Creamy Tomato Soup

healthy tomato soup recipe

One evening, while visiting England in 1994, my father Doug took my friend Bill Potter and down a narrow hedge lined road to a quaint pub called the Woolpack Inn.  It was a cool, slightly rainy night and inside the pub a fire was crackling. It was in this remarkable setting that we were served an absolutely remarkable tomato herb soup.  The soup was very generously served in enormous bowls with a side of toast and English crackers.  We ate like Kings that evening.  What’s more, the soup was all we needed… it filled and satisfied us to the utmost!  What follows is a recipe which I have worked on tirelessly to try to do justice to the original  English soup at the Woolpack Inn.  Try it, and for just a few moments, imagine yourself in a quaint pub in old England.



1 tsp butter
1 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
2 tsp dried parsley flakes
Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cups water or stock
1 cup 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
A few dashes of white pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese to taste
2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)


SAUTE: Heat the butter in a medium sized soup pot and saute the garlic over medium heat for about 30 seconds.
ADD: Add crushed tomatoes.  Add lemon juice, herbs and water or stock and simmer on low heat  stirring occasionally.  Add milk to soup, and return to a simmer.
FINISH: Add salt,  pepper and parmesan.  Serve hot with grated cheddar cheese (optional), garlic bread, toast or crackers.

8 Responses to Creamy Tomato Soup

  1. Leslie says:

    Really tasty! I was in the mood for tomato soup, so decided to try this tonight. I used dried thyme and basil because that is what I had. The herbs gave it some great additional flavor and weren’t too much. Served with sour cream, grated cheese, parmesan cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches. My family all liked it! Will definitely make again.

  2. perfect! I’m hopping over from on the menu Monday,

  3. Jenine Snarr says:

    This recipe looks great! I will try it very soon.

  4. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic week ahead!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Creamy Tomato Soup sounds wonderful for this winters day, your recipe looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Mmm, this sounds so comforting!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week with more deliciousness 🙂

  7. Yummy! Thanks for linking up at my Pin Me Linky Party. I hope you come visit & link again. The party starts tomorrow at 8am CST.


  8. Marti says:

    Sounds and looks great!! I would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    Just follow this link….


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