Friday, March 6, 2015

Warwick School District Tomato Soup

This is the recipe from my childhood. Our school cafeterias made this soup from scratch. They served it with a choice of sub or salisbury steak sandwich.

12 c. Tomatoes peeled and pureed (I just used two 28 oz can of tomatoes and one weird 35 oz can and pureed them in blender)
3/4 c sugar
1.5 qt water
1T onion flake
3/4 tsp celery salt
2 oz (1/4 cup) Beef base (calls for Major Beef Style Soup Base. I have been using Better than Bouillon)
14 T Butter
1/2 cup flour

Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil. 

In a small saucepan, Melt butter. Add flour and stir to make a roux (It will be more of a slurry). While soup is boiling add the roux to thicken. 

Makes 4-5 quarts


  1. Hello Jill,

    I am a 1981 graduate of Warwick and I remember this soup. I cannot believe that someone else liked it too and thought enough to post a recipe for it. I've wondered if it exists anywhere and have wanted to try to make it for many years, I will try now. How did you find this recipe? When did you graduate? I thought our lunches were pretty good and prepared with care on site by a team of lunch ladies. You don't see that anywhere any more.

    When I was there they served it with a toasted cheese sandwich.

    Thank you so much.

    Joe Hanna

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    1. Joe, I graduated in 1987. I got the recipe from my uncle, Ken Keener who was given this recipe upon his retirement from teaching at Warwick High School. You would have graduated with his son, my cousin, Craig.