Winter Weather & Tomato Soup

If you are familiar with the West Monroe area, then you already know how the weather has been over the last 4 days..rainy, cold, and nasty. The kind of weather that makes you want to hibernate all winter long and wish you didn’t have to leave the house. Well, we have to eat, people. Saturday I geared up with my raincoat and boots and headed on the trek to the grocery store to gather my supplies for the week, which happened to include tomato soup.

This tomato soup is not your typical tomato soup. It has a little something special in it and I have yet to decide what it is about it. I knew it would be the perfect meal for the cold, rainy weather we have been having (and I had to make soup for house church anyways so I decided to double the recipe).

Before I begin with the recipe, I have to give credit to where I discovered this soup. The one, the only Pioneer Woman. If you know me, then you know my obsession with her. If I could have dinner with one “famous” person she would be my person people. Here is her recipe and I am about to give it to you below, as well.

IMG_1429To begin, you need a very large pot. Not really this big.

I received this pot from my dear husband as a Christmas gift and really wanted to use it, so I did.


Next, chop up 1 white or yellow onion.


Melt 6 tablespoons of salted butter.


Throw in the onion and cook until they’re translucent.


Dump two 14.5 oz cans of crushed tomatoes in the food processor or blender if you like them smooth and non-chunky (that’s what I like). For chunky soup, go ahead and dump the 2 cans straight into the pot with the onions.


Once you have dumped the tomatoes in the pot (however you like them) go ahead and add 46 oz of tomato juice. Then, add 3-6 tablespoons of sugar to offset the acidity. I use 6 tablespoons. This may be that special ingredient, but I just haven’t decided yet.

Next, add 2 tablespoons of chicken base to the pot.


Add lots of ground black pepper. I mean LOTS!

One pinch of salt.


Stir everything to combine. Bring ALMOST to a boil, then turn off the heat.

Add 1 cup of cooking sherry (maybe this is what makes it special)?

Add 1.5 cups of heavy cream. This definitely makes it super decadent.

Add a little basil.

Stir to combine & you’re all set!

It is THAT easy. This soup falls into the most delicious under the easy category.


All that is missing is your grilled cheese sandwich.

Tomato soup isn’t tomato soup without a grilled cheese sandwich.




6 Tablespoons Melted Butter

1 Whole Medium Onion, Diced

1 Bottle (46 oz.) of Tomato Juice

2 Cans (14 oz.) Diced Tomatoes

1-2 Tablespoons Chicken Base

3-6 Tablespoons of Sugar

1 Pinch of Salt

Black Pepper to Taste

1 Cup of Cooking Sherry

1.5 Cups of Heavy Cream

Chopped Fresh Basil (Add Parsley if Desired)


8 thoughts on “Winter Weather & Tomato Soup

  1. Kentucky Angel says:

    I am so making this. I once had a recipe that made about 10 gallons of tomato soup, but that was for canning it. So good, and I probably canned 50 quarts that summer, but I’ve lost the recips, and no longer need 50 quarts a year, just a quart a week all winter. This is easy enough to make every week, along with the grilled cheese sandwich, of course. Thank you for sharing. I love Rhee also.


  2. Thanks for sharing and will definitely have to give it a try. My husband & I love grilled cheese and tomato soup. I’ve only made homemade tomato soup one time and that was without a recipe.


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