Dairy Farmers of Canada

Creamy Tomato Rice Soup

Our dietitians' favourite

This recipe is taken from the 2013 Milk Calendar. Tomatoes canned at the height of harvest bring that just-picked flavour to your pantry all year long. Keep them on hand to make this tasty homemade soup, ready in less than half an hour – a simple supper on busy weeknights.

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cooking: 25 min
Yields 4 servings
creamy tomato rice soup
Isn’t it nice to enjoy hot and delicious homemade soup on a weeknight? Try this cream of tomato and rice recipe taken from the 2013 Milk Calendar. Creamy, flavourful and comforting, the whole family will love it.


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) dried basil oregano or Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup (250 mL) reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 1 cup (250 mL) cooked brown rice or mixed grains
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) granulated sugar (optional)
  • Chopped fresh chives
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In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, basil, and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each, salt and pepper; cook, stirring often, for 5 min or until tender. Add tomatoes and broth; cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently, covered, for 10 min or until tomatoes are very soft. Remove from heat.

Using an immersion blender in pot or transferring soup in batches to an upright blender, purée soup until smooth. Return to pot, if necessary. Whisk flour into milk; gradually pour into pot while whisking constantly. Stir in rice; cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about 5 min or until slightly thickened and steaming. Season to taste with sugar (if desired), pepper and up to 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt.

Ladle soup into warm bowls and sprinkle with chives and black pepper if desired.


Use fun shapes of cookie cutters to cut croutons from whole grain bread. Toast the croutons, then sprinkle with shredded Canadian Mozzarella cheese and broil to serve with the soup for dunking or to float on top.

For a Curried Tomato Soup, omit the basil, add 2 tbsp (30 mL) minced gingerroot and 1 tbsp (15 mL) Indian yellow curry paste or powder with the garlic. Replace the chives with cilantro.

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 201 Calories
Protein: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 32 g
Fat: 5 g
Fibre: 3.5 g
Sodium: 388 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 22 % / 237 mg
Magnesium: 25 %
Vitamin B12: 32 %
Vitamin C: 34 %
Vitamin D: 30 %