February 5, 2014

Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup

My mom was a pretty picky child, apparently (although by the time I can remember, there weren't many things she refused to eat). 

One thing, however, she still doesn't like is tomatoes. 

Which means I'd never had the made-in-heaven combo of tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches until Bart's mom made it for us for lunch one rainy afternoon. 

It pretty much blew my mind with how good it was.

Since then, Bart and I have eaten many variations of that combo, but this tomato soup is, without question, our very favorite. 

In fact, it's freezing cold today, so I'm contemplating making another batch for lunch. And probably eating it all before Bart gets home from school. 

Fire-Roasted Tomato Soup
(Adapted from Cook's Country via Mel's Kitchen Cafe)

Serves 4-6

3 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, diced
2 (14.5-ounces each) cans diced tomatoes
2 (14.5-ounces each) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon brown sugar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cream or half-and-half
salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot or dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat and then add the diced onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep it from burning.

While that cooks, open three of the cans of tomatoes and drain the juice into a bowl (don't discard it!).

When the onions are soft, add the three cans of drained tomatoes, the bay leaf and the brown sugar. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every minute or two, until the excess juice has mainly cooked off and the tomatoes are sizzling.

Stir in the tomato paste and flour and cook, stirring constantly, for about two minutes, then slowly add the tomato liquid, the broth, the last can of tomatoes, the baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt, stirring. Bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat, discard the bay leaf and blend the soup (either in a blender - be careful! or with an immersion blender). I've done it totally smooth and also more chunky and I strongly prefer it a little bit chunky. Stir in the half-and-half, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

Serve immediately, preferably with grilled cheese sandwiches.


  1. Oooo.... this looks yummy. Since your recipes never fail me, I'll certainly be trying it soon! =)

  2. Wow, this looks good! My husband is a lover of tomato soup and I am definitely not, but I think this will make us both happy.

  3. That's VERY similar to my recipe, except its in the crockpot and takes literally five minutes to throw together. I should try it with fire roasted tomatoes.

  4. Yes, please!! This looks so delicious! Tomato soup with grilled cheese is one of my all time favorite comfort foods. We would always have tuna fish in our sandwiches, and on particularly gloomy days my Mom would spread out a tablecloth under our dining room table and we'd have a picnic there. Not sure why I always associate picnics under the dining room table with tomato soup and grilled cheese, but I do. :)


  5. I'm afraid I'm also one of those people who hates tomato soup. (I like raw tomatoes, though!) I suppose it's lucky for my kids that Thomas loves tomato soup with grilled cheese:)

  6. Thank you for this recipe. It is one of my favorite combinations. I am making a bunch of freezer meals for after baby. This is perfect!

  7. I made this last night! I've actually made it twice since you mentioned it in your six favorite recipes post a while back. Thanks for the recommendation to add in some fire roasted tomatoes. Yummy!

  8. This soup looks amazing! I think it's going to have to go on our menu plan for next week!


  9. When I see "fire roasted" I think "spicy". So, is it spicy? I realize we all have different spice tolerances, but how would you rank this one? And if I don't usually purchase tomatoes because I use tomatoes I home-canned, would you suggest I go purchase the fire roasted variety because using them makes all the difference in the world?

  10. I am definitely adding this to the menu. Looks great!

  11. I'm going to have to try it this way. I'm a big fan of homemade tomato soups. My favorite is this one: http://herthreadedneedle.blogspot.com/2012/10/homemade-german-tomato-soup.html

  12. This soup was delicious! I made it a couple of nights ago and only put one can of fire roasted tomatoes in because I was afraid of the spice. However, I didn't taste any spice with it, so I think next time that I will add the 2 cans. Definitely a keeper recipe!

  13. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Janssen! It may take some extra time but it is infinitely better than the canned tomato soup we all grew up with. The fire-roasted flavor really makes a difference. Even my husband, who is not a "soup person", couldn't get enough!

  14. This is beyond delicious! I never liked tomato soup when I was younger either...but this is AMAZING!

  15. This is beyond delicious! I never liked tomato soup when I was younger either...but this is AMAZING!


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