This creamy tomato gnocchi soup is easy, comforting, and comes together fast. The pillowy gnocchi make this the best tomato soup ever.
You're sure to also enjoy my Sausage Gnocchi Soup next if you enjoy this one.
I'm going to put it out there that this creamy gnocchi soup is one of the best recipes I've ever put on my blog. I'm that excited about it.
I LOVE tomato soup to begin with, but make it a creamy tomato soup and put gnocchi in it, and it's even better and more satisfying.
You may also like my Easy Tomato Soup Recipe.
The potato gnocchi cook right in the soup so there's no messing around with multiple pots. The gnocchi release starch, which thickens up the broth, and along with the cream, it's definitely a recipe I'm now going to have on repeat in my house.
This easy gnocchi soup was an interesting one to photograph. For some reason, I expected the gnocchi to float. That wasn't so.
I had a heck of a time arranging the bowl, and the photos you're seeing are my second attempt. I'm glad the soup tasted so good, or else I may have abandoned the recipe in frustration. 😛
Recipe notes & tips:
- I use the dry gnocchi that's found in the pasta aisle of most grocery stores. Refrigerated or frozen potato gnocchi will work too. I don't recommend using homemade gnocchi because I've received reader feedback that it's delicate and falls apart easily.
- I don't recommend subbing the heavy cream for half-and-half or milk. The acidity of the tomatoes will curdle it and you'll have a gritty texture.
- I sometimes add about a tablespoon or so of sugar to tomato soup if the tomatoes taste a bit too acidic/sour (they can vary from brand to brand).
- This soup reheats will. It continues to thicken up the longer you leave it, so after a few days in the fridge, it's really rich and luxurious. With that said, if you ever need to thin it out, add some more broth to it.
- I tweaked the recipe on May 14, 2020 to simplify the cooking process.
More easy gnocchi recipes:
- Creamy Tomato Gnocchi
- Sausage, Kale, and Gnocchi Soup
- Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce (No Cream)
- Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Gnocchi
I really hope you give this creamy tomato basil soup with gnocchi a try... I know I will be making it again soon!
Questions? Ask me in the comments below!
Creamy Tomato Gnocchi Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 medium onion chopped finely
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 (28 fluid ounce) can crushed tomatoes with juices
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup heavy/whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 pound uncooked potato gnocchi
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Handful fresh basil torn (optional)
- Melt the oil & butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion for about 5-7 minutes, or until it's lightly browned.
- Stir in the garlic until fragrant (about 30 seconds).
- Add the crushed tomatoes, broth, water, cream, Italian seasoning, and gnocchi. Increase the heat to high and bring the soup to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, stirring it occasionally. The broth will continue to thicken up the longer it cooks from the starch that the gnocchi releases.
- Season with salt & pepper as needed and add the fresh basil just before serving. Enjoy!
- Serves 4-6.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Delicious! Although I did ad ground chicken sausage and some spinach. OMG! My husband and I couldn’t get enough!! Definitely making it again!
Lori Mcclaskey says
Can you sub coconut milk for heavy cream?
You could try, but it will change the flavor a bit.
Terry Jones says
Are these crushed tomatoes or diced. The picture shows diced but the recipe calls for crushed. Please advise. Thx
Hi Terry! You're right... those photos are very old and the recipe has since been updated as I prefer a slightly thicker texture with crushed tomatoes. I'd use crushed as per the recipe but diced won't break the recipe or anything. Readers have made it with both. Hope you enjoy the soup! 🙂
Terry Jones says
Thank you! I will let you know. I am making it tomorrow!
Nicki C. says
Can I make this in a crockpot? Sounds delicious.
I haven't tested it, but you're welcome to experiment. I haven't tested gnocchi in the Crockpot before, so I am hesitant to guess.
Nicki C. says
So I ended up cooking it on low for about 4 hours with everything except the gnocchis and heavy cream. We added these last minute, just long enough to heat them and then served. It would out really well! Thanks!
Best soup I’ve ever made 🥰 roasted some garden tomatoes and garlic in place of the can and even better!
It always puzzles me when people comment with high ratings and then proceed to tell you how they changed the recipe. IDK, I guess I’m of the mind set that if i make it the way it is written then i can chime in…but that’s just me. I’m new to you Natasha and so far have tried 3 of your recipes, just as written, and they are simply delicious and so wonderful in flavor. I’m pretty good in the kitchen, cooking and baking and with you, i have found a reliable source. Thank you for doing the upfront work for us all, look forward to making more of your recipes.
Aww thanks for your kind comment, Cat!! 🙂 I appreciate you trying the recipes as-is, and I am so happy you enjoyed them.
Does this freeze well? Would like to make in advance to bring on a trip later. Thank you!
Hi! So, this isn't the type of recipe that I'd recommend freezing. There's cream in the broth (cream tends not to freeze/thaw well), and the gnocchi may get kinda gloopy. I recommend perhaps making the soup before the trip and freezing any leftovers as a test. I'd just not like to advise you to freeze the whole batch and then it not turn out as you were hoping.
I made this for the first time last night. I added chicken sausage and baby spinach for a one pot meal. Delicious!!!
I always substitute light cream for the heavy cream - just slightly more healthy, LOL. Will definitely be making again! The entire family enjoyed it.
I really love these gnocchi recipes!
I'm so pleased you enjoyed it, Angela!! I'm glad the light cream works for you. 🙂
Just made it! Tasted awesome
Fab!! Thanks, Andres! 🙂
made it tonight Yummy.! Thanks.
You're welcome!! 🙂
I made this and OMG it is so good and I think we could eat it 7 days a week! I made it using your recipe but in place of tomatoes I used a 5 cheese Marinara sauce and I’m making it again this weekend. Love, love, love it!
That's great!! I'm so happy you liked it!
This soup was sooooo good! Yes, it's annoying when people say they modified it and say is was sooo good, but this soup as written is perfection! My modifcations are just my own preference. I sauted the onion with ground sausage, drained it and then added the garlic. I added about 2 TBS of tomato paste and 1 TBS of brown sugar to take that tin-like taste that comes with canned tomatoes. For the gnocchi I used a frozen bag of Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi AND a bag of their frozen Kale Gnocchi- I threw the frozen pieces in a collander and ran warm water over it to thaw, then I pan fried them with a little oil to kind of 'brown' them.
I'm so glad you liked it! 🙂
I made this soup last night and made it vegan by substituting vegan butter and coconut cream instead of heavy cream. I also blended the soup (minus the coconut cream) so it made it extra creamy! This was so so yummy and can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch today!
I'm so happy you were able to veganize it!! Sounds delish! 🙂
The soup has great potential! I made fresh gnocchi and they practically melted into the soup. I think next time I'd only add one cup of water, and would wait to add the gnocchi with the cream. Worth trying again with some adjustments.
Hmm sorry that happened with the fresh gnocchi! I've only tested it with the store-bought kind. Glad you're giving the soup another try, though 🙂
Can I use dried basil instead of fresh if I don't have any on hand?
Yup, it won’t be quite the same but it’ll do. Hope you like the soup ♥️♥️
Just made this soup tonite & it is truly delicious. Whole family of 4 loved it. Thank you!
I made this before & it is super yummy! I want to make it again, but I could only find frozen gnocchis. How do you think I should cook them? Cook separately or still just throw in the soup frozen? Or thaw beforehand? Thank you!
I'm so glad you liked the soup! I would say frozen gnocchi is fine. They will thaw fairly quickly, so I would just throw them in the soup frozen. It may need an extra couple minutes, but I can't imagine it'll be that different. Let me know how it goes 🙂
Turned out just fine! Thank you!
Hands down, BEST tomato soup! I added bacon in mine and it was even better. I will be making this over and over again!!
Wonderful!! I am so glad to hear it!! Adding bacon = genius 😉
So pleased you liked it, Jane!!
This recipe was so wonderfully delicious and filling! We love it!
Yay! So happy you liked it, AJ! 🙂
Very yummy soup! Like an above poster, I used chicken broth and (because I was afraid of not having quite enough tomato) a can of petite diced tomatoes. Superb! My husband didn't even whine about lack of meat.
Haha that's great... so nice when husbands don't whine! 😉 So happy you liked it, RP!
Kara Jane Henry says
I made this tonight and wow it was amazing! I halved the recipe because I was only cooking for two. I also used diced tomatoes and used a hand blender for a few seconds bevauae I like my soups chunky! I also used half and half instead of heavy cream. It was delicious thank you!
So glad you liked it, Kara!!
came across a picture of your soup on Tumblr. The photos are so delicious to look at. I'm happy there was a link to your blog too, so here I am and will give it a try the next days. Can't wait to taste it!
Thanks for sharing.
Greetings from Germany,
So glad you found me! Hope you love the soup, Pia!
Made this with fire roasted petit tomatoes and beef broth. Pander with grilled turkey pepper jack sandwiches. Great Sunday Cold Sunday afternoon dinner. Wonderful soup.
Awesome! So glad you liked it!
Really enjoyed this soup! My whole family (including the picky eaters) gobbled it up. I added some crumbed goat cheese on top. Yum!
That's great to hear!! So glad everyone liked it. 🙂
This soup was delicious. I added a can of petite diced tomatoes and used chicken broth in place of vegetable broth. So good!!
So happy you liked it!!
Dude, this is the soup of my dreams
Haha thanks. It is really good. 🙂