Baking the tomatoes adds depth to the flavor of this soup.

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Ingredients

11
Original recipe yields 11 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the tomatoes with juice in a well buttered oven-proof baking dish. Mix in celery, garlic, and red pepper. Cover, and bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 25 minutes.

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  • In a large stock pot, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and onions, and cook and stir for about 8 minutes.

  • Slowly stir in flour and sugar. Add beef stock, basil, rosemary, and thyme, stirring until soup comes to a boil. Add the contents of the baked tomato pan from the oven, and bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer the soup for about 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a food processor, blend the cream cheese until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Slowly stir the cream cheese into the soup. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts

126.7 calories; 5.9 g protein; 11.8 g carbohydrates; 8.5 mg cholesterol; 462.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2007
This soup is great if you do the following. Double the basil and add a bay leaf and some cayenne to the current spices listed. Then instead of using a food processor put the cream cheese in the blender with a Tbsp. of milk blend then add the prepared soup to the cream cheese mixture one cup at a time until pureed. I like my soup a little chunky so I leave a little bit of unpureed soup in the pot then I combine them. I used fresh tomatoes that I skinned and seeded. I had a ton of them this fall. mmmmmmmmmm what a great way to use them in a nice creamy soup serve with a grilled cheese sandwich. An absolute Keeper. It froze pretty well too it didn't curdle like most creamed soups so I can eat it all winter long. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2009
One person in my family liked this hence the low rating. I didn't care for this at all. The recipe instructs to cover and roast the tomato red pepper and garlic mixture for 25 minutes. When I took it out of the oven it wasn't even hot in the middle. What is the point in this step? Nothing is roasted just heated up. I am not a picky eater and I like all of the ingredients called for. For some reason I found they didn't blend well every flavour seemed too sharp especially the mushrooms celery and rosemary. I tried a bowl the next day but unfortunately the flavour did not get any better. Rather than discarding I will freeze the rest for the one that likes it. Read More
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44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/04/2007
This soup is great if you do the following. Double the basil and add a bay leaf and some cayenne to the current spices listed. Then instead of using a food processor put the cream cheese in the blender with a Tbsp. of milk blend then add the prepared soup to the cream cheese mixture one cup at a time until pureed. I like my soup a little chunky so I leave a little bit of unpureed soup in the pot then I combine them. I used fresh tomatoes that I skinned and seeded. I had a ton of them this fall. mmmmmmmmmm what a great way to use them in a nice creamy soup serve with a grilled cheese sandwich. An absolute Keeper. It froze pretty well too it didn't curdle like most creamed soups so I can eat it all winter long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2006
This soup is delicious. I did put all ingredients in the blender at the very end but did not blend it smooth I think it tastes better with a little texture. Also the blender helps the cream cheese mix in better. My boyfriend raves about this soup and eats three or more bowls every time I make it. We like eating healthy and with all the veggies in this there are some benefits however since he overindulges every time I am not sure how good it is for him. We love this soup and make it every other week at least and we always finish the entire pot. Thanks for a delicious soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2003
This soup is fabulous! Substituting fresh herbs for the dried herbs is recommended when possible. Chicken stock may also be used in place of the beef stock. The flavor of this soup is delightful--just rich enough without being overbearing and very satisfying. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
Somehow the title and reviews led me to think this soup would be thick and creamy. But it wasn't; it's rich in flavor but not in texture. However it went over very well - most of the family had seconds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/07/2006
I love this soup! I made a number of minor changes but I actually followed this recipe more closely than I usually follow others. I used 8 ounces of cream cheese instead of 3 used water and 6 beef boullion cubes instead of beef broth and used about half a jar of roasted red peppers instead of the fresh one. I also pureed the whole thing in the blender because my husband won't eat vegetable chunks. My husband (a die-hard vegetable hater) thought the soup was okay which is a victory! Next time I make it I won't bother with the parsley but I'll make the rest the same. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/08/2009
One person in my family liked this hence the low rating. I didn't care for this at all. The recipe instructs to cover and roast the tomato red pepper and garlic mixture for 25 minutes. When I took it out of the oven it wasn't even hot in the middle. What is the point in this step? Nothing is roasted just heated up. I am not a picky eater and I like all of the ingredients called for. For some reason I found they didn't blend well every flavour seemed too sharp especially the mushrooms celery and rosemary. I tried a bowl the next day but unfortunately the flavour did not get any better. Rather than discarding I will freeze the rest for the one that likes it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2010
This was the best tomato soup I have ever had. The only thing I did differently was use butter instead of margarine used veggie stock and omitted the mushrooms. I also didn't have cream cheese so I used creamy swiss wedges from laughing cow. I don't know if that made a huge difference but it was the best tomato soup ever! I ate it all and even the annoying neighbor kids who always want me to feed them said it was good. Serve with a grilled pepper jack sandwich on rye for a spicy kick. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2011
I loved this soup. I doubled the cream cheese and omitted the celery since I don't like it. It tasted like a restaurant soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/07/2005
OMG!! This soup is soo good! Hubby had THREE bowls! He doesn't usually rave over new recipes but he couldn't get enough of this one! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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