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

    1. Deb, it was really easy and very flavorful!

  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!

  5. Going to try this! Love tomato soup!

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