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Simple Tomato Soup (Campbell’s Copycat)

Simple Tomato Soup (Campbell’s Copycat)

It’s cold today. COLD. Twenty degrees F, to be exact. It’s soup weather! Last night when I served this, it was six degrees, and “felt like” eighty gazillion below zero(that last fact has not been verified by anyone but me). And what’s more comforting and hearty than tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on the side? Well, I’m sure everyone has their favorite, but for me, this one’s right up there at the top of the list! My family loves Campbell’s Tomato Soup, but I haven’t bought any in a long time because it has high fructose corn syrup. No one needs that. So I grabbed some stuff and made my own.

Looking at the ingredients on the CS can, you’ll see tomato puree, water, HFCS, wheat flour, salt, vegetable oil, flavoring, ascorbic acid and citric acid. Not hard to duplicate, but that soup has that certain something, doesn’t it? I dropped the flour, salt and oil, and the two acids. “Flavoring” came in the use of vegetable stock instead of water, and a bit of garlic powder, because garlic makes everything better. What you’re left with is a velvety soup with hints of vegetables, and that telltale hint of sweet that you get from the corn syrup they use.

Penguins love tomato soup, did you know? But they'd probably ask for a grilled fish sandwich instead.

Give it a taste after you add the butter, and I’m pretty sure you won’t need salt--I didn’t need any. If you find it too velvety, add another 1/2 cup of broth, and up to 1/2 cup more if you feel you want it thinner. I’m biased, of course, but I thought it was perfect as is. Our grilled cheese sandwiches were simply Black Forest ham, sharp cheddar and thinly sliced tomatoes. A match made in comfort food heaven!

Simple Tomato Soup (Campbell's Copycat)

Simple Tomato Soup (Campbell's Copycat)

Makes just about 9 cups (2 1/4 quarts)

1 (26 oz) box of Pomi Strained Tomatoes (you can use a 28 oz can if you can't find Pomi)
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
5 cups vegetable broth
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp butter

In a medium soup pot, heat the strained tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable broth, garlic powder and sugar over low- medium heat. Stir occasionally to make sure that the tomato paste and sugar are dissolving.

When the paste and sugar are incorporated, add the butter and stir till melted. Serve in mugs with grilled cheese sandwiches and some kind of cheesy cracker, because that's the law.

Store any leftovers in the fridge.

Simple Tomato Soup (Campbell's Copycat)



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The soup tastes super and is made in a jiffy. Best for very cold winter days.

January 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLakshmi Venkatesh

mmm mmm good!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

I'm making this tonight for dinner. We LOVE tomato soup in our house, and this is just simple enough to make it perfect for a quick weeknight dinner with grilled cheese sandwiches! :)

Your penguin crackers are ADORABLE btw!

I love homemade tomato soup and yours looks wonderful. Absolutely perfect for the cold days we are having right now. Those little penguin crackers are so adorable and fun, too!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy (Savory Moments)

Oh my gosh that looks good.... yes, perfect for the weather we've been having.... I'll verify the 80 gazillion below (or at least ZERO at 430am this morning when I let the dogs out). I think this might be dinner tonight too....been going very light on the dinners this week after the holidays. Cathy over at Noble Pig did a post on New Years for a Bloody Mary garnished with (of all things!) tater tot skewers and peppered bacon... I cant help but think that would be fantastic with this too.... either that or some roasted garlic ciabatta bread made into garlic bread and sprinkled with some parm or asiago & melted...

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJen B.

Thank you all!

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Jen! Tater tots and bacon, yes! I can see it now. And I'm putting it on the menu again this weekend, I think. Thanks for the idea!

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Thank you, Amy! I happened to find them with the goldfish. They're good, too.

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Mmmmm, mmmmm, good! That cup of soup is perfection! And the penguins? Where did you find them?

I cannot wait to get home and start whipping up soups - like this one!!!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Denise, thank you! I was at Walmart picking up chips and snacks for the kids before Christmas break, and I found the penguins near the goldfish. My youngest loves penguins, so I had to get them.

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Simmering on the stove right now....btw LOVE the snowman mugs!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen b.

Thanks, Jen! My husband got the mug for me in North Conway last winter. I love it! Let me know how you like the soup, please? :)

January 4, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

LOVED IT!!! none of that gelatinous/slimy feel of the canned stuff... hubby even liked it and asked if there was leftovers to have again over the weekend... that's HUGE- he usually likes what he's used to (ie the canned stuff) and doesnt like to try something different! Definately make it with the garlic bread "croutons" with the melted cheese... fabulous for dunking! ! Thanks Elle! BTW making the cosmic brownies again this weekend ...2 separate requests yesterday from coworkers for them. :-)

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjen b.

Jen, thank you! I'm so happy that you and your husband enjoyed it--that makes my month, seriously. I'm liking the garlic cheesy bread idea, too! Thanks again.

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElle

This looks YUMMY! I am sooooo gonna make this next week.
Two questions: first, how do you think this would taste with chicken stock? Second, wherever did you get those adorable crackers?? xos

January 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSusieR

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Thanks, Susie! I think it would be great with chicken stock! That makes so many things taste better. The crackers? Walmart.

January 5, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

I love the idea of a campbell's copycat! Perfect for a cold winter day :)

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermegan @ whatmegnasmaking

Elle, it was AMAZING! I followed your recipe exactly, using Better Than Bullion Vegetable Stock to make the veggie stock, and added about a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice (the only thing I added that you didn't). Before serving, I put a thin slice of butter and a quick grind of fresh black pepper in the bottom of our soup mugs, then ladeled on the tomatoey goodness. I added a few spicy mini-saltines that I made earlier and we also had a grilled cheese to dunk into the soup, but make no mistake, the star of our lunch was that soup. Totally, absolutely delicious!

January 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie-B

Thank you so much, Lizzie! I appreciate you letting me know. I'm going to try the lemon juice next time - it must brighten the flavor up!

January 6, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Hi Elle,

I just wanted to mention that the tomato soup was a HUGE hit today at my daughter's preschool. In fact, I just got an email from one of the other moms, asking for the recipe. :) Thanks for helping to make my first time cooking for them such a success! And I'm definitely never going to buy another can of tomato soup after this. I'm definitely going to have to peruse more recipes on your site to see what else gets my mouth watering.

Thank you, Tiffany! That's what I love to hear. Makes my week!

January 8, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

I can't wait for it to get that cold here. not that i need an excuse to make a frothy, creamy soup, but just b/c it would taste so much better and i'd have an excuse to stay in! one of our local grocery stores has the most amazing tomato soup i think i've ever had. no lie. it's amazing. they store makes it themselves and sell it for about $4 for 4 servings. Love, love, love. It's so good I actually don't need to make my own! :)

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBren

Hi Bren! We have a great little market just a couple minutes away that makes delicious soups, too. Makes a great quick lunch or dinner when you're not in the mood to cook or make a huge pot of soup.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElle

I like this version a lot better than mine. It's not much different but I like the idea of tomato paste and garlic powder. Will have to try this next time I make a batch.

January 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I just had some for dinner Lisa! I wish I could beam a mug over to you.

January 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

I made this a few nights ago and it was delicious and I've already bought the ingredients for another batch! I used 1/2 can of chicken broth to supplement the vegetable broth but I think I may leave that out next time to make the soup a little thicker. I added mini pasta shells and shredded cheese along with saltines. The whole family loved it.

January 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelody S

Melody, thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you are happy with it. I am on my third batch already. It's comfort in a mug. A hug in a mug, haha! Thank you for letting me know. I appreciate it!

January 13, 2013 | Registered CommenterElle

Hi Elle, I am a first-time drop in visitor who found your blog after doing a search for New England blogs. It was amazing to find that you live in the state, NH, where we hope to relocate once we sell our VA eastern shore home (dubbed the Frog & PenguINN by us). And then I found this post with the tomato soup recipe and the penguin crackers...when I had also been thinking of making tomato soup ! We hope to relocate to Nashua as our 2 grandchildren live in RI which is sadly a 10 hr drive from our present home. Please feel free to stop in anytime as we like back door visitors too!

January 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeatrice

Shared on Twitter! https://twitter.com/RJFlamingo/status/297410912913072129

February 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRenee J. (RJ Flamingo)

This is perfect! I try and avoid canned, processed food as much as possible. It is not good for you, full of ingredients you shouldn't be eating and my husband has celiac disease so that leaves alot out that we can't eat anyways. This is perfect as there is no flour! Thank you!

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

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