Of all my recipes, this is one of the few dishes that is repeatedly requested by my family and friends. We usually serve this soup with a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches, and it's such a satisfying meal for a cold and chilly day. I have made the delectable soup using canned tomatoes as well as fresh tomatoes from our garden, and I cannot tell the difference between the two versions. The time calculated for this recipe is based on using canned tomatoes (which is how I usually make it since it's more convenient). But if you wish to use fresh tomatoes, please consider that it will be about 10-15 minutes more of preparation time.