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Creamy Tomato Alphabet Soup Will Delight Your Friends and Family This Winter


This delicious and comforting, creamy tomato soup relies on pantry staples, such as canned whole tomatoes, garlic, onion, and extra-virgin olive oil. Freshly made brown butter crostini add a nice crunch and some richness. Best of all, you can enjoy a bowl of this soup in just 30 minutes and delight people with the alphabet pasta message!


Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1 small onion, very thinly sliced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped
  • 5 cups canned peeled whole tomatoes in their juice (from three 14-ounce cans) 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper 
  • Three 3/4-inch-thick slices of baguette 
  • Alphabet pasta optional. Follow directions on package


  • Step 1

In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the diced onion and chopped garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, approximately 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their juice, the water, heavy cream, sugar, crushed red pepper, celery seed and oregano and season with salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil over high heat, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. 

  • Step 2

Meanwhile, in a small pan, cook the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter over moderately high heat until it begins to brown, about 1 minute. Scrape the browned butter into a medium bowl. Add the olive oil to the pan. Add the the sliced baguette and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until it is slightly browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer the bread to the browned butter and flip twice. 

  • Step 3

Transfer the tomato soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the soup to a clean pot and rewarm the to you desired temperature. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with the baguette crostini.

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