Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
40 Mins
Cool Time
10 Mins
Makes 11 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat; add garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until slightly golden. Stir in crushed tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat 30 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool 10 minutes.

Step 2

Process mixture, in small batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Return mixture to Dutch oven.

Step 3

Stir in half-and-half, and simmer, stirring occasionally, over low heat until thoroughly heated; stir in ground red pepper. Garnish, if desired.

Step 4

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Spice Islands Savory Tomato Pasta Sauce Blend.

Ratings & Reviews

Janus42's Review

December 12, 2011
I made this for Christmas Eve dinner last year and even people who said they didn't like tomato soup LOVED this! Not sure what that says about it other than it was fantastic. I didn't change a thing.

rcaakk's Review

December 20, 2010
I made this for our Gourmet Group's Christmas dinner soup course. I made one and a half recipes, and used a 14 ounce can of chicken broth and a 10 ounce can of condensed chicken broth, undiluted, for richer flavor. I used a full packet of Lawry's spaghetti sauce mix. I made Christmas tree shaped croutons sprinkled with parsley and placed one in each bowl atop the shredded Parmesan cheese. The soup was very good and got rave reviews.

RebeccaA48's Review

December 25, 2009
Outstanding - it was the hit of our Christmas Eve dinner! We prepared the recipe through the end of the second paragraph (processing and returning to the Dutch oven) in the early afternoon, and then waited until 30 minutes before dinner to finish. We used fat free plain yogurt in lieu of the half and half, reheated and served with both grated Parmesan and chives. The ground red pepper adds just enough zing. We’ll do this one again!

adicus's Review

September 27, 2009
Absolutely delicious! I roasted my own peppers, instead of using ones from a jar. Loved it! Will definitely make again.

ashepheard's Review

December 30, 2008
Everyone raved about this soup at Christmas Dinner. I would definitely make it again for my family and for special meals