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Cream Of Tomato Soup Recipe


This particular cream of tomato soup recipe is pretty old, its the one my Mother always made for us and her mother before that…. and so on. You can omit the spices and use herbs like basil and thyme if desired, but try it with the sweet spices at least once. It’s really good.

2 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped. I used canned or home canned because you really want to tomatoes to be cooked and soft. If you have fresh tomatoes, just let them simmer til they are soft and then use them in this soup.

2 thin slices onion
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2 T butter
2 T plain flour
2 cups milk

First combine the tomatoes, onion and seasonings in a medium saucepan, simmer 10 minutes, then strain, save the tomatoes and onions for the soup. There is usually not much juice, but if there is more than say, 1/2 cup, save it for another recipe like vegetable soup. If there is less than 1/2 cup you can use it in the soup along with the tomatoes. Use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the tomatoes and onions.

What you will do next is make a basic white sauce. In another saucepan, heat the butter til melted. Add the flour and stir til golden and cooked. Whisk in the milk.
Slowly add the pureed tomatoes to the white sauce, check for seasonings and adjust. Serve hot. We like homemade garlic croutons with our tomato soup.

This recipe makes about 5 cups of soup. 

To can this soup, omit the flour, butter and milk and can it in quart jars for 15 minutes at 10 pounds of pressure.  It is easily multiplied and is basically like canning tomatoes just with all the spices and herbs included. 

To use it, open a jar and heat the soup in a large sauce pan.  Add 2 Tablespoons of butter to the soup while it heats. 

Mix 2 Tablespoons of flour to 2 cups of milk a little at a time and blend well until there are no lumps. 

Put some of the hot soup into the milk/flour mixture and stir it well, add more hot soup to the mixture, then add all of the milk/flour/soup mixture to the pan of soup and stir and cook til it is thick. 


  1. Millie

    I made this soup on Saturday night. We had it with grilled cheese on sourdough. It was so good. Everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Sylvia

    Millie and Sonya, I hope you enjoy the soup and come back to let me know how you liked it or if you have any suggestions on how to make it better!


  3. Sonya Hemmings

    Sylvia—This soup sounds really good! I’m going to try it! Thank you for sharing it.

  4. Millie

    Thank you for posting this recipe. My family loves tomato soup. I’ve never seen this version with the white sauce in it.

    • Sylvia

      Millie, I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for coming by to let me know.