Copycat Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup

Updated on December 23, 2017

Easy tomato soup recipe that tastes just like Heinz


For all the Brits who live abroad

For all of us Brits who live outside of Britain, this is the kind of food we know, love, miss and crave! We hit on this soup quite by accident when a good friend of ours passed on her old recipe. After one mouth full, we glanced up at each other and almost simultaneously cried, “This tastes just like Heinz tomato soup!”

This has become our go-to "feel like I’m back home," "just picked up some Heinz from the supermarket" recipe, and we regularly feed the addiction.

Now, maybe I’m over selling this, maybe I’m talking it up too much, but one thing I can guarantee, this soup is excellent on so many levels. Even if at the end of the day you don’t agree with us, you will still LOVE this soup.

Ok, I’m off to make some more.


2010 - Heinz has been selling its canned tomato soup in Britain for 100 years.

We Brits think it’s a British product, right? Wrong! Mr. J.Heinz who brought it to our dining room table was, in fact, American.

Thank you, America!



  • 3 cups Tomatoes, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Onions, Diced
  • 2 teaspoons Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Basil
  • pinch Thyme
  • pinch Black pepper
  • 3/4 cup Tomato paste

To make the roux sauce

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk

Opt to make the base only - this saves freezer space - then add the roux (the last three ingredients) when serving.

Let’s get soup making

This recipe is so easy to scale up, I usually make 3 or 4 times the amount at a time. Just choose a large pan and batch cook for the freezer, perfect for those long winter evenings!

Three Easy Steps

  1. Combine all ingredients in a pan (except the last three for the white sauce/roux).
  2. Blend or sieve.
  3. Make and add roux sauce.


  1. In a saucepan put chopped tomatoes, diced onion, sugar, salt, basil, thyme, pepper and tomato paste/purée, simmer with the lid on for about 10 minutes until nicely cooked down.
  2. If you have a high powered blender like a Vitamix or magimix, you can just blend the soup (no sieving needed) and it’s ready to add the roux. If you do not have a blender, push the cooked mixture through a sieve and discard the pulp. I favour the blender method as you have no waste whatsoever and you maintain all the goodness.
  3. Freeze your soup base when cooled and add your white sauce when serving, I find it saves me a lot of freezer space.
  4. To make the roux : Take a small saucepan and add the butter, melt down on a low heat being careful not to brown the butter. Add the flour and stir continuously for 20-30 seconds, then add the milk little by little, still stirring, to make sure you have a lump free sauce.
  5. Add to soup! Top with a swirl of plain yoghurt, basil leaves or croutons, enjoy!


A healthy option

A good kick of antioxidants from the fresh tomatoes and paste with just the smallest amount of butter and flour used to make the roux, with no added butter or oil in the actual cooking of the soup, makes this a delicious & healthy choice.

One batch for lunch (with a ham Sandwich!) and the rest ready for the freezer.
One batch for lunch (with a ham Sandwich!) and the rest ready for the freezer. | Source

What is a roux?

A roux - pronounced “roo”- is how you begin to make a basic white sauce.

Melted butter and flour are cooked down in a saucepan (the roux) and then milk is added. The roux is prepared to thicken your sauce. In this recipe however, we are looking for only a slight thickening of the sauce, if at all.

Tasty soup goes perfectly with a toasted bagel

Great with fresh home made bagels
Great with fresh home made bagels | Source

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      lemonkerdz 3 months ago from LIMA, PERU

      Thanks for your input Robin, Tomato soup is great any time of year but on a cold winter day is real comfort food.

      It’s well worth making it up in batches to store for those lazy days when you just want a quick healthy meal and sit watching the TV.

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      Robin Carretti 3 months ago from Hightstown

      How did you get me in a Tomato soup mood you brought out all those tomatoes to warm my heart thanks very interesting read

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      lemonkerdz 3 months ago from LIMA, PERU

      Thanks for taking the time to comment Mary Wickison, it’s funny how memories are all linked in with our food and eating habits. I’m sure your husband meant it as a compliment, to say it tastes like Heinz is a real pat on the back for you.

      Please make this soup for your husband I’d be interested to see how it compares to his memory of the tomato soup in the UK. And yes there are so many brands we’ve grown up with in England thought to be british that are anything but that.

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      Mary Wickison 3 months ago from Brazil

      I had to laugh when I read this. A few weeks ago, I made a beef and veg soup. When my husband tried this, he said, "It tastes just like Heinz". He meant it as a compliment even though I had spent a goodly bit of time preparing it.

      I will definitely be trying your tomato soup recipe.

      I didn't realize the company was American. My husband thinks it's British. I as an American will have to put him right on that point. LOL