Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
It's amazing that these simple ingredients can make something soooo good! Even my 7 year old asks for second helpings! There's nothing like dipping a warm grilled cheese sammie into it...comfort food indeed! Don't be afraid of the brown sugar...it's just to cut the acidity of the tomatoes and doesn't taste sweet at all. You can top the soup with a dollop of sour cream, or shredded sharp cheddar...some fresh parsley or basil is very good too - although it's good enough on it's own.
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped fine
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 (14 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 1 (32 ounce) carton chicken broth
- 1 (10 ounce) can tomato soup, preferably Campbell's
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 1 (11 1/2 ounce) can tomato juice, V-8
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- heavy cream (optional)
- Put diced tomatoes in blender. (Don't blend yet).
- In a saucepan, heat the oil and butter, and sautee the onions until almost carmelized, (you really want that flavor in the soup). Add garlic and sautee' just until soft, 1 to 2 minutes, (you absolutely do NOT want to burn the garlic!).
- Add the onion/garlic mixture to the blender with the tomatoes and puree that all together, to desired consistency. I liquefy it.
- Add this mixture back to the saucepan.
- Add the tomato soup and the tomato paste. Use some of the chicken broth to rinse out the rest of those ingredients from the can, then pour that in along with all of the remaining chicken broth. Add the V-8 juice.
- Stir all together very well, until the paste has "dissolved".
- Add the brown sugar, black pepper, and onion powder. Increase or decrease these seasonings to taste.
- Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- At this point, you can stir in 1/2 cup (or to your desired richness) of heavy cream to make this more of a creamy tomato soup! Just warm through.
- Serve immediately.
amazing soup though I thought it had enough tomato so I only used 1 can of diced tomatoes. and only 1 Tbs. of tomato paste. I found some chipolte cubes by knorr in the mexican secion of my grocery store so I crumbled up part of a cube and put in soup. I like a little spice. Since I did not use all of tomato I only used 1/2 of the sugar. And since I made half of the recipe I would have used the equivalent of 2 cans for the whole recipe of tomato soup the 1 Tbs paste was for 1/2 recipe. So that would be 2 Tbs For the whole recipe but I just squeezed some in I did not want to use up my whole tube. I ate with recipe#415238 for lunch.
Thank you for this. It's a great alternative to prepared soup.