Roasted Tomato Soup with a Spider Web Topping

Happy Halloween! Even though this roasted tomato soup isn’t a “treat” per se, the spider web topping is a definite crowd pleaser and this tasty recipe will give everyone a healthy start to the evening’s festivities. If you are reading this and Halloween is over, this is a fantastic soup and I’ve got some tips to make a creamy design that is fitting for any holiday!

Roasted Tomato Soup with Spider Web Topping
This roasted tomato soup gets a flavor boost by caramelizing chopped tomatoes from a can in the oven. Yep! This extra little step really makes a difference in the taste. Carrots, celery, onions and garlic round out the flavors. So, it’s pretty healthy in my book. It’s an adaptation of Michael Chiarello’s recipe for homemade tomato soup. I cut back on the oil and butter and added the spider web topping.

Spider Web Topping on Soup

In order to make this roasted tomato soup extra special, I added a spider web topping made of 3 parts sour cream and 1 part milk. Let your inner artist out and get creative. This little trick works any time of year and the decorative possibilities are endless…flowers, leaves, Christmas tree, letters, stars…and on and on and on.

To make the cream, stir together 3 Tablespoons of sour cream and 1 Tablespoon of milk (or vegan substitutes.)


Here’s a cheap and easy way to pipe out the mixture. Place a plastic bag inside a cup and fold down the outer edges (see picture above.) Scoop the mixture into the plastic bag and squeeze it into one corner. Snip off the tip of the bag and start piping. To make a spider web design, pipe three increasingly larger circles on top of the soup. Use a toothpick to “drag” the web out, starting with the inner circle and moving the toothpick to the outer circle.  You can see the process in action in this Spiderweb Soup video by Better Homes and Garden.

Roasted Tomato Soup
It’s gorgeous and tasty simply topped with fresh basil too!

Roasted Tomato Soup with Spider Web Topping
Roasted Tomato Soup with a Spider Web Topping
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Roasted tomato soup gets a flavor boost from caramelizing tomatoes in the oven. Make it extra special by piping a creamy spider web or other design on top.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 161 kcal
Author: Marjory Pilley
  • 29 ounces diced tomatoes Two 14.5 ounce
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1 teaspoon olive oil divided
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or vegan substitute
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup carrot diced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves sliced into slivers
  • 3 Tablespoons light sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon skim milk or milk of choice
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Drain tomatoes in a colander over a bowl and reserve the liquid.
  3. Spread tomatoes out on baking sheet and toss with 2 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. Season tomatoes with salt and pepper.
  5. Roast tomatoes for about 15 minutes.
  6. While the tomatoes are roasting, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil and butter to a pot and heat over medium heat.

  7. Add celery, carrots, onion and garlic to the pot and saute until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Add roasted tomatoes, reserved tomato juice and broth to the pot and stir to combine.
  9. Allow soup to simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Vegetables will be soft and flavors will blend together.
  10. Puree soup mixture using an immersion blender or a food processor.
  11. To make the cream piping, mix sour cream and milk together.
  12. Scoop mixture into the corner of a ziplock bag, squeeze mixture into one corner, twist the top of the bag to keep contents in tact, and cut off the tip of the corner.
  13. Make three increasingly larger circles in the soup.
  14. Use a toothpick to draw lines in the web by starting at the edge of the inner circle and slowly moving the toothpick to the outer circle.
  15. Garnish with fresh basil.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Michael Chiarello's Homemade Tomato Soup



Nutrition Facts
Roasted Tomato Soup with a Spider Web Topping
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 546mg 23%
Potassium 527mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 68.3%
Vitamin C 27.8%
Calcium 10.3%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Design a Spider Web for Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe


  1. I’d chow down on this! I especially love that it’s halloween themed!

  2. Looks delicious! I love the idea that you could decorate it as well.

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