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Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe

Old Fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Old Fashioned Tomato Soup

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Rabid_Monkey202 220489
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."

MissDeborah 70469
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."

ehlertn 42223
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!"

ehlertn 13225
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!"

eawinters 13220
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This was just like the soup my elderly mother remembers her aunt making ninety years ago. She and I greatly enjoyed it. I did add a little sugar, as I always do with recipes that are strongly tomato."

Linda LK 41010
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I wanted a creamy tomato soup that wasn't made from a canned soup. This was perfect. It was fast and easy and was made with canned tomatoes which I had plenty on hand. It was very good and was perfect to drink from soup cups. I will definitely make this again."

MallGJ 11167
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"I grew up on a farm where there was plenty of homegrown and canned tomatoes. This was the only way I knew tomatoe soup. No can for me."

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