Creamy Tomato Fennel Soup with Smoked Gouda Toasts is so much more than your average tomato soup! Made with sweet anise-like fennel, smoked paprika, and coconut milk, this Creamy Fennel Tomato Soup is silky and incredibly flavorful! Serve it up with a side of Smoked Gouda Toasts and fresh basil!
I think this Creamy Tomato Fennel Soup is the best thing to grace my kitchen since this Coconut Raspberry Layer Cake.
Yes, it’s May. And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m eating soup anyway. And we already welcomed spring with a Spring Pea Pesto Minestrone Soup!
This soup is not your typical hearty winter stew-type meal. It’s complex and rich, yet light at the same time. And insanely creamy thanks to coconut milk!
Really, tomato soup is good anytime of the year. It’s a comfort classic that just can’t be beat, no matter what the weather is doing! It’s warming up here in Michigan, but I’m still making tomato soup!
Every once in a while, I’ll get a craving for something I haven’t had in ages. Like Dad’s famous chocolate chip cookies (because I only get them when I travel back home!) or Chicken a la King! Speaking of the latter, anyone else eat those Stouffer’s frozen dinners as a kid? I was obsessed with their Chicken a la King and Turkey Tetrazzini. I would literally buy out the freezer section when I saw those! It was typical for me to have Chicken a la King for lunch and again for dinner in the same day. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
Anyway, tomato soup is one of those meals that just never gets old no matter how many times you’ve had it. But forget the Campbell’s stuff. I was never a fan of their tomato soup. It was way too runny and thin. Great for dunking grilled cheese, but that was about it.
In college, I’d opt for tomato soup & grilled cheese every time the dorm cafeteria served it. With goldfish crackers on top because helloooooo!
The truth about tomato soup is that the store-bought versions really aren’t that great for your body either. Many canned soups contain added sugars and preservatives I can’t even pretend to pronounce correctly. And none of them contain fennel. Nor do they come with Smoked Gouda Toast on the side!
Tomato soup is super easy to make at home! All you need are some fresh veggies, canned tomatoes, coconut milk, seasoning, and a high-powered blender.
There are so many flavors going on in this soup, but trust me, it’s stellar! We’ve got…
- Anise-like fennel
- Rustic, earthy tomatoes
- Smoked paprika
- Fresh basil
- And Smoked Gouda on our toast!
I love the addition of fennel to this classic tomato soup. Fennel has just a slight licorice or anise flavor, but definitely don’t skip it! It pairs so well with rustic tomatoes. This soup also has just a dash of smoked paprika to give it some depth and an ever-so-subtle smoky flavor.
Once the soup is pureed, let it simmer on the stove for another 10 minutes, being cautious of tomato splatters. This will give you time to get the Smoked Gouda Toasts going!
Most grocery stores should carry smoked Gouda, and I promise it’s worth the small price tag! I know Trader Joe’s sells it for a very reasonable price (SO many things are cheaper there!). Gouda is traditionally a Dutch cheese, but some of the best smoked Gouda is made right here in the Mitten! Smoked Gouda has a subtle hickory-smoked flavor a smooth, buttery taste. Broiled on top of toast? We have a perfect match for our Creamy Tomato Fennel Soup.
Feel free to use whatever bread you have on hand. I used a small baguette because I wanted cute toasts, but certainly multigrain or 100% whole wheat is preferred (nutritionally speaking. If needed, use gluten free bread). You can even cut them up after baking and make little Smoked Gouda croutons for your soup!
Or. I wouldn’t be mad if you wanted to pile your Gouda between a couple slices of bread and make a grilled cheese. Maybe with a little pesto and arugula? Totally sold.
The other flavor that pairs well with this Creamy Tomato Fennel Soup is basil. Just a tiny bit of freshly chopped basil on top goes a long way.
I can’t wait for you to try this Creamy Tomato Fennel Soup with Smoked Gouda Toasts! Tag me on Instagram (@well_fedsoul) if you make it!
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Light, fresh and creamy, this Tomato Fennel Soup is rich in flavor and perfect anytime of year! Serve it with Smoked Gouda Toasts fresh out of the oven!
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 bulbs fennel, white parts only, diced
- 2 large carrots, diced
- 1 large sweet onion, diced
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 (28-oz.) cans whole tomatoes (and their juices)
- 1 c. vegetable broth
- 1 c. coconut milk, plus extra for drizzling
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 large loaf French bread or multigrain bread, sliced on the bias
- 6 oz. smoked gouda cheese, thinly sliced
Heat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, butter, fennel, carrots, and onion. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Reduce the heat if the vegetables are starting to brown too quickly.
When the vegetables are tender, add the garlic and tomato paste. Stir constantly, until the tomato paste caramelizes and is fragrant, 1 minute. Pour in the tomatoes and their juices, along with the vegetable broth. Use a spatula to break down the tomatoes. Season with smoked paprika, salt, and pepper; bring to a slow boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer the soup for 20 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
Remove the soup from the heat, and, using an immersion blender, puree the soup until creamy. Alternatively, you can blend the soup in a blender by working in batches then returning to the soup pot. Lastly, stir in the coconut milk. Allow the soup to simmer over low heat for an additional 10 minutes, uncovered, while you make the toasts.
Preheat the oven to 375 F and place sliced bread onto a baking tray. Place thin slices of cheese on top and bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Then, turn on the broiler and broil the toasts for 30 seconds to 1 minute, but keep a close eye on it!
Serve the soup garnished with fresh basil, a drizzle of coconut milk, and with a side of Gouda toast!
Nutrition Information per 6 Servings (with Gouda Toast):
Calories: 425 Protein: 15g Carbs: 50g Fat: 19g Fiber: 9g