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This tomato soup with garlic and sage croutons is healthy and full of flavor. The flavors of basil, garlic, and sage wonderfully complement this soup.

black bowl of easy tomato soup garnished with sage croutons and basil

I was going to say “who doesn’t love a big bowl of tomato soup?” but I actually know a lot of people who hate the stuff, so scratch that.

This soup is simple, doesn’t take forever to make, and even though it (GASP! THE HORROR!) uses canned tomatoes, it tastes fresh and fabulous.  The croutons really make this soup. They’re like little carb jewels that make your tastebuds scream with delight.

This soup is GOOD. This is a new recipe of mine, and I was so happy with the way it turned out. It’s so good that I was hankering for more despite writhing in pain due to the heartburn I got because Grandma was too stubborn to take her Zantac.

I’m getting old. Tomatoes don’t agree with me. I don’t care. This soup will never get old, though.

Tools used to make this soup:
Oster Stick Blender

Will you make this tomato soup with garlic and sage croutons? You really should.

Tomato Soup with the Best Croutons! Basil, garlic, and sage wonderfully complement this soup.
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Tomato Soup with Garlic and Sage Croutons

Classic tomato soup with garlic and sage croutons - a healthy and comforting meal!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 4



  • 1 large carrot diced
  • 1 small or 1/2 large onion diced
  • 1 stick celery diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (5.5 fluid ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes (plain or seasoned both work)
  • 2 (10 fluid ounce) cans chicken broth (use veg broth if you want this to be a vegetarian recipe)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 large leaves basil
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream optional


  • 2 slices of bread (I used light rye) cut into cubes
  • Olive oil
  • Dried sage
  • Garlic powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste



  • Chop celery, carrot, and onion.
  • Add olive oil to a pot on medium heat. Add in the celery, carrot, and onion. Cook for 10-15 minutes (with the lid slightly open), stirring occasionally, until onions are slightly browned and carrot and celery are softer.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir.
  • Add in the canned tomatoes, garlic, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer for 10 minutes with lid slightly open.
  • Add basil, salt and pepper, and cream (optional).
  • Puree mixture with a stick/immersion blender.Croutons
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  • Chop four slices of bread into desired size cubes.
  • Add bread to a bowl and drizzle on a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle on sage, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, and any other dried herbs you think would work. Gently mix with your fingers to ensure each crouton is coated with the mixture.
  • Lay croutons out on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.


  • I suggest making the croutons while the soup cooks.

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  1. simonacallas says:

    This soup looks like Heaven and I am sure it’s super tasty šŸ™‚ Thank you, Natasha, for sharing the recipe ā¤

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Simona!! You are welcome šŸ™‚

  2. Annemarie @ justalittlebitofbacon says:

    Mmmm! I love tomato soup. Even if it sometimes doesn’t like me either. šŸ™‚ I’ll have to try your croutons next time I make soup. I usually fry mine but that’s not something you can do often.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you ? I thought of frying the croutons myself but it seemed easier to just throw them in the oven. I do love fried croutons though!

  3. Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says:

    I’m always looking for good soup recipes and this one looks great, Natasha. Love tomato soup and the croutons make it special. Pinning to try soon!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much!!

  4. Danielle | The Creative Bite says:

    The soup looks amazing on its own but the sage croutons just put it over the top, YUM!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks Danielle!!

  5. Tania @ COOKTORIA says:

    I would like a bowl of this deliciousness! I really enjoy tomato soups, especially with grilled cheese sandwich.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you Tania!!