I call this cheaters minestrone because it's not quite the real thing but it is really tasty. Even the kids love it! The bean and bacon soup lend a nice subtle smoky flavor to it with just the right amount of beans. If you have a piece of Parmesan rind reserved, throw it in! Slice through the bacon before frying and you will save yourself even more time!
I found this on the web some time ago--I don't have the source. I've made it a couple of times and liked it...the cloves are a suprising ingredient, but they really make for a different-tasting take on tomato soup. Hope you like this!
I love tomatoes. I grew 20 different types of tomatoes this summer. I also went a little crazy with bell peppers. I came up with this recipe and boy is it good! Grill cheese sandwiches and soup, Oh my gosh!