Rating: 4.78 stars
275 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 233
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1

New Jersey is a well-known producer of tomatoes. Having our own garden leaves us with an abundance at the end of the season. Not wanting the tomatoes to go to waste, Hubby and I came up with our favorite version of tomato soup.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring the tomatoes, carrots, and onion to a boil over medium-high heat in a stockpot, then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, sugar, and salt.

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  • Melt the butter over medium-low heat in a small saucepan. Whisk in the flour, stirring until thick. Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Cook and stir, whisking constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes, then stir milk mixture in to the stockpot. Season with basil, celery salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Continue to simmer the soup on low to reduce and thicken, about 1 hour.

Cook's Note:

A food processor can be used to finely chop the carrots and onion. An immersion blender can be used for a smooth texture.

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Nutrition Facts

234 calories; protein 6.8g; carbohydrates 30g; fat 10.9g; cholesterol 30.2mg; sodium 1665.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (277)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
I am re-posting my original review dated August 16, 2011: I had a lot of fresh tomatoes that I needed to use, including some super sweet cherry tomatoes and baby romas, so I went about this a little differently. I chopped all my tomatoes and threw them in the pot including the skins, seeds and juices that had accumulated on the cutting board. I sweated them, covered, along with the onions and carrots as the recipe instructs. Then I added the chicken broth, black pepper, basil, celery salt and garlic powder and simmered, again covered, for another hour. I allowed the soup to cool somewhat and pureed it with my emersion blender right in the pot. Then I forced it through a fine sieve, discarding the skins and seeds that were left behind in the sieve. At this point I seasoned it with the sea salt, and less sugar than indicated, because some of my tomatoes were very sweet. Because I intended to freeze this I did not make the roux and add the milk. I will do that step when thawing/re-heating the soup, although I will say, it is delicious just as is. This soup is a wonderful way to highlight the taste of fresh summer tomatoes. The seasonings are perfect, enhancing the tomato flavor without overpowering it. I should note that my photo was taken before adding the roux/milk mixture. Thank you SHORECOOK, and thank your hubby for this wonderful, classic tomato soup! YUM! Yield was 9 cups of soup. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/27/2013
We ve never been raging fans of tomato soup but read another reviewer saying she had never been a tomato soup fan either until making this. And then there were the rave reviews and overwhelming number of 5 star loved it ratings. We generously give this recipe a 2 rating. Of the four people served this soup only one finished their small bowl. All agreed of having had better homemade tomato soup. No one had any interest in having more the next day. Read More
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275 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 233
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2015
I am re-posting my original review dated August 16, 2011: I had a lot of fresh tomatoes that I needed to use, including some super sweet cherry tomatoes and baby romas, so I went about this a little differently. I chopped all my tomatoes and threw them in the pot including the skins, seeds and juices that had accumulated on the cutting board. I sweated them, covered, along with the onions and carrots as the recipe instructs. Then I added the chicken broth, black pepper, basil, celery salt and garlic powder and simmered, again covered, for another hour. I allowed the soup to cool somewhat and pureed it with my emersion blender right in the pot. Then I forced it through a fine sieve, discarding the skins and seeds that were left behind in the sieve. At this point I seasoned it with the sea salt, and less sugar than indicated, because some of my tomatoes were very sweet. Because I intended to freeze this I did not make the roux and add the milk. I will do that step when thawing/re-heating the soup, although I will say, it is delicious just as is. This soup is a wonderful way to highlight the taste of fresh summer tomatoes. The seasonings are perfect, enhancing the tomato flavor without overpowering it. I should note that my photo was taken before adding the roux/milk mixture. Thank you SHORECOOK, and thank your hubby for this wonderful, classic tomato soup! YUM! Yield was 9 cups of soup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2012
I sauteed the onion and carrot (plus a mess of fresh minced garlic) in a little butter before adding the tomatoes and chicken broth. I did go light on the sea salt. After it cooked, I ran the soup through the blender for a smooth consistancy. This was a nice tomato soup that paired well with Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches--NO LEFTOVERS. Next time I think I'd use fresh basil and I would omit the celery salt and go with sea salt but really that's a personal preferance, not reflective of the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2011
this is a very tasty soup, thanks Shorecook. I used fresh basil, celery, frozen chicken broth and 2 garlic cloves because I had them in the kitchen. I ate mine with cheese bread and the boys added mini fish crackers-everyone enjoyed it. The sugar is very important to bring out the tomatoey taste and cut some of th of the acid. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2011
Recipe Group Selection: 17, September '11. This was my first attempt at making homemade tomato soup. Wow - is this a great one to start with! The taste of the fresh tomatoes, carrots and onions totally come through with this soup. I used fresh chicken broth instead of canned and I only had 1% milk. Other than those 2 changes I made it as written. I made on Sunday, refrigerated it and we had for dinner on Monday night. Served with cheese toasties, this was the perfect meal on a cold and rainy day. Thanks SHORECOOK for sharing your recipe. RG made a wonderful selection this week. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2011
I made this soup in May, 2010, before fresh tomatoes were available. My review follows, as the recipe was unpublished at that time: Really good tomato soup, even though I had to modify by using canned tomatoes in lieu of fresh. Even the so-called tomato soup haters in my house enjoyed this soup! Thank you for sharing your recipe, Shorecook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2011
SO GLAD that this recipe was going around!!! the only thing i did add garden fresh green peppers and did the whole thing in my huge slow cooker...i used my hand blender to make it smoothe...i made a double batch...will freeze some...but when we had it for dinner (lunch) i made up the roux...FABULOUS and luved it coz i could use all my own fresh garden veggies...thanks shorecook for sharing a great recipe!!! ;o) p.s. i used yellow and orange tiny tomatoes as well as the medium red ones that i had... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/27/2011
There’s nothing I love more than cooking with fresh ingredients, especially when they come from my own garden. I chopped up the entire tomato, skins and all. Once all of the vegetables had cooked, I gave them a good whirl in the blender and pureed until smooth. My soup turned out so thick that I didn’t add any flour. In fact, I had to thin it using tomato juice and water. I attribute that in part to leaving the skin on and perhaps because the majority of my tomatoes were Romas. The soup was excellent! To complete, I topped with grilled cheese croutons and additional sandwiches on the side. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2011
Awesome tomato soup! This is a fantastic recipe to showcase vine ripened tomatoes. I did add fresh basil and a couple cloves of minced fresh garlic also. I served this with garlic bread it was a good accompaniment. So delicious, definitely 5 star, my family just loves it, thanks for sharing your recipe Shorecook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2011
It's a month before Christmas here in Ontario and I took my last green beefsteak tomatoes off the vine 2 weeks ago and ripened them on the window sill. I used all the ingredients listed but was too lazy to skin and seed them so I did what another reviewer and just chopped and boiled them with everything else. Just before roux time, I pureed it all with an immersion blender and put it through a sieve, added my roux and spices and let it simmer for the hour. Incredible! Can you say comfort food? Nice way to end the Fall season and herald in Winter. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/27/2013
We ve never been raging fans of tomato soup but read another reviewer saying she had never been a tomato soup fan either until making this. And then there were the rave reviews and overwhelming number of 5 star loved it ratings. We generously give this recipe a 2 rating. Of the four people served this soup only one finished their small bowl. All agreed of having had better homemade tomato soup. No one had any interest in having more the next day. Read More
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