Tomato Orange Soup

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

This Tomato Orange Soup is not only the richest, creamiest tomato soup you’ve ever tried, but a surprise splash of fresh squeezed orange juice gives it a bit of extra flavor and tang too.

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.
Tomato Orange Soup - Rich, tangy, silky, DELICIOUS! | platingsandpairings.com

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

I recently discovered my new favorite soup – In a quest to find something quick to grab for lunch, I stopped in at Elephant’s Deli in downtown Portland, and picked up a bowl of their Tomato Orange Soup. The entire walk back to the office, I was treated to the aroma of this amazing, warm bowl in my hands – The sweetness of fresh tomatoes, with a tinge of bright citrus. I couldn’t wait to dig into it!

That first spoonful was better than I had dreamed of. It was the creamiest, most silky, tomato soup I had ever had. And then the magic happened – That bit of orange hit the back of my tongue when I swallowed, leaving behind its flavor that wasn’t to be forgotten. And then I inhaled the entire bowl while I dreamed of recreating this recipe at home.

It actually wasn’t difficult to do at all since Elephant’s Deli was kind enough to post the recipe on their website. One ingredient that I found a bit odd in their recipe was the addition of baking soda… I started digging around on good old google and found some interesting information – baking soda can help counteract the acidity of tomatoes. Not only that, but it also lessens the risk of your cream curdling when you add it to the pot. #YouLearnSomethingNewEveryDay

I made their Tomato Orange Soup recipe a couple times, exactly as written, and then I decided to tweak it just a tiny bit to fit my personal taste preferences.

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

I started playing around with the tomato-to-orange ratio a bit. I didn’t want the orange to be too overpowering, but I definitely wanted to know it was there. I found the right balance with about 1 1/4 cups of orange juice. Word of warning, that’s a lot of oranges. I think it took me about 6 oranges to get all that juice. Note – You can also use fresh squeezed bottled orange juice in this recipe. Just be sure that it’s really good quality OJ.

I modified the original recipe further by lessening the amount of thyme. I found it to be just a bit overpowering, and cut the amount in half. I also left my soup a bit more chunky than the original version by using my Electrolux Immersion Blender and processing until it was just the right texture that I was looking for… To finish things off, I topped my bowls with a few sprigs of fresh basil. It gave a great aroma and looked pretty… If you don’t have fresh basil on hand, feel free to add in about 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil to your soup when you add the dried thyme.

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

I couldn’t have been happier with the way this soup turned out. I’ll be eating it in regular rotation this winter. So, I may even double the recipe and freeze it too…

I’d love to hear what your favorite soup recipe is. Leave a comment below to let me know!

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

Tomato Orange Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 373 kcal
This Tomato Orange Soup is the richest, creamiest tomato soup you've ever tried, with a splash of fresh orange juice for a bit of extra tang! Inspired by Elephant's Deli in Portland, Oregon.
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Ingredients

  • 2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add tomatoes and their juice, salt, pepper, baking soda and thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 15 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  2. Using an immersion blender, process until smooth. Alternatively, transfer contents to a blender and process until smooth.
  3. With soup over low heat, stir in orange juice and heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Notes

Although fresh squeezed orange juice is preferred in this recipe, a high-quality bottled orange juice will work as well.

Wine Pairings for Tomato Orange Soup:

  • A light-red wine works well with this creamy soup. Try a Grenache, Gamay or Barbera d’Alba.
  • For a white wine option, try a Viognier – Its viscosity and lush flavors stand up well to this rich soup.

Tomato Orange Soup is the creamiest tomato soup recipe you will find. Plus, it's got a great tang for the orange juice. It's the perfect winter soup for chilly days.

Note: This recipe was originally posted in January 2016. It was updated in September 2017 to revise the photographs and content. The recipe remains the same. Enjoy!

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22 comments

  1. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    Elephant’s makes the best soup!!! Great job hacking this!

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  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    The color on this soup is AMAZING!! Wow! I love Elephant’s Deli. As for the giveaway, I would spend $700 on some items for the kids, and some sorely needed new photography equipment. Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – The color was really quite vibrant, but it drove me a bit crazy editing the photos because it seemed to change color from different angles. Good luck!

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  3. Melinda

    This looks delicious! I never thought of putting orange and tomato together. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Erin

      Such a wonderful combination!

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  4. Kelley

    I LOVE tomato soup, but never think to make it myself. Saving this recipe!

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    1. Erin

      It’s very surprising how easy it is to do at home. Enjoy Kelley!

      Reply

  5. Courtney

    This sounds amazing and inspires me to get a blender. We have a nutri bullet, but it’s a bit small for blending soups…and I love these creamy kinds. Thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Susan | LunaCafe

    Wow. this soup looks amazing. And those flavors!

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  7. Dee Dee (My Midlife Kitchen)

    This soup looks absolutely incredible! I never would have thought to put tomato & orange together, but now it seems like a natural pairing! As for the Amazon card, I’d likely buy a lot of kitchen stuff, and a few books. :o) Or maybe I’d splurge on something else fun…hmmmm. :o)

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  8. heather @french press

    I don;t think I would have ever though to add orange to my tomato soup, but you make it look and sound so delicious, I may just have t try it! and I most certainly would have to buy kitchen gadget from Amazon

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  9. Rachel

    I just had this soup at the airport last week from Elephants and came home to my fiance saying, I really need to figure out this recipe! I am so glad you did! I would love some new cookbooks and more kitchen gadgets!

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  10. Geoff (Steep Stories)

    Tomato soup is one of my favorite back-ups Never thought about citrizing it until now.

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  11. Lynn

    This was so good! I cut the recipe in half since it was just me, and used almond milk instead of cream to make it vegan. I’m sure the cream would be heavenly, but it was amazing this way! I would have never thought of adding the two flavors together. Thanks!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so glad that a vegan version worked well for you Lynn!

      Reply

  12. Nelson Cardoso

    I will have to try this very soon! The colour looks amazing.

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Nelson – It’s a really fantastic flavor combination!

      Reply

  13. Amanda

    Thanks for this recipe– I made it tonight and it was delicious and surprising with that touch of orange! I did use only half the cream because it seemed rich enough to me, and I added in some seasoned quinoa at the end for an extra protein boost. Thanks for posting it!

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    1. Erin

      I’m so glad you loved it Amanda! It’s definitely a rich soup. I love that you added quinoa for some extra nutrition!

      Reply

  14. Albert Bevia

    I was sold on this recipe just by the image, but as I read on I was even more hooked, this looks so tasty, Love that tip on using baking soda. Will be making this soup this weekend 🙂

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    1. Erin

      It’s one of my favorite soup recipes – I hope you enjoy Albert!

      Reply

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