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Old Fashioned Tomato Soup

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. —Wilma Miller, Port Angeles, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)


  • 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.
Editor's Note: 2 cups of home-canned or freshly stewed tomatoes with liquid can be substituted for canned tomatoes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 148 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 32mg cholesterol, 423mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • stonesoul
    Dec 15, 2020

    My mother made tomato soup like this and it was always a favorite. Only difference she heated the milk before adding it to the tomatoes so as soon as the milk went in, it was ready to eat. She also sometimes used just tomato juice, depending on how many jars of tomatoes verses juice she had. Perfect for a cold winter night.

  • Heather
    Sep 9, 2020

    I thought I was the only one that loved tomato soup like this. So much like my Grandma made!!! She didn’t use the garlic, more pepper, and she always added some butter. Perfect in every way!!! I will add a disclaimer, if you are expecting the thick, creamy tomato soup like you find in the super market you will be disappointed. This is a both like tomato soup that depression era grannies make. It’s simple and light and fabulous!

  • Donna
    Sep 6, 2020

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  • Michelle
    Jul 20, 2020

    Made with 2 cans of stewed tomatoes like suggested, but only 3 cups of milk, and no garlic salt. Added more pepper than suggested and was very good. Just like I remember growing up.

  • Diane
    Jun 23, 2020

    This recipe is very much like the soup that my Granny used to make. The difference is that she added one medium diced potato with the tomatoes and cooked until soft before adding the rest of the ingredients. Because my family likes spicy food I use two small cans of Rotel in place of the plain tomatoes. We serve it with crusty bread for dipping.

  • Kay
    May 22, 2020

    This recipe is so bland, tasteless and gross, it deserves 0 stars ! I hate when someone submits a recipe and then seeds the reviews with some phoney 5 stars reviews. What a colossal waste of a can of tomatoes and a quart of milk !!

  • sugarkisses114
    Feb 19, 2020

    I was raised on this style tomato soup. My grandmother was the only one that seem to be able to make it without the milk curdling. She used her own home canned tomatoes and I just loved it.

  • Darlie74
    Oct 28, 2019

    Oh my gosh, I grew up with this tomato soup. I don't know of anyone else that I know has had this. I don't put garlic salt in mine, otherwise its the same. Some times I use half and half, but don't use too much. I use home grown heirloom tomato's so I skin them and then cook them until well done. Homegrown give you a much better flavor and slightly sweet. I made this soup several time this summer. I have several packages of frozen tomatoes that I will use this winter.

  • Rabid_Monkey202
    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."

    May 14, 2013

    Great lunch for late workers.