Repost: Panera Bread's Creamy Tomato Soup

5:30 PM

For lunch today, I made this amazing tomato soup, which I found on the Secret Recipes blog long ago.  Its so good, the kids beg for me to make it about once a month and are sad once the leftovers are all gone.  No kidding.  They love it when I pack it in a thermos for school lunches too.

For grins and giggles, I looked up the post I did on this two years ago (which happens to be one of my very first posts!), and I think I've improved a wee bit since then...  I still have so much to learn photography wise, but I think I've improved a little over the years :P

Anyways, this dreamy, creamy soup is worthy of a "repost," so without further ado, here's the recipe! Please give this a try if you like tomato soup, it is spectacular, and so easy!

Panera Bread's Creamy Tomato Soup
Serves 8

5 tablespoons butter
½ onion, chopped
5 tablespoons flour
4 cups milk (low fat/FF works great!)
½ bay leaf
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon oregano
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 cups crushed tomatoes

1.  Melt the butter in a soup pot.  Add the onion and cook over medium heat, stirring, until the onion is softened but not browned.

2.  Sprinkle the flour over the butter mixture and continue to stir and cook for 1 to 2 minutes.  Slowly add the milk, bay leaf, pepper, oregano, sugar, and salt and continue to cook and stir until slightly thickened.

3.  Stir the baking soda into the tomatoes.  Add the tomatoes to the milk, and bring just to a simmer.

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  1. I definitely want to try this. I became slightly addicted to Panera's tomato soup when I worked so close... =) Although, with it serving 8, maybe I can freeze some...

  2. I LOVE Panera's tomato soup! And what's better than tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch during these winter months?!

    I'm hosting a winter link party today and would love for you to link this up!



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