| 03.17.2018

Homestyle Tomato Soup

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Brita Olson | Crumbs

Courtesy of my mother and 4 B’s Restaurant where she got her recipe, I bring you the ultimate comfort food. I’ve never been able to understand the attraction of store-bought tomato soup. Mmmm… straight from the can? It’s not for me, because I know it can be so much better.  I have to admit, the key is probably the cream. My mother uses half and half, which does the trick and is a bit less rich. She’s not quite Paula Dean, but her food still sure does taste good. From my childhood to your kitchen, here’s a little bit a home-style comfort. Side with a grilled cheese sandwich or enjoy on its own.


  • 32 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 9 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 ounce butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onion (add some extra if you like)
  • 1 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups cream (or half and half)


  1. Mix tomatoes, chicken broth, butter, sugar, onions and soda.
  2. Simmer 1 hour.
  3. Heat cream separately in a double boiler (or microwave).
  4. Add cream to the hot tomato mixture.
  5. Serve and feel the comfort.


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