Budget-Friendly Tomato and Rice Soup

tomato and tomato puree with parsley in bowl
tomato and rice soup

This tomato and rice soup is a budget-friendly dinner idea! With just a few pantry staples, you’ll whip this up easily.

Just a few pantry staples are all it takes to make this dish. You can use white or brown rice.

Use whole tomatoes or diced. Want a little spice, add 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 – 28oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups cooked rice (I use parboiled rice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add more if needed


Tomato and Rice Soup
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot.
  2. Add in the diced onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato paste and oregano and stir until well coated, continuing to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vegetable broth, and tomatoes and simmer.
  5. If you’d like a smoother soup, use an immersion blender to blend the soup. You can also leave it chunky.
  6. Next, add the rice. Cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes. And Serve it hot.

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