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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 98.9
  • Total Fat: 4.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 212.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 14.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g

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Tomato Soup

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Tomato Soup

Introduction

This tomato soup is so rich and thick you'll swear it's laden with cream and butter. The trick is really good tomatoes.

This tomato soup is so rich and thick you'll swear it's laden with cream and butter. The trick is really good tomatoes.


Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 yellow or white onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 pounds tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
    1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    4 small slices white bread, crust removed
    1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    black pepper to taste

Tips

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In summer, when backyard gardens and farmers markets overflow with good tomatoes, use fresh ones. If you can't find really good tomatoes (or it's the middle of winter), use two 14.5 ounce cans of no salt-added tomatoes.


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Directions

Heat the oil in a stock pot or large saucepan.

Add the onions and garlic; saute for 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, then add the pepper, sugar, thyme and bread; cook for 3 minutes.

Puree, using an immersion blender or food processor.

If you're using an immersion blender, take care not to splatter tomatoes all over yourself!

Slowly add the stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook another two minutes.

Makes 8 one cup servings.






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  • Incredible!
    44 of 44 people found this review helpful
    I used the recipe but needed to adapt it to be gluten free. I used cooked acorn squash in this soup and served it to guests who were thrilled. The soup pot was empty. No bread, cheese or brown sugar just 2 cups squash in the blender with the stock Fabulous ! - 11/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    41 of 41 people found this review helpful
    I made this using no-salt added organic diced tomatoes instead of fresh ones (I used 2 cans) and it was very tasty! It is unlike any tomato soup I have ever tasted and pairs very well with a grilled gouda sandwich! - 5/19/10

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  • Very Good
    35 of 41 people found this review helpful
    Similar to mine. No bread, but add diced celery, carrots & parsley, a dash of Worcestershire, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves; Cook longer to reduce. For Cream of Tomato, cut stock in half and add that amount of fat-free half & half or fat-free heavy cream. Can use no-salt added diced toms or puree if needed - 8/15/10

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  • 29 of 29 people found this review helpful
    I make a simplified version of this soup that features basil as the primary herb. One thing you will need to do is to peel the tomatoes first if you want it to be very smooth. I freeze my extra tomatoes in the summer (uncooked, in large chunks, in baggies), then make this soup in the winter. - 7/15/10

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  • Incredible!
    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Used canned diced tomoatoes and it turned out great! Easy to make and it tasted so fresh. I used a regular blender and it was smooth. Next time I will leave out 1/2 a can of tomatoes and add at the end to have chunks of tomato in the soup (like Progresso Hearty Tomato). Will not go back to canned! - 10/13/10

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  • 21 of 21 people found this review helpful
    Terrific recipe--made it for lunch today. I added a handful of fresh shredded basil and a roasted red bell pepper. It was delicious. - 8/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
    This soup is really excellent. I was raised with Campbell tomato soup, but wanted a healthier alternative. The canned soups I found just didn't do the trick. This soup satisfied my comfort food craving. My family even said it was the best soup they ever tasted. - 10/25/10

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  • 13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    This is great to freeze and have on hand for a quick lunch or appetizer before dinner. - 8/16/10

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  • 10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    LOVE this soup! Try leaving out the bread and adding some lentils. I like chunky soups so didn't blend either. Yummy. Thanks so much for sharing. - 11/17/10

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  • Very Good
    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    I swapped cilantro for thyme and added roasted red peppers. Yummo! Great way to use up the end of season tomatoes. Will DEFINATELY make again. - 11/18/10

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  • Very Good
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Loved this soup. I did find it not smooth enough with my hand blender. I put it in my regular blender and then through a sieve. Very creamy and delicious. - 3/10/10

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Sounds delish! The balsamic vineagar at the end makes for an interesting variation. The other thing the Dutch do is put small cooked meat balls in the soup! - 3/11/10

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  • 7 of 9 people found this review helpful
    I love this, I have food allergies and substitute gluten multi grain crackers for bread and goat cheese for blu cheese - 3/9/10

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  • 7 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I love tomato soups generally. This sounds awesome, I shall try this one in my kitchen. Simple, easy and healthy. Thank you! - 10/14/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I used basil instead of thyme, because I grow my own. Delicious! - 8/18/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This recipe was great as written, but is so flexible you can use it as a base for a really hearty Vegetable soup. I'm going to use this recipe as the base the next time I make stew! - 2/15/11

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This is a genius way of making a think hearty soup that would normally be full of fat and empty calories. I loved it! I used canned tomatoes due to the season, but imagine it is divine with fresh tomatoes. Served with a grilled cheese, fantastic! - 3/24/10

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  • Incredible!
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I made it yesterday- I loved how rich it was from the bread, but smooth after blending it. I'm making this again!! I need to use less onion and garlic though. I think I would also take the peels off the tomatoes to make it super smooth. - 8/30/10

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  • Very Good
    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
    I will definitely use this recipe, with my home grown basil and perhaps skip the brown sugar. Never would have thought to use bread as a thickener in my tomato soup in lieu of cream. - 8/15/10

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  • 3 of 4 people found this review helpful
    right time to find this receipe . the tomotoes are in my kichen today . i was cannning and just took it one step forward and made this soup loved it . house smellled like tomotoes all day . - 8/15/10

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    This was wonderful! especially in this cold weather! a definite comfort food!! - 3/9/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    This recipe is very good as is, but I Roasted my tomatoes in the oven with a garlic clove stuffed in the middle of each one. Peel the skin off the tmatoes before adding to soup. - 8/11/11

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I really enjoyed this recipe, it was easy and quick, my only problem was the spice. It was too much for me which I should have known. I added a can of tomato paste as it didn't have very much tomato flavour for me, but it could have been my tomatoes - 9/10/10

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  • Very Good
    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Easy recipe. I didn't bother w/skinning or de-seeding the tomatoes~had fresh from our garden tomatoes, yum! used a blender instead, which worked out fine except for the volume which required doing batches. Ran out of vinegar (1/2 T), needed more pepper flakes than listed, don't like blue cheese! - 9/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Great Soup and wonderful that it is low sodium! - 8/15/10

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Oh Chef Meg.. my favorite! AND homemade ~ I will certainly be making this one and adding it to my favorites! Thank you! - 3/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Wow. I had to use a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. The combination of flavors is great! Don't omit anything, and you'll love it! Now, how to eat only one cup at a meal.....? - 8/1/13

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    NOTE for Gluten Free I suggest if your bread is denser to use only 1/2 the amount listed. I used 4 oz of Light Tapioca and the soup tastes more like tomato on bread than tomato soup. I'll definitely use less next time. - 10/10/12

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A whole lot more work than I like to do for a mediocre bowl of soup. Not blaming the recipe, but make sure you use good tomatoes. Mine were not in season and the whole thing was a bust. - 1/21/12

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Oh I can't wait to make this! LOVE soups!!! - 12/14/11

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I doubled the garlic and added basil. It was so good! - 10/12/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I found it a little sweet. Will definitely cut--or cut out--the sugar next time. This would be so easy to modify to make a tortilla soup! Very functional basic. - 7/29/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I was dubious about the bread, but it gave it just the right texture after blending. Delicious! - 9/28/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Easy to make and very good. Like the spicy red pepper flakes. - 8/26/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious, and ready in a blink! Perfect! - 8/24/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    We replaced red pepper flakes with a little cayenne pepper since that's what we had. It was a little spicier than I would've liked but that was our fault. We also added fresh basil. - 8/23/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I enjoyed the spicyness of the recipe. I made it in the crock pot to cook it a little slower and longer. - 8/21/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    i got a couple gallon bags of cherry and grape tomatoes from my neighbor and made this recipe with a few changes. I put the tomatoes through my juicer first. I didn't have white bread but I had hot dog buns so I used those but I pulverized them in my food processor first. smooth and delicious!! - 8/19/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This soup is delicous! It's a little spicy, but not overpowering. My husband and I really enjoyed it. Will make this again! Yum. - 8/18/10

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This soup is wonderful. comfort in a bowl is right. Yummy - 8/17/10

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sooooooooooo good! Never going back to canned tomato soup! - 8/15/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Really good! My whole family loved it (including teenagers!) Easy and quick, too. - 3/10/10

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  • This is a great recipe. What a great way to use my over abundant harvest of tomatoes! - 9/6/14

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  • Can you freeze this???

    I didn't rate it because I haven't tried it, but I have loads of tomatoes in the garden and thought this might be a good way to use them. - 7/31/14

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  • Loved it I had to use Red Wine Vinegar and Cayenne pepper. I'm going to try it exact next week I can't wait to use my Heirloom tomatos. - 1/18/14

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  • I like soup a little more smooth, I think it comes from only eating canned soup for the first 2 decades of my life, but the flavor was delicious. I will certainly use this recipe again, but I might run it through my blender to smooth it out a bit! Well worth the try. - 10/10/13

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  • I made this with whole grain bread instead of white, and added basil. Wonderful! My picky grandfather went back for seconds. Success! - 9/26/13

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  • Wow. I must have done something wrong. Everyone else loved this, and I thought it was kind of bland and a little thick. I know I had a little less chicken stock, so that would attribute to the thickness, but still not a fan. Maybe I'll try it again sometime to make sure I didn't screw something up! - 9/22/13

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  • great recipe
    - 9/13/13

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  • adding this to food tracker - 9/10/13

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  • I followed this recipe as a base, using canned tomatoes and no bread, less broth and no vinegar. Used a blender to puree, the soup came out yummy. Look forward to trying it with fresh tomatoes. - 8/21/13

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  • It was a little sweet for my taste. I'm going to reduce the sugar next time and add cayenne pepper instead of red pepper flakes. I put it in my blender and strained through a sieve to make it extra creamy. Thanks Chef Meg for another wonderful recipe! - 8/18/13

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  • If you wanted to play around with a soup recipe this one is amazing. I think you have to be realistic about the time frame though because it takes a whole lot more than 10 minutes to prepare. Carmelize the onions. It's worth it. Also added the butternut squash instead of bread and loved it. - 8/18/13

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  • Made it tonight and we loved it! Tomatoes fresh out of our garden. - 8/15/13

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  • Hmmm, that's how the soup gets so thick! I've always used the whole tomato and fished the skins out later. I'll try this with some fresh summer toms. - 8/15/13

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  • I've always used fresh tomatoes. This is a filling and comfort food satisfying soup., - 8/15/13

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  • This was great! - 7/9/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    White bread? Oil? Sugar? Might as well just go eat at McDonalds if you ruin the health of the food like this. Sautee in veg stock - works fine. If you MUST add sweetener, use maple syrup or Stevia. White bread?? Yuck!!! - 7/6/13

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I will be making this, to try it. The canned version's aftertaste makes me nauseous, so I don't eat it. I do have a question, though.. what does the bread do? Just give it body? Thanks. : ) - 4/6/13

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  • Yummy! i just needed tomato soup yesterday and this hit the spot. I cooked leeks and celery with the onions. Next time i may omit the balsamic vinegar because i wasn't keen on the flavor. Otherwise a keeper! - 12/3/12

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  • So thick and tasty...not hard to make and good tomatos are really important like she says. They are the main flavor. I made it exactly like recipe with crustless whole wheat bread and liked the taste and texture. - 11/29/12

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  • I guess I grew up with Campbells and although it is plain, it is what I am used to when I think of tomato soup. - 10/9/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    cannot wait to try this with our abundance of tomatoes from our garden - am not going to tell the family what I used to thinken it and will be interested in their "review"
    - 9/24/12

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  • Very easy. Nice flavor. - 9/7/12

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  • I used Ezekiel bread and no, I did not cut off the crusts. And no, I did not use the blender at all. It's Pancotta with that bread in it! I like all that texture. We've got ripe home-grown tomatoes now, lucky us! - 8/27/12

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  • I will certainly be making this again and adding it to my favorites! - 8/24/12

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  • This was really good! Even my husband, who can't stand the sight of a tomato anywhere near his plate liked it. He surprised me by tasting it and asking for a bowl. The bowl was quickly emptied and clean. Will be making this recipe again. I didn't change a thing. - 8/23/12

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  • This was a great soup. I dislike canned tomao soup but this was real good. I used a 28 oz canned diced tomatoes. I will make it again. - 8/16/12

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  • This is really good as is. I am looking forward to adjust it for different dishes. - 8/16/12

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  • I didn't use any bread or croutons but did use everything else. We loved it. - 8/15/12

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  • This is tasty! - 8/15/12

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  • Delicious!! - 8/15/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I can't wait to try this recipe! MMMM, grilled cheese and tomato soup have been a favorite since I was a child. - 8/15/12

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  • Very tasty. The bread is a great idea. - 8/15/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Must try this....sounds so good and all the people who have made it have helped me make up my mind...:) Sherri - 8/6/12

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  • I made this for lunch today with some tomatoes from the farmers market. It was great it tasted a little spicy but I think that was the red pepper flakes, I tend to be sensitive about that. I am looking forward to another bowl tomorrow and will make again probably without the red pepper Thanks Meg! - 7/28/12

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  • If you can't find really good tomatoes (or it's the middle of winter), use two 14.5 ounce cans of no salt-added tomatoes. - 7/9/12

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  • This was great! I halved the recipe (I'm the only one in my family that likes tomatoes) and planned on eating 2 big cups of soup. I was a little disappointed to find I only had 2 cups of soup total in the pot! I measured everything carefully, not sure what I did, but it was yummy! - 7/7/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have to eat gluten free. Would cornbread work for the bread? I do like the recipe though. - 5/21/12

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  • Didn't like the spicy hot from the red pepper and taste BEFORE balsamic addition much better. Used 2 dashes cayenne, half the vinegar. Next time no vinegar & small dash cayenne. My immersion blender made CHUNKS of garlic & onion & tomato skins SMOOTH as silk. Added powdered non-dairy creamer, GOOD! - 4/29/12

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  • I was so excited to try this soup, and I must say it's FANTASTIC! I left out all of the things I didn't have (most of the spices....) but I added 'rooster sauce (sorry, I can't spell Worchstershire...or.....whatever..) and It was fab!! - 4/20/12

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  • I'll make it again, but for me, I'll cut down on the sugar and pepper flakes - 4/17/12

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  • We made the soup as per the recipe. We still made a mess with the immersion blender and eventually used a regular blender. My family really liked the soup with a grilled Swiss cheese sandwich. - 4/8/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Why do you have to put bread in this soup at all? I can not eat bread and was wondering if I can omit it? - 3/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to make this and can it this coming fall with our homegrown tomatoes--then I can enjoy it all winter--yum! - 3/27/12

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  • Didn't vary from recipe but wow this was not to my liking. Might've been the balsamic, but blech. Won't do this again:( - 3/19/12

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  • I used 2 fresh romas, 1 can of diced, and 1 can of rotel. It was delicious! - 2/22/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for providing a tomato soup recipe that's relatively low in both sodium and calories! I look forward to making this soon. - 2/9/12

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    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Not bad A bit tooooooooo much for a person on there own - 2/7/12

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  • WOW, this recipe is so good. I had to use the food processor because the immersion blender just wasn't good enough. And it's great with canned tomatoes. Why buy canned tomato soup when you can have this? - 1/21/12

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  • I really like this it was easy and very good on a cold day - 1/19/12

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  • Very good! - 12/3/11

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  • incredible with or without fresh tomatoes! We have it at least once a month! - 11/22/11

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  • I made this w/o adding the bread or blending the soup (I like mine with some texture!). Instead I used the bread for a mini-grilled cheese and dipped it. YUM! - 10/26/11

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  • 2 cans of no salt tomatoes - 10/21/11

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  • I love tomato soup. This was great - 10/18/11

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  • Loved this soup. Very fresh tasting! I used 1 1/2 pounds fresh red and yellow tomatoes and one can of no-salt added diced tomatoes. Used basil instead of thyme and used chicken broth (low sodium) and 1/2 c 1% milk to instead of stock. Blended slightly since I like a chuckier soup. Loved it! - 10/16/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    why in the world would you add bread to soup just to add more carbs???? - 10/10/11

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  • Wonderful! Used up all the tomatoes that were given me. Definitely would make it again. Nice spicy kick! I had to use a bagel cuz I ran out of bread! It was nice and thick! - 9/27/11

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  • My extra tomatoes were just looking for this recipe. Now do you have anything for all those green tomatoes out there? - 9/23/11

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