This spicy tomato soup brings heat to a classic comfort food recipe! This flavorful recipe balances bright tomato flavors with a fiery twist.

Spicy Tomato Soup
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I love making my creamy tomato soup and my high-,protein tomato soup, but I wanted to create a version of tomato soup that was bold and spicy. There are a few ways to add heat to tomato soup, but I like using Calabrian chili peppers.

What Are Calabrian Peppers?

Calabrian peppers are a type of chili pepper originating from the Calabria region in Southern Italy. These small, red chilies have a spicy and slightly sweet flavor. They are available in various forms, including whole dried chilies, crushed flakes, and chili paste. For this tomato soup recipe, I used Calabrian chili paste. Italian cuisine often uses these chilies to add heat and flavor to dishes like pasta, pizza, and sauces. It’s perfect for this soup recipe!

Where Can I Buy Calabrian Chili Paste?

I’ve had luck at larger grocery stores like Publix, Fresh Market, Wegmans, and Whole Foods. But you can also order them online from Amazon if you can’t find them in a nearby store. I like the Divina brand, which you can get on Amazon.

Spicy Tomato Soup

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Olive oil – Olive oil is used for sautéing the ingredients and adds a rich flavor to the dish. Be sure to use a high quality olive oil.
  • Onion, Celery, & Carrots – The chopped vegetables add a sweet and savory base flavor to the soup and complement the heat from the Calabrian peppers.
  • Calabrian peppers– Calabrian pepper chili paste provides the heat and a distinctive, slightly fruity flavor. You can find this spicy paste at most major grocery stores, but you can also order it online. I like the Divina brand, which you can get on Amazon. You can substitute the peppers for 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes if you can’t find Calabrian peppers.
  • Tomato paste – Tomato paste contributes a concentrated tomato flavor and adds an umami flavor to the soup.
    Garlic– A little garlic helps build flavor in the soup. I used fresh garlic but you can use one teaspoon of garlic powder, if necessary.
  • Crushed tomatoes– I used peeled crushed tomatoes but diced tomatoes work fine, too.
  • Vegetable broth– Use a flavorful vegetable broth for this recipe. I like to use Edward & Son’s “Not Chicken” broth or Better than Boullion vegetable soup base.
  • Cream– I used cashew cream to balance the flavors and tame the heat just slightly. You can substitute the cashew cream for heavy cream or cream cheese.

How to Make Spicy Tomato Soup