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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).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: 2 cups of home-canned or freshly stewed tomatoes with liquid can be substituted for canned tomatoes.

Nutritional 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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Rabid_Monkey202 User ID: 5374101 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.""

ACBABSL User ID: 7262403 13236
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"Great lunch for late workers."

MissDeborah User ID: 5738990 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 User ID: 1826861 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 User ID: 1826861 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 User ID: 2493786 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 User ID: 3327704 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 User ID: 4266933 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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