Tomato and Rice Soup

I’ve been on a bit of a soup kick recently. Alex is going to get sick of soup if I’m not careful. But then again, who can pass up a bowl of soup on a cold, rainy day? The weather in Richmond has been nothing short of awful. It’s been cold, but not quite cold enough to turn the rain into snow. Just sleet and yuckiness. Naturally, this calls for soup.

I’ve made lots of variations of tomato soup over the past year or two, so this one is my latest creation. It’s still quite simple, but the addition of brown rice takes it from a side dish to a main dish. This is also a very economical soup, as all of the ingredients are quite inexpensive. If you’re making a large batch for a group, and you’re on a budget, try this one out.

 tomato and rice soup

Tomato and Rice Soup
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Vegan & gluten free
Serves: 2
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 2 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (I used Minute rice)
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add in the diced onion and cook over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, and vegetable broth.
  4. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the cooked brown rice, and spices.
  6. Cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot.
  7. If you're lazy, like me, Minute rice made in the microwave will do just fine. Feel free to get fancy and make it on the stove if you prefer.

This soup is super filling (thanks to the fiber in the brown rice) and packed with healthy ingredients. It sticks to your ribs a little more than a standard tomato soup, but it doesn’t require any crazy ingredients. Yep, I’ll be making this one again, soon.

You can also make this more of a Mexican style soup by adding black beans and pinto beans!


I love chunky soups more than the smooth pureed kind, which is why I left this one chunky. You could certainly puree it just before adding the rice, if smooth soups are more your style. For more soup options, check these out:

Do like chunky soups or pureed soups?


  1. YUm!!! This looks so comforting and good right now!

  2. Totally depends on the soup! But I love the tomato and rice combo. I used to always add rice to my tomato soup when I was younger…and a whole lot of cheese!

  3. This looks so good. I’m all for chunk vs. puree. I can’t imagine Alex getting sick of soup if you’re serving recipes like this =)

  4. I love tomato soup. I brought some Thai Coconut Tomato soup to work today. It’s a boxed variety, so I’m going to check out your recipe!

  5. um.. yum! the high in minneapolis is -1 today, so soup is a making a daily rotation in our kitchen this week. definitely checking out some of your other soup recipes too 🙂

  6. I like chunky and pureed. I don’t discriminate when it comes to soup, ha! Soup is a daily thing since the weather outside is soooo cold.

  7. Yes, I also like this soup, but i put there a little bit sugar…

  8. Ooh I happen to have all of these ingredients in my house! I love all kinds of soup, but I like the broth-based soups the best. Husband likes chunky though!

  9. This sounds delicious!! One of my favorite meals on a cold snowy (or in Virginia’s case, freezing rainy) day is tomato soup and grilled cheese. I love the addition of the rice though, definitely much more hearty! I may have to make this one when the hubby is out of town or something, because he is super anti-tomato (which makes tomato soup kind of a no-go)!

  10. This looks good! I’ve been making the tomatoe soup you posted from Peas and Carrots several weeks ago and it’s SO good. I’ve made it no less than 3 times in the past month. It actually comes out a little chunky because I only have a blender, but I like it that way because it’s like I am eating something vs. drinking something.

  11. I love how economical this is, and so warming and filling too!

  12. This recipe made me so happy. I am not a fan of puréed tomato soups (I have no clue why – I love tomatoes.. all things tomato) but I just can’t do that consistency. This would solve everything! And it definitely looks like an inexpensive recipe. Bookmarking this one!

  13. I’m all about soups in the winter (I’ll take a cold soup in the summer too!) I love how simple this recipe is. I’m trying to think if I have the ingredients to make it when I get home! I may have to stop for a can of tomato paste but I think I have everything else! 🙂 Also, I usually prefer chunky soup! I had a sweet potato and black bean soup last night that was EXCELLENT!

  14. All I seriously want to eat right now is soup. Thank you for yet another amazing recipe for me to try at some point.

  15. I’m all for economical right now with the overwhelming cost of a wedding. That, and I’m craving soup so this recipe looks perfect! I like both chunky and pureed soup. Pretty much anything meatless and I’m good! 😉

  16. I like chunky soups too! I love the simple ingredient list in this recipe it looks great thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Yum, perfect for these negative temps in Minnesota!

  18. Your soup totally reminds me of Spaghetti Os! Remember THOSE AMAZING tiny pasta donuts in thick sweet tomato sauce?!?!?!

    I love me some CHUNKY SOUPS! I like chewing!!

  19. That looks delicious!

  20. im always up for a bowl of soup. I like adding grains to make it bulky and sometimes sneak in frozen veggies 🙂

  21. Tomato soup is by far my favorite kind of soup! I love that you added rice to this, very creative! Adding this to my list of recipes to try

  22. I don’t think I’ve ever tried a tomato soup before! I love how yours uses such healthful ingredients! Yeah for whole foods! <3

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  24. I never thought of combining rice and tomato in a soup. Great idea Liz! I might give it a try next week – this week’s shopping’s all done already.


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