Struggling with what to do with the last of your tomato crop from your summer garden?

homemade tomato soup
The last of our tomatoes from this year’s garden.

Homemade tomato soup is a great way to finish off your tomatoes. It can provide you with a healthy meal in the middle of winter or a quick option when you are recovering from those back to school or wintertime colds!  When coupled with a grilled cheese sandwich (aka toasted cheese as Jim calls them), your meal can be ready in less than 5 minutes.

The health benefits of homemade tomato soup are plentiful.  It contains key ingredients that help to improve your health — vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which are all needed to sustain good health.  Tomatoes and tomato soup also contain antioxidants which work to protect cells from free radical damage.   By making the soup yourself, you are using fresh ingredients and can cut the salt content significantly than the varieties you find in store-bought soup.  Finally, tomatoes have a high vitamin C content which is needed to help absorb iron. These particular vitamins and minerals are important to women with osteoporosis and iron-deficiency anemia.

If you really want to know what goes into the food that you eat.  What better way to be sure than to make it yourself!

 

homemade tomato soup
Homemade Tomato Soup simmering before canning.

Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe
6 onions, chopped
1 stalk of celery, chopped
8 quarts fresh tomatoes (or 5-6 quarts of juice)
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons  salt
1 Tablespoon crushed black pepper
1 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:
1. Chop onions and celery.
2. Place in large stockpot with just enough water to keep them from burning.
3. While this simmers, cut tomatoes (remove stems if not using strainer).
4. Add to pot and cook until tender.
5. Place this all through strainer or food mill
6. Reserve 2 cups of juice and chill

7.Add remaining juice back into the pot
8. Add sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice and heat until warm (not boiling)
9. Cream butter and flour together and mix thoroughly with two cups of COLD juice, until dissolved (or blend together in a blender), to avoid lumps of flour in the juice.
10. Add butter/flour mixture to warmed tomato juice. (Add before it’s hot, to avoid lumps of flour!).
11. Stir well.
12. Heat just until hot. (If it gets to a boil, it can make the flour lumpy).
13. Just prior to boiling, turn off the burner. (It will continue to thicken as it cools.).
This recipe is great fresh or you can freeze some for later – either way – it’s a great way to use up those summer tomatoes.

To serve, mix equal parts tomato concentrate to milk, and add 1/2 t. of baking soda per pint as it cooks (1 t. per quart).

***For an extra creamy soup, Wes, our 15 year old,  likes to substitute the milk for half and half.

Homemade Tomato Soup - Fresh or Frozen
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Ingredients
  1. 6 onions, chopped
  2. 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  3. 8 quarts fresh tomatoes (or 5-6 quarts of juice)
  4. 1/2 cup sugar
  5. 2 Tablespoons salt
  6. 1 Tablespoon crushed black pepper
  7. 1 cup butter
  8. 1 cup flour
  9. 1/4 cup lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Chop onions and celery.
  2. Place in large stockpot with just enough water to keep them from burning.
  3. While this simmers, cut tomatoes (remove stems if not using strainer).
  4. Add to pot and cook until tender.
  5. Place this all through strainer or food mill
  6. Reserve 2 cups of juice and chill
  7. Add remaining juice back into the pot
  8. Add sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice and heat until warm (not boiling)
  9. Cream butter and flour together and mix thoroughly with two cups of COLD juice, until dissolved (or blend together in a blender), to avoid lumps of flour in the juice.
  10. Add butter/flour mixture to warmed tomato juice. (Add before it's hot, to avoid lumps of flour!).
  11. Stir well.
  12. Heat just until hot. (If it gets to a boil, it can make the flour lumpy).
  13. Just prior to boiling, turn off the burner. (It will continue to thicken as it cools.).
  14. To serve, mix equal parts tomato concentrate to milk, and add 1/2 t. of baking soda per pint as it cooks (1 t. per quart).
Notes
  1. This recipe is great fresh or you can freeze some for later - either way - it's a great way to use up those summer tomatoes.
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25 thoughts on “Homemade Tomato Soup Recipe – Fresh Or Frozen

  • August 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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    Do you use 1 rib or 1 bunch of celery in the tomato soup recipe? Thanks

  • October 4, 2015 at 9:21 am
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    Toasted OR grilled cheese is truly complimented when ‘tween the bread you add a thin sliver of sweet onion, some crisp bacon slices, a HUGE round of beefsteak ‘mater and a slathering to your fav homemade mayonnaise!……..then ya wash that feast all down with a piping hot “Mug-O’-Homemade-‘Mater Soup!

  • August 6, 2013 at 4:59 am
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    Thanks for the ideas for how to use up these tomatoes. Here from the Barn Hop. I have a question too about the soup–can I sub GF flour. Might try it but wondered if anyone else had tried it and let you know.

    • August 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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      GF flour should work OK. Can anyone tell me whether this recipe can be processed in pint jars in a water bath or pressure canner and come out the same as if it were frozen? I’m really short of freezer space.

  • February 22, 2013 at 1:13 pm
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    Love your recipe but I have Celiac disease and cannot have any flour with gluten in it. I wonder if you recipe would work with clear jel that works with heat would work as a thickener for the soup.

  • November 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm
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    Hi there. Food on Friday: Tomatoes is open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

  • October 5, 2012 at 10:54 am
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    Thanks for linking up on ‘Or so she says…’, hope to see you again tomorrow for another round of ‘Your Great Idea’. http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  • October 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm
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    Yum, pass the tomato soup please?!

  • October 4, 2012 at 8:58 am
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    Wonderful recipe ~ all homemade ~ very creative ~ (A Creative Harbor)

  • October 2, 2012 at 9:12 pm
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    I have never canned tomato soup! Looks delicious! HOpe you will join me for ON THE MENU MONDAY and share this. Link goes up on Sunday night at 8:00!

  • October 1, 2012 at 7:58 am
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    Looks amazing!! Just found your blog via the barn hop and can’t wait to come back for more posts…Hope you have a lovely week!!

    Michele
    xoxo

    • October 1, 2012 at 8:53 am
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      So glad you found us Michele!!! Wishing you a great week as well!

  • September 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm
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    Mmmmm…this recipe with grilled cheese…heaven. I would love to have you come share your great ideas at the link party at ‘Or so she says…’, happening right now. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  • September 29, 2012 at 8:47 am
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    You must have read my mind today! The last of our tomatoes are just waiting to be processed and you’ve inspired me! I’m off to can some soup for the first time ever!
    Beth

    • October 1, 2012 at 8:53 am
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      Fantastic! You will have to let us know how it turned out!!!

  • September 29, 2012 at 2:35 am
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    We make “toasted cheese” and “grilled cheese” sandwiches at our house.
    Toasted cheese is made by toasting the bread, placing a piece of American cheese on each piece and then placing the cheese topped toast in the oven to broil until melty and a bit brown then removing, add mayo and relish and put halves together and eat. Grilled cheese is bread filled with sliced tomato and sliced cheddar cheese, butter the outer sides of the bread, place in a hot pan and brown on both sides. When cheese is melted remove to a plate and eat. Yum!

  • September 28, 2012 at 8:15 pm
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    Homemade is the best! Hope you have a happy and healthy winter!

    • October 1, 2012 at 8:51 am
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      It is so much better than store bought! Wishing you the same!

  • September 28, 2012 at 10:01 am
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    I so agree .. the best way to eat healthy food is to make it.. simple really!! Love this tomato soup i make an awful lot of this too.. all ready for winter.. c

    • September 28, 2012 at 10:12 am
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      Thanks Cecilia – and for both of us Winter will be here before we know it!

      • September 28, 2012 at 10:43 am
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        i am SO not looking forward to it! I need more time! c

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