Substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup

How to Make a Substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup - This quick and easy Substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup can be used to replace tomato soup in recipes.

Are you ever disappointed with a product after you read the ingredient list? Yeah, me too! Even when I am lucky enough to find a product without wheat, I am often dismayed by some of the other ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or modified food starch. Fortunately, I have found that creating substitutions from scratch allows me to have complete control over the ingredients, costs quite a bit less, and does not take that much time to do.

This Substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup can be used to replace condensed tomato soup in recipes. This quick and easy condensed tomato soup recipe uses common pantry ingredients.

When we went gluten-free, I realized we could no longer use canned condensed tomato soup, or most other canned tomato soups because they use flour to thicken the soup.

How to Make a Substitute for Condensed Tomato Soup

This quick and easy condensed tomato soup recipe uses common pantry ingredients.

I have created a tomato soup substitution recipe that makes the equivalent of one can of condensed tomato soup. You can use it if you are gluten-free or if you are avoiding some of the other ingredients in canned tomato soup. I use organic tomato sauce and non-gmo cornstarch.

Condensed Tomato Soup Substitute
Recipe type: Soup
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.
  2. Use a whisk to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
If you are using a recipe that calls for condensed tomato soup, use this substitute as the recipe directs. You can also add 1 cup of liquid (milk, water, or a combination) to make soup, though if I were doing that I would add some seasonings to spice it up a bit!


You can also use this recipe in Tomato Soup Cake, which is surprisingly delicious and tastes like a spice cake.

Do you have foods that you have to avoid for health reasons? Do you avoid some just based on principle? Have you found healthier substitutions for convenience foods so that you can avoid these items?

More Tomato Recipes and Substitutions:

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Tomato and Herb Soup

Alea’s Pizza Soup Recipe



  1. Lost in Translation says

    Great post. I have never seen condensed soups here in Germany and it is a real bummer when trying to cook american recipes. I will be sure to try this. Now off time find the name for cornstarch in German :)

  2. Beth says

    I pretty much avoid anything that I can make from scratch at home. My daughter has lots of tummy issues and does not respond well to anything that is prepackaged…even if the ingredients listed are "safe" for her to eat. Makes you wonder what's in that stuff. :) Thanks for this recipe! I'll have to try it soon!

  3. Melissa says

    I agree. I like the canned tomato soup, but shouldn't have all the salt that it contains. This sounds like a good substitution, even if I need to adjust the seasoning. Thanks!

  4. serendipitously.create says

    You saved dinner! I had no tomato soup, but TONS of tomato sauce. Thanks a million!!

  5. Anonymous says

    I am always dismayed when buying tomato soup because of the high fructose corn syrup… But it is something my daughter likes to eat on occasion. I am extremely pleased to see this recipe. I will try it and hope she likes it better.
    Thanks so much!

  6. Jenn says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I googled a substitute today after realizing mid-supper prep that I didn’t have any condensed tomato soup. This was super easy and I think I may never buy tomato soup again!

  7. michelle lubbers says

    “Are you ever disappointed with a product after you read the ingredient list?” Yeah, Me TOO!

    Thanks for sharing!! I try to avoid if at all possible all the extra ingredients condensed soups contain.. I don’t mind the extra work when I know I am making a much better choice for my family.

  8. Carol says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I was sick when I needed this for a recipe I was making and couldn’t get out of the house, to get the soup.

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  10. Sherri says

    Thank you for helping me better my families health! This substitue worked like a charm for a recipe I’ve made for years using condensed tomato soup. So happy I never have to go back to that with all the salt and high fructose corn syrup.

  11. Zoe says

    I am very grateful to this post. I have found a really good tomato tortellini soup that calls for condensed tomato soup. I decided to look for a substitute because condensed tomato soup really isn’t that healthy, and its made with wheat flour! At least tortellini with rice flour I can hand make. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  12. Erin says

    I am so excited to try this!! I made the switch to homemade “cream of” soups, but couldn’t find a good substitute for the canned condensed tomato soup… thank you!!

  13. Leann says

    Just tried this tonight in my beef & broccoli recipe & it was fantastic! 5 stars! Excellent taste, super easy to make & I was able to make it completely organic. I have been looking for an organic alternative to cream of tomato soup & I’m so glad that I can across your post. Thank you so much!!!

  14. Pam C says

    You saved my dinner tonight too! I had one can of tomato sauce and made this. It was excellent. I may quit stocking up tomato soup and use this exclusively. I may can my own tomato sauce too. Thanks!

  15. Angie says

    Thanks so much for this recipe. I am also living in Germany where condensed soups are almost impossible to find, and when you do find them they are very expensive. Additionally, I love this because I can adjust quantities if I am cutting a recipe in 1/2, so I don’t have 1/2 a can of leftover soup to use!

  16. Beth A says

    Saved the beef stew tonight! So glad to have found your site, thank you very much.
    I’m using this from now on instead of the canned condensed tomato soup, in several recipes.

  17. April says

    Great recipe. I always use a can to make meatloaf (1/2 the can in the meat, 1/2 on top!) and this came a solution for me when I was already half way through making my loaf and found out I had no tomato soup! I might never go back!

  18. Bren says

    I have celiac disease and am unable to eat Tomato soup, so I tried this as a substitute in a recipe and it was delicious!!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Will be using this regularly now!!

  19. Martha says

    Ever tried making this in big batches and either canning it or freezing it (wonder how it would hold up in the freezer)

  20. Cherene says

    Thank you so much for sharing this simple recipe. It is exactly what I was looking for. I have Crohns Disease and found going gluten free has made a world of difference. I have become a serious label reader but, for some reason I never read the Campbell’s Tomato soup label until tonight. Wheat flour? Really? I made your soup tonight instead and it was perfect. Thanks again :-)

  21. Jen Emerson says

    What a godsend in finding this recipe. I was out of tomato soup and had tomato sauce on hand. Needed it for recipe and was not going out in the snow for it.Thank you so much for posting this.

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