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Cream of Tomato Soup

 Cream of Tomato Soup
Here's a surefire chill chaser for Linda Parkhurst of Brooklyn, Michigan. “Even those who don’t like tomato soup love this winter treat,” she writes. “It’s awesome with the seasoned homemade oyster crackers.” Linda asked "Light & Tasty" magazine to lighten up the recipe for her. Find the delicious revamp in the Dec/Jan 2006 issue.
9 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (11-1/2 ounces each) V8 juice
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • SEASONED OYSTER CRACKERS:
  • 3 cups oyster crackers
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 9 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

  • In a food processor, combine stewed tomatoes and cream cheese; cover
  • and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter. Whisk in
  • tomato soup and V8 until blended. Gradually stir in the cream cheese
  • mixture, cream and basil. Cook and stir until heated through (do not
  • boil).
  • In a large bowl, combine the crackers, oil, dressing mix, garlic

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Cream of Tomato Soup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • powder and dill; toss to coat. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with
  • crackers and mozzarella cheese. Yield: 9 servings (3 cups crackers).
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup soup with 1/3 cup oyster crackers equals 387 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 1,260 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.