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Cream of Tomato Soup

Here's a surefire chill chaser for Linda Parkhurst of Brooklyn, Michigan. “Even those who don’t like tomato soup love this winter treat,” she writes. “It’s awesome with the seasoned homemade oyster crackers.” Linda asked "Light & Tasty" magazine to lighten up the recipe for her. Find the delicious revamp in the Dec/Jan 2006 issue.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings (3 cups crackers)


  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (11-1/2 ounces each) V8 juice
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 cups oyster crackers
  • 1/3 cup 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


  • In a food processor, combine stewed tomatoes and cream cheese; cover and process until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic in butter. Whisk in tomato soup and V8 until blended. Gradually stir in the cream cheese mixture, cream and basil. Cook and stir until heated through (do not boil).
  • In a large bowl, combine the crackers, oil, dressing mix, garlic powder and dill; toss to coat. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with crackers and mozzarella cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 387 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 1260mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.

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  • damonsamara
    Jan 4, 2014

    This is the best tomato soup ever. I have recommended this recipe to many and I also add that the seasoned oyster crackers are a MUST. When you first put the oyster crackers with the oil and other ingredients it seems extremely oily....don't worry...they turn out delicious and you will find yourself munching on them as a snack after the soup is gone.

  • tkuehl
    Oct 18, 2013

    My family loves grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. A couple of years ago we traveled to Galveston, TX where "Tomato Basil" soup is pretty popular in many of the local restaurants. I tried it, and loved it. When I came across this recipe, it was a must, and has been a much requested recipe ever since. With fall in the air, it will be making a repeat performance very soon. The only ingredient that I changed, or altered, was the stewed tomatoes (I pureed them first) because my hubby doesn't like chunks of tomato in anything. And the accompaning seasoned oyster crackers are a hit too (they are not as greasy as the traditional recipe for them that has been around for years). It does reheat well.