No-tomato Tomato Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, tomato-free)

No-Tomato Tomato Soup (low-amine, tomato-free, gluten-free, soy-free, nightshade-free) (photo)

No-Tomato Tomato Soup (low-amine, tomato-free, gluten-free, soy-free)

I miss tomato soup like crazy. Like nothing I’ve ever missed before. Living with no tomatoes is like living without air, or sex, or chocolate. Oh, wait, I have to live without chocolate, too. Well… Scratch that last one. But a tomato-free existence is not one I care for very much. So I’ve been on a mission to recreate tomato soup. Tomato soup with no tomato in it.

Tomato-free tomato soup? Is that possible? I’ve already pulled off a no-tomato ketchup, and a tomato-free BBQ sauce. Perhaps tomato-free tomato soup is possible, too…

After about 3 hours in the kitchen working on alterations, this is as close as I have come so far. I’m sure there is more I can do with it, but my taste buds aren’t tasting anymore. Rather than make you wait another few months for the recipe, I’m going to go ahead and post it. It’s close enough to be a satisfying substitute, though it’s not as close as I would like to have it to be 100% happy with it. If you have suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

1 C cranberries

1 2/3 C carrots (about 3 carrots)

1 large pear

30 leaves basil, fresh (about 1/3 C loosely packed, sliced finely)

1 Tbsp onion

4 ribs celery

2 C chicken stock (vegetable stock, if vegan/vegetarian)

1 small clove garlic

3 Tbsp sugar

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/8 tsp clove, ground

1 tsp ascorbic acid

1 large bay leaf

2 C water

Juice of 1/2 lime

  • Pull tough fibers on the outside of celery ribs off and discard. Chop celery.
  • Chop carrots.
  • Cut up pear and discard core.
  • Simmer all ingredients (except for basil, water and lime juice) in a large pot for 25 minutes, covered.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Puree (in sections, if necessary) in a food processor until very smooth.
  • Add 2 C water, lime juice, and the majority of your thinly sliced basil to the pureed batch and mix together well.
  • Serve hot and garnish with a pinch of basil on top, and a grind of freshly ground black pepper.


Very Low Amine: carrot, pear, basil, onion, celery, garlic, salt, black pepper, ascorbic acid, bay leaf, water

Low Amine: chicken stock, sugar

High Amine: cranberry, clove, lime

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  1. I almost came to tears after reading the first three lines. :D So the substitute for tomatoes are the cranberries, carrots, and pear?

    • Ha! Glad my misery/joy brings you misery/joy. <3

      Yep, tomato, carrot, pear, and celery are the base of this substitution. If you get the gumption to make this, I would LOVE your feedback on what else I could do.

      • I really dig your skill and efforts in finding alternative ingredients for people with allergies.

        • Thank you, Korb. I’m trying! Partially for me, and partially for the rest of the people out there stuck in my boat… Dinghy… Milk carton raft… I do believe this craft is taking on water, sir.

          Either way, thank you. Nice to be appreciated. <3

  2. […] No-tomato Tomato Soup (gluten-free, soy-free, low-amine, tomato-free) ( […]

  3. Thank you! I have serious tomato allergy and miss tomato soup.

    • It’s not a perfect recipe… but it’s better than no tomato soup whatsoever… If you make tweaks that improve it, let me know and I will edit the post. :)

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