‘Love-apple’ soup with cheesy toast hearts

Love-apple soup – a lightly spiced, smooth and delicious tomato soup, topped with cheesy toast hearts. The perfect way to say ‘I love you’!

Ah, Valentine’s Day approaches and love is in the air! And my Pinterest and Facebook feeds are full of recipes involving chocolate, strawberries, and sometimes both. Savoury dishes really do seem to play second fiddle at the moment, as though nothing says ‘I love you’ like a dose of sugar and fat…

Say it with savoury

I ought to come clean and say that in previous years, I too have been caught up in this frenzy of sweet, sweet goodies. Only last year I made these Nutella shortbread hearts, for instance. But this year, I wanted to do something more savoury. Something altogether more grown up. Not to mention healthier, and more filling.

tomato soup with cheesy toast

Love apples!

So, enter that other red fruit, the humble tomato. Once known as the ‘love apple’ it seemed only right to put it to use in a Valentine’s Day recipe! I created this smooth and delicious tomato soup as a perfect warming treat for your special person on a cold February day, and added a hint of spice just to get those pulses racing! 

tomato soup with cheesy toast

Heart-shaped toast

I topped my tomato soup with cheesy toasts, and in a nod to the celebration of love, I even cut them into heart shapes. This was easy to do using a cookie cutter, but you could probably manage just as well with a knife. Or just leave them toast-shaped. Whichever you prefer.

I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day. Finish your soup and toast, and you can have some chocolate, and strawberries!

Serves 2.

Love-apple soup - a lightly spiced, smooth and delicious tomato soup, topped with cheesy toast hearts. The perfect way to say 'I love you'!

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'Love apple' tomato soup with cheesy toasts

Say 'I love you' with a soup!
Course Lunch, Soup, Starter
Cuisine Vegetarian
Keyword bread, cheese, tomato
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 234kcal
Author Helen


  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tsbp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp harissa (or according to your taste for spicy food!)
  • 400 g tin peeled tomatoes (approx. 14 oz)
  • 250 ml hot vegetable stock (1 cup + 2 tbsp)

For the toasts

  • 2 slices bread
  • 50 g grated cheese (½ cup)


To make the soup

  • Peel and dice the onion. Add to a medium saucepan with the olive oil and harissa and cook over a low-medium heat for 5-10 minutes until soft.
  • Add the tomatoes and stock, stir, and use a spoon to break up the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Blend until very smooth, then set aside and keep warm while you make the toasts.

To make the cheesy toasts

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high.
  • Using a cookie-cutter or a sharp knife, cut each slice of bread into a heart shape.
  • Toast the bread lightly on both sides in the toaster, then place the toast hearts onto a baking sheet.
  • Divide the cheese between the toasts, and place under the grill for a minute or two until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

To serve

  • Divide the soup between two bowls, and carefully place a cheesy toast heart on top of each. Enjoy!


Approx. per serving: 234 calories, 10g fat, 11g protein, 27g carbs

If you’d like some more savoury Valentine’s ideas, how about these gorgeous roasted heart potatoes from Little Sunny Kitchen, or this Love Soup (sweet potato, carrot and red pepper soup) from Munchies and Munchkins.

More delicious tomato-based soups for you to enjoy include vibrant carrot and tomato soup with orange and ginger, filling tomato soup with gnocchi and aubergine croutons, and delicious sweet and sour cabbage and tomato soup with rice.

tomato soup with cheesy toasts.

I’m entering this soup into the No Croutons Required veggie soup and salad linky, organised by Lisa’s Kitchen and Tinned Tomatoes, who also hosts this month.
I’m also linking up to the Food Year Linkup, at Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen, as of course this soup is perfect for Valentine’s Day on February 14.



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  2. Nice photo. Thanks for entering your recipe into No Croutons Required. The roundup is now live.

  3. I love a good old tomato soup, it has to be a favourite of mine! The heart bread looks great. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

  4. What a lovely idea for Valentine’s day! It’s great to see a heart shaped savoury recipe – I might have to make heart shaped toasts myself this year now!

  5. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    This looks so delicious Helen and so much better for us then the fat/sugar/cream/butter ‘goodies’ which we seem to share with our loved ones. I too have fallen head long into that trap, though a little naughtiness does us good 😉
    Love how you’ve presented your soup with the loveheart cheesy toast. OH would love this. #CookBlogSHare
    Angela x

  6. I’m totally guilty of going down the strawberries and chocolate route this year 🙂

    The idea of using a “love-apple” is really sweet and I love the addition of the giant heart-shaped crouton, I certainly be happy is my hubby cooked this for me on Valentine’s Day (although I’d be happy if he cooked for me on any day really!)

  7. Hayley (@SnapHappyBakes)

    What a great idea to add harissa to tomato soup. Genius! Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

  8. this looks so good..loving it

  9. Simple and absolutely adorable! I love this 🙂

  10. Aww. Perfect for V day breakfast in bed. 🙂

  11. I must admit – as fun as all the Valentine’s Day sweets are – it’s so nice to see a savory spin. And what says love better than a big ol’ slab of cheesy in tomato soup. Love it!

  12. Sam | Ahead of Thyme

    This recipe is so cute! Love the heart shaped toast for valentines day 🙂

  13. I love it! Simple and really amazing! and looks great too!

  14. YUM! Tomato soup and cheesy toast is one of my favourite comfort foods! Do they have to be for a loved one? I might just make them for myself, hehe.

  15. What a clever idea! I really want some cheesy toast now – yummy! x

  16. I love easy fun recipes like this one.

  17. Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    This is fabulous Helen, especially with the cheese (fat) laden toasts on top! I can see this being our soup for next weekend, because other than that we don’t really do Valentines!

  18. This looks amazing. Quite creative too x

  19. I’m single so won’t be doing the love hearts. Looks delicious and so simple to make.
    Never thought of having cheese on toast with tomato soup but I certainly will try it!

    Jenna von x

    • You could always make them for yourself 🙂
      When I was a kid a special treat was adding loads of grated cheese to our tomato soup. I think the toast makes it even yummier!

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