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The secret to this creamy vegan tomato soup recipe is fire-roasted tomatoes and cashews. It’s fast and easy, and star toasts make it a hit with kids.

Simplest Tomato Soup with Star Toasts

This creamy vegan tomato soup recipe is sponsored by Muir Glen. All opinions are our own. 

Sometimes life needs a little spicing up to make familiar things new again, and it’s funny what even the simplest things can do. Moving a piece of furniture can make a whole new room. Taking a new way to work, trying a new restaurant, or exploring a new neighborhood can add a new dimension to a familiar city. Even just adding a new recipe or two to the rotation can make the weekday grind more fun. This vegan tomato soup recipe is a new favorite of ours: especially spicing it up with these star toasts! Keep reading for the vegan tomato soup recipe and a bit more about keeping recipes interesting. 

Related: 10 Easy Recipes for Kids

Spicing up recipes with a special touch

And adding new dimensions to keep things interesting for adults, it’s even better with kids. As a child, I remember our family had a plate with the words “You’re the Best” inscribed in script along with a big red heart. We typically ate on white plates, but every so often, the “You’re the Best” plate would make an appearance at my or my sister’s place at the table. Sometimes it appeared if we were especially good, but other times it was for no specific reason at all. And let me tell you, if you ate on the “You’re the Best” plate it was basically THE BEST DAY EVER. (Genius, Mom; genius.)

As a new parent, I’m working to find devious ways to make things seem special once our toddler Larson gets old enough. (All you with children, please advise.) Case in point: these star toasties that top this vegan tomato soup recipe! My child self would have been in love with these little toasts — because even my adult self is! Something about floating stars in soup makes it much more intriguing to eat, no matter what your age. Once Larson is old enough (he’s almost there), I know these will be a big hit. 

How about you — what simple things do you do to keep life interesting and varied? Or for those of you with kiddos, what fun things have you added to make things feel special? 

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How to make this creamy tomato soup recipe

And while we’re hoping the star toasts go over well with the littles, there’s more to this vegan tomato soup recipe than just fancy toast. First of all, this creamy vegan tomato soup recipe is made silky smooth by blending in cashews instead of the typical cream. And though it’s simple to put together, it’s got a robust, bright flavor.

The main secret (besides cashews) is using fire-roasted tomatoes. Why? Fire roasted tomatoes have a sweeter, more developed flavor than other canned tomatoes, making them perfect for using in a quick vegan tomato soup recipe. We use Muir Glen’s fire-roasted brand and love the way they allow for a robust taste without simmering for hours. For this tomato soup recipe, we’d recommend finding fire-roasted for the best flavor.

Since it’s plant based, this vegan Italian recipe works for multiple diets. (In fact, it’s one of our best vegan recipes for kids!) But of course, don’t let that deter you if you’re not looking for a vegan recipe: it’s mainly just plain delicious! And blending in cashews adds some protein and creamy body (it’s similar to this cashew cream!).

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This vegan tomato soup recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free plant based, dairy free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

Related: Try using our Homemade Vegetable Broth for this recipe!

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Creamy Vegan Tomato Soup Recipe

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x


The secret to this creamy vegan tomato soup recipe is fire-roasted tomatoes and cashews. It’s fast and easy, and star toasts make it a hit with kids.




  1. Chop 1 onion. Mince 4 cloves garlic. Chop ½ cup basil leaves.
  2. In a medium pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; sauté 1 minute until fragrant. Add white wine vinegar and cook until evaporated.
  3. Add basil, cashews, canned tomatoes and their liquid, broth, kosher salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes. When done, use an immersion blender to puree the soup for several minutes until creamy and the cashews have fully incorporated (alternatively, puree in a blender).
  4. Meanwhile, toast the bread slices and use small, star-shaped cutters to cut out star shapes. Chop the chives.
  5. Serve soup warm with star toasts and chopped chives.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Mickey says:

    Love this soup recipes so much!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Truly one of my favorrite vegan soup recipes so far! Definitly a keeper. :)

  3. Michele says:

    This is crazy good!!! I only had regular tomatoes so I added in a little smoked paprika instead to give it the fire-flavor. Delicious.

  4. Lori Duncan says:

    I made this soup earlier today. It is very easy to make and tastes divine! Thank you for reminding me how much I love tomato soup.

    1. Sonja says:

      Oh we’re so glad to hear it! Nothing beats a good tomato soup. :)

  5. Sarah | Well and Full says:

    The child in me would love these star toasties…. and the adult in me too! :D

  6. Sukey says:

    I live in England and it is impossible to get fire roasted tomatoes here. Have you any suggestions about what to add for a similar flavour please? When my boys were young, the eldest really didn’t like sandwiches so I used to cut them out using biscuit cutters like tractors and ducks. Did the trick!

    1. Sonja says:

      Hi Sukey! So sorry for the delay in response! We had another question on this as well from a reader in the UK. I would say just try to find the highest quality tinned tomatoes that you can – you also may find you’ll have to cook the soup a bit longer to develop the flavor. Let me know if you try it out! And, I LOVE the idea of tractors and ducks, so cute! I will have to use that in the future :)

      1. Sukey says:

        Thank you Sonja, will give it a go and report back! Hopefully fire roasted tomatoes will become available soon :-)

  7. Kari says:

    I love tomato soup. That plus grilled cheese and a good book on a rainy day is one of my favorites!

  8. Allyson says:

    I live in a place where I can do most of my errands on foot. I try to vary the route I take to go to the bank, the grocery store, the library, etc. It’s so soothing to walk around an area of the city that I should know, but haven’t explored that particular pocket. I love it.

    I have no advice for children, but I bet they’d love these star toasts. And this soup, for that matter. It sounds delicious.

  9. Beth ~ Gneiss Spice says:

    Now that I have a wee one (and I refuse to cook 2 dinners), I’m always on the lookout for “toddler friendly” meals—and star toasts—amazing! Plus, this recipe is great because the cashews add protein and more importantly, everything is in my pantry!!! As for keeping life interesting, we do it with spices, of course… Tomato soup, my go to is curry if I want it a bit more exotic (Thai curry blend works well) or an herb/italian blend if I’m eating it with grilled cheese. Oh, and grilled cheese stars would be fun, too! (Kids love dipping anything and everything).

    1. Sonja says:

      Ooo I love the idea of adding curry to a tomato soup! We have a fantastic Thai curry paste that would be perfect. And grilled cheese stars would be even better :)

  10. Chris says:

    Any time they can eat with a toothpick, it’s a hit! All the fruit, all the veggies chopped up and served on a flat plate with toothpicks. Especially with a little cinnamon on the fruit! Makes healthy eating a fun treat at snack time.