Makeover Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe
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Makeover Cream of Tomato Soup Recipe

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Brooklyn, Michigan's Linda Parkhurst asked us to lighten up her classic soup, we were eager to help out. Velvety Makeover Cream of Tomato Soup is the heartwarming result. Not only is it table-ready in 30 minutes, but it’s a healthy way to warm up after a day of snowy fun.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) reduced-sodium condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 4 cans (5-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium V8 juice
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups oyster crackers
  • 2 tablespoons 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 303 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 893mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 2 fat.


  1. In a food processor, combine stewed tomatoes and cream cheese; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until crisp-tender; Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Whisk in tomato soup, V8 and tomato paste until blended. Gradually stir in cream cheese mixture, half-and-half and basil. Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil).
  3. In a large bowl, combine the seasoned oyster crackers, oil, dressing mix, garlic powder and dill; toss to coat. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with crackers and cheese. Yield: 9 servings (3 cups crackers).
Originally published as Makeover Cream of Tomato Soup in Light & Tasty December/January 2006, p39

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keysgetaway User ID: 7547858 64752
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2014

"Excellent soup. Great flavor and easy to make. The only problem was that I didn't like a mouthful of onions in every bit, but I understand onions give it the great flavor, so next time I will throw chopped onions in the food processor."

coccopuff User ID: 8027396 140009
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2014

"I make this recipe all the time. Its easy and everybody loves it. The basil adds a great flavor to it. I make it so its even lower in fat by cutting out butter and using the cheese or crackers."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 64749
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This tasted just like tomato soup I've had in a restaurant. It was easy to make and really good. I wish it was a little lower in fat so I could make it more often."

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