For as long as I can remember, my Mama has made this soup. She has spoiled me. I can’t even touch the “tomato soup” in a can. What is that stuff anyway? It tastes like a big bowl of nothingness to me. Yuck! (No offense to my husband and dad who actually like that stuff.)
This recipe is SO easy and SO frugal that I just had to share it. I’m tickled that my mom is letting you in on some of her awesome recipes like this and Sausage Macaroni. Can you tell that I was fed well as a child? Annie loves this soup now too! She gobbles it down and begs for more. So, pull up to the computer with your grilled cheese and let’s make soup!
Your base for this soup is a large can of tomato juice. Yes, I do use tomato products in a can. And yes, I am aware that those cans are likely lined with BPA stuff…but I cannot find glass jarred tomato products locally (unless we can them ourselves) and my budget can’t take the hit of ordering them online. So, I eat my tomatoes and pray over dinner. Amen.
What else are you going to need? Flour, sugar, onion powder, salt, pepper, and…………………
Cloves. Yes, I know this sounds really weird. And yes, I know you’re likely making a funny face with your nose all scrunched up. You’re skeptical. I get that…but trust me on this one. The cloves really, REALLY make this soup stand out – it’s special.
If eating cloves is against your religion or the thought of eating cloves makes you want to eat grass (get it?), you can leave them out. But you’ll be eternally sorry for all of eternity…and eternity is a long time.
In a saucepan, pour your tomato juice. Add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, whisking until all the lumps are gone. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring the mixture to a low boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 1 hour, stirring with a whisk occasionally.
When the soup is done, you can strain it and get rid of the cloves. But we like to live dangerously and pick them out as we find them in our bowl…plus, I enjoy sucking on them just a bit before I pitch them. I love the flavor. 😀
Mama’s Tomato Soup with Cloves
- 1 – 46 ounce can Tomato Juice
- 3 to 4 tablespoons flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
- 16 whole cloves
- In a saucepan pour tomato juice.
- Add flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blend with whisk until combined.
- Add sugar, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
- Mix well. Add cloves.
- Bring mixture just to boiling, but do not allow to boil. Simmer for about 1 hour to blend flavors.