Saturday, January 21, 2017

Tomato Soup #Recipe @PegCochran

I've always known that tomato soup and grilled cheese go together, but I've never been a fan of canned tomato soup.  So I decided to see if I would like it better if I made my own.

I found a great recipe in Quick Six Fix by Stuart O'Keefe, and I changed virtually nothing except to add about 1/4 cup of cream at the end.  It gave the soup a wonderful silky mouth feel.

This calls for 1 teaspoon of dried red pepper.  My red pepper flakes are ANCIENT and have probably lost a lot of potency.  This was nice and spicy but even hubby could eat it (everything "has a little heat to it" to him.)  I would recommend starting with less and doing a taste test to see if you want more.  And if you're serving little ones, you will definitely want to cut back.


1/4 cup olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper (I only used a couple twists of the pepper mill)
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes (preferably San Marzana)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Basil leaves

Heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for about 5 to 7 minutes until onions wilt.

Add tomatoes, stock and sugar and simmer on low for 10 minutes.

Puree soup and butter in a blender, food processor or with an immersion blender.

If desired, add a swirl of heavy cream.  Serve with torn basil leaves stirred in.

PS It was delicious!


  1. Tomato soup is a staple as one of my weekly lunches. I love it. I'll have to try this one.

    1. Tonya, I'm thinking about making a big batch and freezing in small portions so I have it on hand for a nice lunch!

  2. I love tomato soup this sounds delicious and easy will have to try it

  3. We love tomato soup and it sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing as I will be trying this out since it is getting colder.

    1. I love soup in cold weather, don't you? This can be made quickly and really warms your soul!

  4. How odd. I was sure I made a comment earlier, but evidently I didn't.
    So, here I am.
    Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches is a classic from childhood. Back then canned was fine, but the last time I tasted theirs I was certainly less than favorably impressed.
    This is a great alternative that doesn't really require much more time than opening a can.

    1. You're right--it's very easy and the end product is delicious!

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    1. Then I think you will really like this recipe!