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Old Fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup

What does a cold wintry day call for but a good bowl of soup?  This soup is 'naturally' gluten free.

 I was invited to my friend, Dorothy's house for lunch some months ago and she served me a lovely tomato soup.
 I had not had tomato soup for a long time and found her's so tasty, I asked her for the recipe.
She told me that years ago she and her husband had been travelling and stopped in a town they were not familiar with and asked someone for a good place to have lunch.  They were told that they had to go to  4B's because they were known for their excellent tomato soup.
They took the advice and did enjoy the soup, so much that Dorothy asked for the recipe.
Contrary to many restaurants that refuse to share their recipes, this place was so happy to share, that they had pre-printed recipe cards for those who asked.   This restaurant is closed now, but my friend still had an original card and was happy to give it to me - the one pictured in the above photo.

The recipe is as follows ...

  •  1 tbsp. chicken base paste (I used a chicken bullion cube - make sure it is gluten free if you are on a gluten free diet.) 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 oz. butter (1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp sugar 
  • 1 tbsp chopped onion 
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 15 oz. diced tomatoes (pureed) 
  • 1 16 ox. can crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz. (1 cup) whipping cream
  • 8 oz. liquid coffee creamer (I used milk) 
  1. Combine chicken base, water, butter, chopped onion and sugar
  2. Simmer until onions are clear
  3. Add tomatoes, baking soda and stir well. 
  4. Add cream, milk and heat to serve. 
Serve with crackers and a salad - and you have a meal that satisfies. 


  1. Well, I guess you can't really go wrong with any recipe that has a cup of whipping cream. :)

  2. This soup sounds really good and I have all the stuff - will make --do you have to use the whipping cream

    1. I think using half and half would be fine... it would have a different flavour if the dairy was left out.

  3. Could vegetable base be substituted for the chicken base?

    1. Yes.. i would think vegetable broth would be great

  4. Made this tonight for supper, exactly as above. It was so easy/quick to put together, and absolutely delicious!

    1. Thank you, Robin... We so appreciate comments after recipes are tried !

  5. This recipe sounds really good and I am going to try it. I have always wanted to know how to make my own. I usually use canned tomato soup because of my work schedule, 12 to 15 hour work days. I like to have a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup. Maybe that is an American thing.

  6. Wow another tomato soup recipe from your blog, don't know if I dare to try it, love your tomato soup recipe that was shared on here a while back, my family will not eat the can stuff now. Can this be just as good as yours......oh my goodness.

  7. I made this and it was really good except a bit too sweet. I even cut the sugar to 1 1/2 Tbsp. I will definitely make this again but with 2 tsp of sugar instead of 2 Tbsp. Very fast and easy!

  8. I made this today. Its a good very basic tomato soup (tastes similar to canned soup). But I think I miss the flavours of basil in other homemade tomato soups that I have made, in the past. I also found the frothy results of the baking soda to be unusual to have in the soup.


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