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Rich and Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

Rich and Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe

"My husband, who doesn't like tomato soup, really likes this rich and creamy version," informs Marie Keyes of Cheney, Washington. "It's easy, but it tastes like you put a lot of work into it. When I share it with co-workers, everyone loves it."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in tomatoes, soup, milk, sugar, basil, paprika and garlic powder.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

One 1-cup serving (prepared with reduced-fat margarine, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, reduced-fat condensed tomato soup, fat-free milk and reduced-fat cream cheese) equals 157 calories, 5 g fat (0 saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 457 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Rich and Creamy Tomato Soup

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"My husband says this is the best tomato soup he's ever had (and he'll be 60 this year!). I took the advice of another reviewer and added the pepper jack cheese and made a few minor changes as follows: used 1 cup of half & half, then 1/2 a cup of whole milk (instead of 1-1/2 cups of milk). Used "Hunts Diced Roasted Tomatoes with Garlic" instead of plain ol' diced tomatoes, also used the full amount of paprika and ground basil. I added 5 slices of chopped up pepper jack cheese from a 12 ounce pre-sliced package. When this was all mixed and done, I used my handy-dandy inversion blender to make the soup smooth as silk before serving This was super rich and delicious! Thanks!"

Reviewed Sep. 23, 2014

"Delicious! So easy and quick, but tastes like you've spent a lot of time and effort. I always sauté some minced garlic in with the onions as well as add cheese periogies (the frozen Mrs.T brand) at the end and let them simmer for a few minutes before serving. Along with grilled ham and cheese, it's an easy dinner that everyone really enjoys."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2013

"This was very good - even without the cream cheese. I would increase the basil by another half to 1 tsp. and also the garlic powder to about 1/2 a tsp. to give it a little more punch."

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"My family has been making this soup for years, and it's a favorite. It's easy to make and very flavorful. I've had many requests for this recipe. It's a winter time staple in our household. Enjoy!"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2011

"i used 8 cups of pureed tomatoes, left out the onion, used 1/4 cup butter. after cooking, i strained the soup. very yummy!!!!"

Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"I didn't really like this recipe, in a way it tasted tangy, most likely from the canned tomatoes. Might be better with more sugar. Most of it was fed to the chickens."

Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"I have been making this soup since it was published in 2000. It is quick and easy! Sometimes for added flavor I use the diced or petite tomatoes already seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano. It is requested at every family party during the winter months. I made it for a friend of mine who is a writer. She loved it so much she wrote a story about it! We have since renamed it, "Lick the Bowl Clean Soup"!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

""Restaurant quality!" says my dad, a long-time chef. Tastes just like Isaac's tomato soup (even without the hot sauce, which I omitted because I didn't have any). Unlike my dad, I am not a great cook and it still turned out amazing!"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"My husband and I had pepperjack tomato soup at Isaac's Deli recently and really wanted to recreate it at home, so I was thrilled to find this recipe. I followed the recipe to the letter but I added 8 oz. of pepperjack cheese (plus a little extra milk) to spice it up a bit. Hubby and I enjoyed it but the kids wouldn't touch it. (More for us! :))

Next time, I will leave out the cream cheese (we didn't like the cream cheese flavor that it left in the soup), and I will use pepperjack Velveeta instead of real pepperjack cheese to give the soup a smoother texture.
Also, since my hubby and I both like our tomato soup smooth, I'll use tomato puree or tomato sauce instead of diced tomatoes in the future. (Our soup had lots of curled-up tomato skins in it from the diced tomatoes...that's just not a good mouth-feel.)
Otherwise, very tasty. Definitely the best tomato soup I've ever had. :)"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"This is one of my family and friends favorite and so easy to make!"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"I loved this soup. SO easy to make and really tasty! I used reduced fat cream cheese, and I also used the cans of diced tomatoes with green chiles - it gave it a little extra kick. I definitely recommend it and will make it often!"

Reviewed Jan. 31, 2010

"Very quick to make and the flavor is very good! This is a new regular in our house!"

Reviewed Oct. 29, 2009

"Quick and easy to prepare with a very fresh taste. I've handed out many copies of this recipe!"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2009

"I just made this recipe.  I have to say, it is very close to Isaac's soup.  I honestly don't like tomato soup, but this is one I will keep on making."

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"I've had Isaac's pepper jack tomato soup at one of the Harrisburg locations. I'll be trying this recipe to see how it measures up.


Reviewed Dec. 27, 2008

"I have frequented Isaac"s many times when i visit the Lancaster PA area. with just a few additions this recipe is the closest I have come to duplicating their pepper jack tomato soup. To make this Like Isaac's pepper jack Tomato soup is pretty easy. Do the recipe exactly as above but when you add the cream cheese also add 4-6 oz of pepper jack cheese cubed and 5 dashes of Tabasco sauce. Mix until all the cheese is melted. Of course you can add more or less pepper jack cheese to get the spice you like.


Reviewed Oct. 26, 2008

"I've made a few homemade tomato soup recipes, but I've thrown them all away since finding this one. By far my favorite tomato soup! And SO simple and it freezes well, so it can be ready whenever you have the craving. YUM!"

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2008

"denise....would you live near Lancaster PA??? Would you be referring to Isaacs pepperjack tomato soup?? I have been trying to find a recipe for it!! It is the best around!!! I am going to try your recommendation!"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2008

"a restaurant in our area serves a pepperjack tomato soup that I love. I use this recipe but also add pepperjack cheese and it taste just like the restaurant's soup."

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