Mother made this soup when I was a child, and it was always one of my favorites. After 75 years, it still is! Mother's cellar was filled with home-canned vegetables, so the basic ingredient of this soup was right at hand. It never took her long to make a kettle of this wonderful soup.
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Salt to taste
- 1 quart milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Minced fresh parsley, optional
- In a large saucepan, bring tomatoes to a boil. Add baking soda, garlic salt, pepper and salt if desired. Reduce heat; add the milk and butter. Heat through but do not boil. Garnish with parsley if desired. Yield: 6 servings (1-1/2 quarts).
Originally published as Old Fashioned Tomato Soup in Reminisce July/August 1994, p53
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