swirl of cream on top, gently pour the cream on top of the soup before serving. Be careful because it will sink if it is put on too fast. I found that a condiment bottle worked perfectly to make a beautiful swirl.


  • If you want to make this soup ahead of time, make it up until you add the cream. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve and then heat up and add the cream before serving.

Emily |
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