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Sep 20, 2006 04:52 PM

Best canned tomato soup

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

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    1. re: andlulu

      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.

      1. re: MollyGee

        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).

        1. re: foggy

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

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

        1. re: amkirkland

          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.

          1. re: ipsedixit

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

        2. re: ipsedixit

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

          1. re: Candy

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

            1. re: Candy

              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.

              1. re: eimac

                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.

            2. re: ipsedixit

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

              1. re: prunefeet

                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.

              2. re: ipsedixit

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

                1. re: mellycooks

                  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.

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

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                1. re: shaebones

                  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!

                2. 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. 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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                    1. re: Michele4466

                      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.

                      1. re: JudiAU

                        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.