Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs

This hearty soup makes a satisfying meal at any time of year -- and the poached eggs are a valuable source of meatless protein.
Body+Soul, April 2010
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for toast and drizzling
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, plus one clove for toast
  • Pinch hot red pepper flakes
  • 1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, coarsely chopped, with juice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 slices rustic bread
  • Shredded basil, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a straight-sided skillet over medium
    heat, cook the oil, garlic, and pepper
    flakes until garlic is just beginning to turn
    golden, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes,
    water, salt, and pepper.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 10 minutes.

  3. Crack one egg into a small bowl. Carefully
    lower edge of bowl into simmering liquid,
    allowing egg to slip into pot. Repeat with
    remaining eggs. Cover pot and cook until
    whites are cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, brush bread with oil and
    broil until golden; rub with garlic. Place
    one slice in each of four shallow bowls;
    sprinkle with basil. Spoon soup and poached
    eggs over toast, drizzle with a little more
    oil, and serve immediately.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (7)

  • Spaspa 23 Aug, 2013

    This recipe is brilliant.I don't know how many americans today can cook like this. This one like other fashion Review is totally worth it.

  • WilliamHarold 27 Jan, 2013

    And... I hate garlic, so I replaced it with a minced shallot. Worked like a charm. Just as tasty.

  • WilliamHarold 27 Jan, 2013

    Oh so good. I added a pinch of dried thyme, rosemary, and one bay leaf. I also ran it through the food processor for 30-seconds. This is a a keeper.

  • ElizParkCoop 27 Jan, 2013

    This was SUCH an amazing dish! A total surprise! I actually added some fresh Rosemary to the tomato sauce for a little added flavour. I also used the garlic thinly chopped and then removed most of it before serving. It was easy and everyone loved it and actually wanted seconds. Will absolutely make this again! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 23 Jan, 2013

    Tomato Soup with Poached Eggs
    Russell's Wednesday Dinner
    Nutritious and Delicious!

  • jodles 6 Jan, 2011

    This soup is incredibly easy. I blended half of it so it looks more creamy. I also only added 2 cups of water instead of 3. It is so simple and quick and healthy. will def make this a lot I think!

  • danie12788 26 Jul, 2010

    This soup is fantastic, it is simple and the flavors are strong and complimentary...I served it with a mixed greens salad and extra bread for dipping for a light summertime dinner. I rarely serve a meal without meat and this satisfied everyone in my family