This 30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup recipe is an irresistible and cozy vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free meal!
Tomato Quinoa Soup
You are going to love this cozy Tomato Quinoa Soup.
With cooler weather on the horizon, we're approaching full-on soup season in my house. I'm a big fan of making easy and delicious homemade soup this time of year... it's generally healthy, satisfying, and way better than something from a can or box. I love soup for a weekday meal because it makes leftovers that reheat well, is packed with healthy clean food, and is usually really easy to make. This 30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup is no exception.
Sure, you can bust out a can of soup... but would it look and taste like this? Not to mention you can control the ingredients that way and make sure you are getting more nutrients in your food!
Why you'll love my Tomato Quinoa Soup recipe...
Tomato soup alone is pretty fabulous in my opinion. But the quinoa in this is an easy addition that really makes this soup alone a balanced meal... in fact, quinoa soup is pretty genius! You get added protein and nutrients plus it makes it more filling. I cook and store the quinoa separately from the soup so you can put a nice hearty dollop in the middle. I find it much more satisfying this way.
Even with this being homemade there are only ten ingredients in this Tomato Quinoa Soup, so it can be on your table in a snap. If you are trying to get more veggies in you could add some hidden carrots even stir in some fresh kale at the end, but I love the traditional flavors here.
- Butter or Vegan Butter: You can use regular butter or make this vegan or dairy-free by using vegan butter.
In a large stockpot or dutch oven, heat butter in oil over medium heat until butter melts.
Add the shallots to the pan and saute for 2-3 minutes, until the shallot is soft. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Add the garlic and stir until just fragrant. About 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
Add the tomatoes, broth, and Italian seasoning to the pan. Turn heat to high and allow to almost boil.
Return heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
With an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. You can also work in batches using a regular blender.
Spoon into bowls and serve with a spoonful of quinoa in the soup and a pumpkin seed garnish. If you are not vegan you can also add some feta or goat cheese.
Tips to Make the Tomato Quinoa Soup:
- The Tomato Quinoa Soup simmers for about 15 minutes, but if you have more time, let it simmer on the stove for even more flavor.
- To get the smooth tomato flavor use an immersion blender. I actually use an immersion blender all the time to make quick soups! I have this one that is less than twenty bucks.
- Using this kitchen tool is so much easier than transferring the hot soup into a blender. You can drop this tool right into the soup! It's one of my favorite kitchen gadgets.
- I topped the Tomato Quinoa Soup with pepitas or pumpkin seeds in the photo, which is great if you are vegan. If you aren't a nice sprinkle of parmesan cheese, goat cheese or feta cheese would also taste pretty darn fabulous! You could also use nutritional yeast to keep it vegan but add that flavor.
- To make it spicy add a pinch or two of red pepper flakes.
This Tomato Quinoa Soup is the Perfect Meal!
I hope you enjoy this easy Tomato Quinoa Soup this fall and for years to come! It's one recipe that is a regular rotation at my house because of how delicious it is and how easy it is to make.
How do I store leftovers?
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes! As with a lot of soups, it actually reheats very well! This Tomato Quinoa Soup is great for a make ahead meal or meal prep.
Can I freeze this quinoa soup?
YES! Freeze this soup in an airtight freezer container for up to three months.
Serve it With:
Also, try these cozy soups...
- Crock Pot Tomato Basil Soup <--- featured on Huffington Post!
- Crock Pot Vegetarian Baked Potato Soup
- 30 Minute Tortellini Kale Soup
- 10 Cozy Vegetarian Crock Pot Soups
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30 Minute Tomato Quinoa Soup
- 2 cups cooked quinoa, cooked according to package instructions, add a pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, or vegan butter alternative
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium shallots, chopped
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste), divided
- ½ teaspoon pepper (or to taste), divided
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- Heat butter in oil over medium heat until butter melts.
- Add the shallots to the pan and saute 2-3 minutes, until the shallot is soft. Add a pinch of the salt and pepper.
- Add the garlic and stir until just fragrant. About 30 seconds. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
- Add the tomatoes, broth and Italian seasoning to the pan. Turn heat to high and allow to almost boil.
- Return heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- With an immersion blender, puree soup until smooth. You can also work in batches using a regular blender.
- Serve with a spoonful of quinoa in the soup and a pumpkin seed garnish! If you are not vegan you can also add some parmesan cheese.
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What a great recipe to try! I love a good tomato soup recipe and I'm dying to try the added quinoa! Genius!
Geetha Priyanka says
Yum Yum!!! I love tomato soup, started to include quinoa in my diet. Combo of tomato and quinoa sounds absolutely delicious and irrestible. I am saving this recipe to try next week.
Love tomato soup and the addition of quinoa is a fantastic idea!
I love homemade tomato soup and quinoa is a great way to make a bit more of a meal of it.
A truly wonderful recipe. I have to say I love the combination of quinoa and tomato soup and the addition of pumpkin seeds makes it even more nutritious and gorgeous. Lovely, lovely recipe. Thank you for sharing. 👌
I agree - tomato soup alone is a super dish already but your soup looks incredible! I love dishes that are rich in nutrients so this is a great addition to my soup collection! Thank you 🙂
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
I got an immersion blender for my birthday but it's a little hard to use in soups in the middle of July lol. Now that the temps are going to be cooling off, I can't wait until I can break it out!
Lisa Ballantyne says
Would you believe I've never tried quinoa? I had never even "heard" of it until it was mentioned in a post on Facebook at one point! I know--what rock have I been hiding under, LOL?!? But there's a first time for everything, right? And this soup looks beyond delicious! Tomato is one of my favorite soups too; always has been so that's a plus!
Have a great Hump Day, Julie! Take care of yourself and those precious babies you're soon to finally meet! You are in my prayers!
I like this food! A hot soup for brwakfast after running back is great.
What a fun twist on tomato soup! Can't wait to give it a try! 🙂
Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! Great to see you today!
Susanna @Zealous Mom says
This looks amazingly delicious! I have pinned and plan to make sooner than later.
Thanks Susanna! I hope you love it as much as I do!
Yum, another great recipe to share today! Love tomato soup and I've recently discovered my love for the immersion blender. Thanks again for linking up with Annmarie and me for Meatless Mondays!
Thanks Rachel! The immersion blender is one of my favorite tools!
Mary Ellen @ VNutrition says
Ooh! This looks tasty! I love anything quinoa so I'm going to have to try this soon. The weather here just got much cooler so this is on my to-make this for the week.
I hope you enjoy it! It is really tasty!
Faith VanderMolen says
Oh yum! This look so hearty and flavorful! Perfect for fall:)
Thanks Faith! It's so good and so quick to throw together!
OMG. This looks so good! It's never occurred to me to put quinoa in tomato soup
It's so good and makes it a complete meal!
I'm not the biggest soup fan, but I think this recipe alone may have converted me! It looks delicious. I love the ingredient list as well. I wonder if Joshua would be into it since it does contain quinoa.. which he somehow hates. Silly man!
Thanks Jesse! My hubby has quinoa issues too. He'll eat it, but gets a little grumpy about it.
Jess @hellotofit says
Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday! I love using the immersion blender for soups 🙂 it completely heightens the texture!
I agree! It's such a great kitchen tool!
I love my imersion blender too. That and my bagel guillotine- use them fairly often.
My parents had one of those-- I forgot how useful that is!
Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes says
This looks so good!! I don't have an immersion blender but I could probably use my vitamix!! Definitely trying as soon as it gets a little cooler!!
That would totally work too!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Yesss this is so simple!! I love tomato soup this time of year! Perfect for chilly nights!
Thanks Sam! Simple flavors are the best sometimes!
This sounds so yummy! I have never thought to add quinoa to soup before.
Thanks Lauren! Great nutrient boost!
Runaway Bridal Planner says
This looks amazing! I know if I make it, mine won't look quite as pretty:)
Homemade soups are the best! My favorite homemade soup is a toss up, I really love this mexican soup our family makes, and the other one is a chicken cream, (I know you probably cringe to it, being Vegan) but I like it, I just don't eat it often because it's not very healthy it has a lot of cream cheese in it:(
Thanks for sharing, I'll have to hang onto this one!
I'm actually a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats seafood) with a serious cheese addiction 🙂 So other than the chicken, that sounds tasty! Have a great weekend!
I make a Olive Garden copycat tuscana soup, it is better than their's. I love my Kitchenaid Mixer. I have had it forever. I love soups they are such a great dinner and bonus: usually there are leftovers..thanks for the recipe.
Oh yum!! I bet that's amazing. I love the leftovers too.
I love soups, especially in the fall and winter months! I've actually never made a tomato soup before. Can you believe it? And I don't have an immersion blender. Both of those things need to change ASAP!
It's sooooo easy and tastes way better than the can! You can put it in a big blender, but it's a pain!
Susie @ SuzLyfe says
I must admit, I've got a hand blender and it has not been that good to me. Though it is super cute! I think maybe I just need more time with it!
Haha! What happened????? Did you lift it out of the soup?
Sarah @ Sweet Miles says
Holy moly this soup looks delish!!! I LOVE a good tomato soup in the fall and this one looks like it would tasty might fine alongside my favorite grilled cheese!
Mmmm.... You can't go wrong with that combo!
So yummy. I love the idea of adding quinoa for more staying power. I love carrot ginger soup, but pair some tomato soup with a grilled cheese and you have my favorite childhood meal! 🙂
Carrot ginger sounds amazing! I need to make that one next! Tomato soup and grilled cheese is still a legit dinner in our house 🙂
Andrea B. says
This looks really good.
I can't have quinoa right now (Whole30) but when I can maybe I'll give it a try.
Also sharing w. my brother, the quinoa expert! And pinning to my quinoa board. That word starts to look funny if you type it enough. 😉
It does! My spell check never gets it!
I'm all about the delicious soups in the fall and winter! <3 This looks awesome, and yay for quinoa! :D!!
This is totally random, butttt are you by chance free on November 7th or 8th-ish? I'm going to be in NC for interviews on the 6th and 9th, and thought it'd be fun to check out some of Asheville over the weekend! 😛
Thanks!! I'm not 100% sure-- there is a possible trip that weekend but send me an e-mail closer to time and hopefully we can meet up!
Will do! <3
Omg this looks delicious and so festive for fall! I just got my hubby into quinoa -- he had never really tried it before. Finding interesting ways to incorporate it into meals is a mission I'm on right now. Plus, tomato soup is so comforting and wonderful. Beautiful pictures! 🙂
Thanks Erin! My hubby tolerates it. It was much easier at the beginning of the Sam's size bag I bought 🙂
Pragati // Simple Medicine says
This sounds amazing! I love tomato soup and soup in general. It's so filling! As soon as it cools off in Florida I'll be making this. Hopefully sooner rather than later...
The quinoa makes it a balanced meal too!
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
Tomato soup is my all time fave! Bring on soup season
Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner says
Thanks again for linking up!
Thanks for hosting 🙂
Blane Sherer says
I agree soups are great especially when they are homemade.
They reheat well and you can change up what you eat with the soup.