- 3 (14 1/2-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained
- 2 cups water
- 1 thin slice of onion
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 12 whole peppercorns
- 4 whole cloves
- 1 bay leaf
- Fresh parsley sprigs (optional)
- Combine all ingredients, except parsley, in a medium saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat; strain liquid into container, and discard tomatoes, onion, and whole spices. Serve soup hot or cold. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
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