Nordstrom Tomato Soup | Source: Freepik
Nordstrom Tomato Soup | Source: Freepik

Nordstrom Tomato Soup Recipe Revealed — Straight from the Iconic Store That Made It a Classic

Naomi Wanjala
Feb 03, 2024
07:30 A.M.
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If you haven't tried Nordstrom's Tomato Soup, consider it a must-add to your culinary bucket list. This renowned recipe, born in the late '90s, has become a beloved classic. Join us as we unveil the detailed Nordstrom Tomato Soup recipe straight from Nordstrom's Chef Keith, ensuring you recreate this legendary dish at home.

Before we get into the step-by-step guide, let's delve into the backstory of this tantalizing recipe. Conceived in 1998 by chef Tony Colabelli during the grand opening of Nordstrom's Oak Park Mall in Overland, Kansas, the Nordstrom Tomato Soup has become a symbol of culinary excellence.

Today, this soup remains a timeless classic. If you've ever wondered how to make this delicious delicacy, Chef Keith from Nordstrom's kitchen department generously disclosed the exclusive recipe. Shared on Nordstrom's Instagram page, the recipe unveils the mysteries surrounding Nordstrom's tomato soup—a culinary masterpiece born out of creativity and culinary expertise.

That said, get ready to bring the warmth of Nordstrom's kitchen to your own as we guide you through Chef Keith's recipe.

Nordstrom Tomato Soup Recipe


  • ⅓ cup extra virgin oil
  • 8 oz carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 8 oz yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable stock or water
  • 56 oz San Marzano or Italian-style plum tomatoes in juice
  • ½ oz basil leaves
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream


1. Warm the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add onions and carrots; keep stirring for 3 to 4 minutes until softened and nicely caramelized.

3. Add kosher salt, dried basil, and black pepper and stir for 30 seconds to a minute for the spices to properly mix.

Carrots and onions cooking in a pot | Source: Shutterstock

Carrots and onions cooking in a pot | Source: Shutterstock

4. Introduce plum tomatoes, including the juice.

5. Add the vegetable broth and allow it to cook for 20-30 minutes.

6. Add the heavy whipping cream and allow the soup to cook for 5 minutes.

7. Remove from heat, add fresh basil, and purée the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a blender/food processor.

8. Return the soup to the saucepan; serve it in a bowl and garnish with basil.

Nordstrom's tomato soup isn't just a meal; it's a culinary experience that can stand tall on its own. However, for a satisfying experience, consider pairing it with a delightful cheesy bread creation, be it a classic grilled cheese or cheesy toast.

Chef Keith's recommendation of Parmesan crostini adds an extra layer of flavor that harmonizes perfectly with the soup's richness. As you savor the warmth and comfort of Nordstrom's tomato soup recipe, let it inspire your culinary creativity.

And when you're ready for your next homemade soup adventure, explore the hearty goodness of Rafferty's Potato Soup with our detailed recipe guide.

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