Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
15 Mins
Makes about 7 cups

Canned tomato soup gets a boost in this satisfying version, served warm or cold.

How to Make It

Cook first 5 ingredients in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, 6 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Chef's Notes

Also appeared in the October 2002 issue.

Ratings & Reviews

Surprisingly good!

December 14, 2016
Reviewers either loved this or hated it, so I was a bit hesitant to try it since I tend to be someone who doesn't like "cheap-out-of-the-can" flavor.   I'm so glad I did.  While I thought it was okay for a quick soup, my guests all loved it.  I tripled the recipe and only used half the amount of tomatoes called for.  (I used the petite diced tomatoes.)  I also used basil paste (in the produce section) in the soup itself and chopped fresh basil for a garnish (along with fresh parmesan and freshly ground pepper).

dskmorehse's Review

December 05, 2014
This was one of the easiest and best received menu items at my ladies luncheon. I also made for my parents and they loved too!

NatalieNG's Review

September 28, 2014
Not bad. I suggest draining the diced tomatoes and using less than the recommended amount. The juice from it soured the flavor a little bit. I feel like this recipe has potential. homemade, cheesy croutons would be a great addition.

IEDarla's Review

March 10, 2014

drdebc's Review

June 03, 2013
I served this at a luncheon. It was easy to prepare, well received and delicious.

lucybanks2's Review

April 11, 2013
Wonderful and followed recipe !

Surfergirl42's Review

January 07, 2013
This soup was so quick and easy to make! It was super tasty and was great with grilled sandwiches. Would definitely make again, especially for a hassle free weeknight meal. Made exactly as recipe stated.

Jeanniemcg's Review

December 23, 2012
I tend to go back to this recipe. Simple, easy and a delicious tomato soup. Doesn't taste like canned to me. Fresh basil is a must.

floridagizzi's Review

July 13, 2012
It's fine I guess. Perhaps if you have a fondness for that cheap-out-of-the-can flavor you enjoyed as a child. I don't, so I will not be making this one again. Check out Ina Garten's Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup if you're looking for an actually good tomato soup recipe. You get what you pay for.

JuliaCarole's Review

June 04, 2012