Peanut Butter Tomato Soup

My aunt used to make this quick soup for my uncle.  I always thought is was just one of his food quarks.  It turns out to be a recipe from the Depression or at least a way to add flavor to a can of condensed tomato soup.  One of Taste of Home readers sent in the recipe with an explanation that she learned it in school cooking class in 1932.  My aunt and uncle graduated from school in 1936 so that would make it a depression recipe that he loved from his childhood and not a individual food craving.  He also loved sweet pickles on peanut butter sandwiches.  Campbell’s canned soup was a staple in the pantry because it didn’t need refrigeration and was a quick meal starter.  When the Depression  started, rural United States did not have an electric grid, only in the cities.  So the Campbell company did well during the depression and grew.  Many of the recipes today that we use condensed soup in were from the first half of the 20th century.  This one is more of the unusual ones that turns out to be good.  

Here is something fun that can be tried with the kids on a cold rainy day, to taste test this recipe. 

Peanut Butter Tomato  Soup

  • Servings: 2 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • I can condensed tomato soup (10.75 ounces)
  • I can of milk (1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons of creamy peanut butter
  • Shredded cheese to sprinkle on the serving


On medium heat in a sauce pan combine condensed tomato soup with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.  Then gently stir in milk using the can to measure with.  Whisk while heating and taste for flavor.  You can add the other tablespoon if needed.  When hot serve with a shredded cheese on top and saltine crackers on the side.  Makes 2 servings. 

I microwaved this because I had the stove in use canning chicken stock.  It only took about 5 minutes from can to table.  I also used more peanut butter then what the recipe calls for.  I had an off brand soup that was very tart.  It went well with the chicken sandwich I included in my lunch.  I can see why this was done during the Depression, to add protein to a sparse diet.  


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter-in-law just made a venison stew with peanut butter and it was wonderful! I guess we shouldn’t just dismiss peanut butter!

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  2. trkingmomoe says:

    It has a nutty mild flavor to it and I could see why that would be good with wild meat. Asians and Africans use peanuts in their cooking. Maybe we will see more peanuts in our cooking in the coming years. Thanks for stopping in and sharing.

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  3. This does sound good! I’m out of tomato soup but will buy it next trip and try it! Simple foods are often the most satisfying.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I hope you enjoy it. The peanut butter enhances the tomato flavor. The cheddar cheese is just the right touch. I added the crackers one at a time for that crunch. I would not posted this if you had not mentioned your tomato peanut butter toast. Food should be fun and this combo is. Thanks for your comment.


  4. I make peanut butter soup with Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup. I add about 2 heaping T and use milk for the liquid, and it’s one of my very favorite things! I can’t wait to try it with Tomato!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Thanks for adding this to the comment section. Cream of celery was one of the canned soups I ate as a kid and loved it. I am just fascinated with how long people have been putting peanut butter in cream soups. It is something you can add to your items for future blogs list.

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  6. dawn says:

    Yes, other cultures (successfully) use peanut butter or peanut sauces/dips, etc..
    I personally am in no position to say anything negative (or make fun of) about anyone’s recipes, foods or food posts; NOT when I have a “hotdog soup” on mine 😉😜😁😆😍☺

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      Hot dogs tastes good in soup. Also great in fried potatoes to make poor man’s dinner. Thanks for stopping by.


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