Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


6 servings (1-1/2 quarts)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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
Old-Fashioned Tomato Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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, optional
  • 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, if desired, salt. 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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