Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

This tomato soup with goat cheese is a simple and easy way to make soup that uses just a few ingredients and is full of bright, tangy flavor.

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese | Green Valley Kitchen

We are having an extremely wet winter in Los Angeles.  After four years of drought, the rain is much needed, but the amount of rain has been worrisome as well.  Today we are being pounded by a steady, driving rain that is predicted to last for 24 hours. This storm is the biggest storm LA has seen in a decade.  Mudslides and flooding are on everyone’s mind.

To take my mind off the storm, I have been getting my inner Marie Kondo on and spending the day organizing things around the house.

I’m also making soup – a tomato soup with goat cheese.  It’s been a favorite of mine for a while since it’s so easy to make, uses just a few simple ingredients and is full of bright, tangy flavor – perfect for a wet wintery day.

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese | Green Valley Kitchen

The first few times I made this recipe I used a hand blender to puree the soup.

Then I realized that I could cook the onions, garlic and herbs first and add them to the uncooked tomatoes and stock in the blender.  Give it a whirl to puree all the ingredients before pouring it back into the soup pot to simmer for 15 minutes.

This was a much easier way to puree the soup – fewer splatters and no hot messy accidents.

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese | Green Valley Kitchen

What kind of soup do you like in the winter?  I’m always looking for recipe inspiration so I’d love to know which soups are your favorites – let me know in the comments below!

A couple of notes:

  • As noted above, you will puree the uncooked tomatoes and vegetable stock with the sautéd onions, garlic and herbs before simmering the soup.  No need to ladle hot soup into a blender.
  • Let the goat cheese melt for a few minutes in the soup before stirring.
  • If you’re not a big fan of goat cheese, you can add some cream or parmesan cheese instead.

Recipe adapted from this New York Times recipe.


Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

Tomato soup with goat cheese is an easy to make soup that uses just a few ingredients and is full of bright, tangy flavor.

  • Author: Geraldine
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Soup


  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion – finely diced
  • 2 minced garlic cloves – minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 8 twists of black pepper – from a pepper mill
  • 128 oz can of whole plum tomatoes – I used San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1 cup of vegetable broth
  • 2 oz goat cheese


  1. In a soup pot over medium low heat, add olive oil, diced onion, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, dried thyme and black pepper. Sauté for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t burn, until onion mixture is soft and slightly browned.
  2. Add all the tomatoes and their juices from the can and the vegetable stock to a blender. Add the sautéed onion mixture to the blender. Blend soup until fully pureed. Pour soup back into soup pan and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn heat to low and simmer soup for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in goat cheese and let melt for a minute or two before stirring. Stir to combine.
  5. Top with a sprinkle of goat cheese and black pepper and serve.


  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 130
  • Sugar: 3.9g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.3g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 4g

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30 comments on “Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

    1. Geraldine Post author

      We’ve had so much rain this year, Kathy – next week we’re supposed to have 4 or 5 days of rain in a row! Good for the plants – everything is so green and lush here – just gorgeous.

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Mary Ann – so far, so good with the rain. There have been some mud slides in the LA area but nothing too bad – but next week we’re in for 4 or 5 days of rain in a row – so fingers crossed it’s not too bad.

  1. annie@ciaochowbambina

    Nothing like creamy soup to make rainy days better! I love the addition of cooked onions! You’ve inspired me to tackle my ‘junk drawer’! This could take a while! 🙂 Have a great weekend, my friend!

  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean

    No doubt, rain is much needed, but too much all at once isn’t good. Those slides are a mess and can be so dangerous. Organizing and making soup on a rainy day is a good way to spend the day indoors. I love to be organized too. It makes me feel peaceful. Clutter makes me feel stress – my husband doesn’t understand this. I crave tomato soup, especially when paired with crusty sourdough or a grilled cheese. I love how you’ve paired this with goat cheese and made it fast and easy to whip up. And who can resist that bright color! Gorgeous work, Geraldine!

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Traci – the rain was definitely worrying. I’m at the bottom of a canyon road and there was a river of water flowing down the street all day. But no really damage in my neighborhood – just everything needs to dry out a bit now. I totally agree about organizing – I find it so satisfying. Sometimes I get lost in it and a whole afternoon goes by – but it’s such a great feeling to see a neat, clutter free closet. xo

  3. Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    I love creamy soups like this in the winter…tomato and squash soups are my favorite. I am with you on the house organizing. Isn’t it the greatest feeling? I mean I’ve never done, but at least I get a good start some days! Loving that goat cheese on top! Extra yummy!

  4. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    While I am glad you guys are finally getting rain, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that all the rain doesn’t do too much damage (or any damage at all really)!! Rainy days are perfect for organizing the house… and eating soup by the serving bowl-full! Tomato soup is one of my favorites, and I LOVE that you added goat cheese!!! This looks so delicious, Geraldine! And I adore how quick and easy it is to throw together! I could use a few vats of this right about now! Cheers, friend and stay dry! <3

    1. Geraldine Post author

      Thanks, Cheyanne – I’m with you on rainy days and organizing the house – it’s the perfect excuse to just hang out at home but get something done at the same time!


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