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Best canned tomato soup

amkirkland Sep 20, 2006 04:52 PM

I like a chunky soup and have found the progresso hearty tomato and Amy's Organic low-fat cream of tomato to be very satisfying canned tomato soups... though a little harsh and acidic, like most. Which canned tomato soups have you been particularly impressed by. (straight from the can, no suggestions for additions please)

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    andlulu Sep 20, 2006 05:03 PM

    It's actually in a box, but it's Pacific Roasted Red Pepper & TOMAto - it's delicious!

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      MollyGee Sep 21, 2006 04:53 PM

      I'll have to give that a try. I really like Pacific's Organic Creamy Tomato soup. Far and away the best "canned" (yep, box) tomato soup I've had.

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        foggy Sep 21, 2006 11:20 PM

        I second the Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup. I picked it up by mistake at Trader Joe's (thought I was grabbing a box of Pacific's Organic Creamy Tomato - my second favorite soup).

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          andlulu Sep 21, 2006 11:28 PM

          I love the plain tomato from Pacific but the RRP & tomato is sooo good.

    2. ipsedixit Sep 20, 2006 05:20 PM


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        amkirkland Sep 20, 2006 07:15 PM

        Hmmm... interesting. I can't stand Campbell's. What's the draw?

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          ipsedixit Sep 20, 2006 07:23 PM

          Basic, good solid tomato flavor.

          No extra, gratuitous distractions with spices and what not.

          Makes for a good base for things like homemade croutons, Pepperidge Farm goldfish, animal crackers, and even fried, wasabi-coated peas.

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            theotherhalfofdh Sep 21, 2006 09:13 PM

            I second that. It is less expensive than most too. Never buy the supermarket brand though.

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          Candy Sep 20, 2006 08:23 PM

          Campbells made with half and half instead of water and a pat of butter floating on top. Childhood/nursery comfort food.

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            macca Sep 21, 2006 01:51 PM

            Yup- with lots and lots of pepper, and croutons- served with a grilled cheese sandwich, of course.

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              eimac Sep 23, 2006 01:23 AM

              I thought I was the only person who loves butter floating on my Campbell's tomato soup. Crush a handful of Ritz crackers (only Ritz will do) in it and I am 6 years old again.

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                jfood Oct 5, 2006 12:54 AM

                OMG, stick a fork in me, I am done with a can of Campbell's made with 3/4 C of milk, with crumbled Ritz crackers. Put a crispy outside, melted inside grilled yellow American on white from a buttered pan and Jfood looks like a dog ready to gett his belly rubbed.

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              prunefeet Sep 20, 2006 09:08 PM

              I like campbell's sometimes when I'm feeling nostalgic, but other times it's just way too sweet for me.

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                jillp Sep 20, 2006 09:18 PM

                It's too sweet for me, too, so when it's something I can't avoid eating (i.e. lunch at my mother's) I add some vinegar to it.

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                  prunefeet Sep 21, 2006 01:49 PM


              2. re: ipsedixit
                mellycooks Sep 28, 2006 12:26 AM

                I just wish they wouldn't use HFCS! That takes this comfort food off my list.

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                  stella5 Oct 4, 2006 11:23 PM

                  In reply to mellycooks, me too! I have totally given up anything with the fake high-fructose corn syrup in it, so I've had to say good-bye to my beloved Campbell's tomato soup which I have loved my whole life. The HFCS is the second ingredient!!
                  I just bought my first Pacific Creamy Tomato and it was excellent. I'm gonna try the roasted pepper one too.

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                shaebones Sep 20, 2006 05:32 PM

                TJ's roasted red pepper and tomato soup. Its amazing. (in a carton)

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                  mielimato Sep 22, 2006 10:06 PM

                  Absolutely! And I don't even like tomato soup! It is the best to make tortilla soup. Throw in some cooked chicken, cilantro, avocado, veggies, and tortilla strips and it is a meal. Yum!

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                  aelph Sep 20, 2006 08:27 PM

                  Campbell's is okay in a pinch, however, while being highly suspicious of celebrity branding, I quite enjoy "Wolfgang Puck's" country tomato & basil as well as "his" "organic" tomato soup.

                  I also recently had a good experience with Muir Glen's canned tomato soup after a bitter, tart, first try some months before.

                  1. Michele4466 Sep 20, 2006 08:48 PM

                    Campbell's "Old Fashioned Tomato Rice"

                    My all-time favorite, I still eat. It reminds me of my mom and is my ultimate comfort food. I make it with milk, not water and I agree, it has a good solid tomato taste...

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                      JudiAU Sep 23, 2006 12:36 AM

                      Old Fashioned Tomato Rice is an old comfort food for me, much better than regular tomato or bisque. I make it will all milk too. Hard to find these days...

                      I also like the Heinz imported Cream of Tomato.

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                        JudiAU Mar 7, 2009 06:32 PM

                        Wished I had tried some of the suggestions on this thread years ago when it started. I can't really take the sweetness of Campbell's any more and I won't buy products with HFCS.

                        It turns out that I really like both of the Amy's Organic varieties. Tastes like I remember Campbell's tasting when I was kid. Less sweet tasting.

                    2. krissywats Sep 20, 2006 09:03 PM

                      I actually think that Wolfgang's is really good. If you live around NYC and can get freshdirect, while it's not canned but packaged, their pre-made tomato soup is better than any I've had - even better than any homemade i've had. Wonderful stuff.

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                        Mill City Modern Sep 21, 2006 03:24 PM

                        When I want a quality chunky tomato soup, I make it myself. When I want tomato from a can, it's straight to the Campbell's. Hot tomato soup served with a slightly burned grilled cheese sandwich is my absolute favorite comfort food.

                        1. phofiend Sep 21, 2006 03:59 PM

                          Campbell"s reconstituted with V8 juice and a spoonful of Sriracha. Oh, and a tuna fish sandwich. Yum. Time for lunch!

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                            weez Sep 21, 2006 04:22 PM

                            I stick with Campbells, too, made with milk, pepper and a few dashes of Tabasco. Burnt grilled cheese on the side of course. And am I the ONLY one who puts mayonnaise on my grilled cheese? Friends who see me do that think I'm crazy.

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                              cu2mytuis Nov 24, 2010 06:25 AM

                              No you're not the only one-----miracle whip here on grilled cheese.....love it!

                            2. amkirkland Sep 21, 2006 09:06 PM

                              So I'm gonna have to revisit campbell's, maybe it's not as bad as i remember.

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                                Michele4466 Sep 21, 2006 09:40 PM

                                You really should...for some reason it tastes so good...

                                I always had it with a tuna sandwich but a grilled cheese is second to that... My mom also made the best tuna salad... no one could compare and I still try to recreate her perfect mix.

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                                  amkirkland Sep 21, 2006 11:13 PM

                                  I think I may crush some whole canned tomatoes in some campbell's and add a little fresh basil. If it's as good as you all say then I'll certainly save some money when the temperature dips down to the tomato soup and grilled cheese zone.

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                                    Michele4466 Sep 23, 2006 01:14 PM

                                    It doesn't compare to adding more tomatoes but there are small bits of tomato in there that make it seem less "canned" (kinda, sorta LOL) but that sounds like a terrific idea and I love fresh basil, plus you can expand the servings you get from the can...

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                                      mwright Oct 5, 2006 02:13 PM

                                      My father always added thin slices of quickly-fried onions (still slightly crisp) to his solitary lunchtime bowl of Campbell's tomato.
                                      Like the idea of making it with V-8 -- I'll try it for lunch!

                                2. mamamia Sep 21, 2006 10:51 PM

                                  Yep, Campbells with milk and pepper. The pepper seems to cut some of the sweetness. Nothing is better than a bowl with grilled cheese in the winter or when the weather is gloomy.

                                  Weez: I only eat grilled cheeses with butter. No mayo. Just a little bit of butter on the "cheese side" of the bread.

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                                    hummingbird Sep 22, 2006 02:34 AM

                                    Progresso tomato basil, not chunky though.

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                                      fryrose Sep 22, 2006 02:45 AM

                                      If you haven't had the Campbell's tomato soup in a long time, get the special request which has the same flavor but a third less salt. I loved Campbells as a kid but as an adult, it is over my salt tolerance. I don't know if this is just me or not. Darn, now I want a grilled cheese made with Velveeta and soup! talk about childhoood comfort food.

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                                        amkirkland Sep 22, 2006 03:36 PM

                                        I had a roomie who ate that stuff like his grandpa owned the company, and I ridiculed it heartlessly. I'm afraid I'm gonna end up having to seek forgiveness.

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                                          DiveFan Sep 30, 2006 03:32 AM

                                          Nope, it's not just you. Between the excess saltiness, sweetness and national-brand inflated price I can't take it either (like all C* soups). Go with the organic/natural brands or make it yourself from canned and drained whole tomatoes and half & half.

                                        2. Emme Sep 22, 2006 02:45 AM

                                          Campbell's made with milk, and Ritz crackers on the side... and then in it.

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                                            mamamia Sep 23, 2006 01:34 AM

                                            We used to crumble saltines in ours.

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                                            dubedo Sep 23, 2006 12:30 AM

                                            Amy's Organic Cream of Tomato. It's the only canned tomato soup I've tried that isn't too sweet for me. It really hits the spot, with a grinding of black pepper and some parmesan or pecorino cheese. Add a side of focaccia with arugula on top and you have my favorite lunch . . . whoa I'm making myself hungry. I like most of the Amy's soups I've tried, actually (black bean, lentil).

                                            My boyfriend served me Campbell's Tomato with Rice (his favorite) the other night, and I humored him, but . . . I don't really get much tomato taste. And it's so orange! Reminded me more of V8.

                                            The Wolfgang Puck chunky tomato bisque is not bad, but not as good as Amy's, and expensive!

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                                              Michele4466 Sep 23, 2006 01:19 PM

                                              Really? You did not get "tomato" flavor from the "Old Fashioned Tomato Rice"? It is all tomato. at least to me and some others, it may not be gourmet :-) but, definitely all tomato, it even has tomato bits in it... Was it made with water or milk? I think that may make a big difference...As you can tell from my posts above, I love it...since childhood and I still eat it now, especially during my pregnancy... I have a cupboard filled with it right now... :-)

                                              Try again, just for the goof made with milk and a grilled cheese or tuna salad sandwich, the ultimate commfort meal...

                                              BTW: I also like Amy's and Puck too but not the tomato.

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                                              snowman Oct 2, 2006 11:05 PM

                                              Open the can, put in a saucepan with just a little water to keep from burning (just a little) heat up and eat. It's the best!

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                                                rainey Oct 2, 2006 11:20 PM

                                                Ah! I see we're kindred spirits.

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                                                beachmouse Oct 2, 2006 11:11 PM

                                                Another Puck tomato soup fan here. I find grilled cheese sandwiches too greasy, so I'll slice some sharp cheddar, put it on top of a nice hearty bread, and dip it in the soup so the bread soaks up the soup, and the cheese gets just a little melty.

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                                                  rainey Oct 2, 2006 11:20 PM

                                                  It's a little more trouble but it doesn't take that much more time. I put some chopped onion and garlic in some olive oil in a tall pan. I sauté them. I add a can of diced tomatoes and I whirl it smooth with my hand blender. Then I add another can of diced tomatoes, some water, a splash of balsamic, some chopped parsley & basil and season it with a healthy pinch of sugar, some ground black pepper and salt to taste.

                                                  You can do the same thing with roasted fresh tomatoes in the summer but, canned or fresh, it really has a nice bright flavor. I was paying $6 qt. for very much the same thing at Whole Foods. I'm thinking this version can be made with what's in my pantry and probably most pantries for $2 and 10 minutes.

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                                                    DanielleM Oct 3, 2006 01:38 AM

                                                    Someone mentioned Amy's Old fashioned tomato -- as a tomato soup lover, I absolutely LOVE Amy's Organic chunky tomato bisque. It isn't classic tomato soup, but it's delicious.

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                                                      lvecch Nov 2, 2006 03:54 AM

                                                      I recently tried Healthy Choice Creamy Tomato for the first time, and it's pretty good - slightly less sweet than Campbell's and Progresso, and with a deeper tomato taste.

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                                                        Toolchick101 Nov 2, 2006 02:35 PM

                                                        La Madeleine's Tomato Basil Soup (they have it in their restaurant and they jar it and sell it) http://lamadeleine.speedfc.com/detail... If you are interested. Very good--it's more creamy than acidic and it's got great flavor.

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                                                          Scampi Nov 2, 2006 02:49 PM

                                                          Put me down for Campbell's, but I also like Progresso Tomato Basil.

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