I've made the recipe as written and tweaked it and both versions are good. This last time I used a small beet* instead of the sugar. Didn't notice much, if any, difference in taste. Bit more healthy then sugar.
*diced small, added with the onions and garlic. Make sure to blend the soup thoroughly. I didn't even bother taking the skin off the beet and I didn't notice any differences in texture but your mileage may vary.
I made this soup yummy. I did not use any sugar.
Instead I used 4 carrots (for their sweetness) and diced them and sauted them for 5 minutes along with the onion and garlic before adding the rest of the ingredients.
I read the other reviews of "too sweet", so I started with 2 T sugar but increased another 2 T to make a full 1/4 cup. Remember it depends on what brand of crushed tomatoes you use on how much sweetness will be needed. A good cook always starts with less and increases! I used Hunts. Well done Todd, you haven't disappointed us yet.
Oct 23, 2015, 22:00
Thanks to other reviews, I used much less sugar. I also skipped the pur_e step and it was fabulous!!
Oct 11, 2015, 22:00
This soup is amazing. I made two changes, I used half and half instead of whipping cream to save 400 calories and I used 2 tablespoons of sugar, otherwise too sweet.
Jun 24, 2015, 22:00
My daughter ONLY likes the tomato soup from Applebee's. I was concerned about the additives and preservatives used in restaurants so I decided to make my own.
After trying several tomato soup recipes this one is the winner!! Now she prefers my homemade tomato soup than Applebee's soup ;)
I cut down all the ingredients in half (added only 2 tbsp of sugar).
Served with garlic breadsticks and cesaer salad!!
It was delicious!
Mar 14, 2015, 22:00
Awesome as is. Next time I will add abit of parmasen cheese.
Mar 10, 2015, 22:00
I've made this a few times now. LESS sugar is the key to making this soup. And always use fresh herbs if possible. Makes a HUGE difference. My guests always love the added part on time. Enjoy
Feb 15, 2015, 22:00
we loved this soup!! Added noodles and everyone in the family had seconds. Make it again good!