Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe
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Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe

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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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 148 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein


  1. 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).
Editor's Note: 2 cups of home-canned or freshly stewed tomatoes with liquid can be substituted for canned tomatoes.
Originally published as Old Fashioned Tomato Soup in Reminisce July/August 1994, p53

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Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"Nasty! Would have been better off with a tomato and a glass of milk. Now my toddler tells me all the time, "I don't want tomatoes in milk. It's yucky.""

Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Great lunch for late workers."

Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"A QUART of milk???? It was not creamy at all. Turned out like water. Somebody got this wrong. Maybe a cup of milk. Yuk."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011 Edited Mar. 23, 2014

"I will never buy another can of tomato soup again! This recipe was beyond delicious--even my teenage daughter loved it, and she doesn't even like canned tomato soup! The flavor of the soup was fresh and wholesome--it didn't have any of the vinegary tartness that the canned soups have. I add fresh dill in season, or dried, as well as any other fresh herbs that my garden is producing in Summer. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2011 Edited Mar. 23, 2014

"This sounds like a great way to serve my garden tomatoes. Does anyone know if I can use them freshly diced (since there is boiling involved)? If so, would I need to add any additional ingredients to substitute from the canned tomatoes? Thank you for any advice! I can imagine serving this with homemade bread toasted with cheese! Yum!"

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