OK, I happened to be in midstate PA last month and stopped at a local chain (Isaacs) soup and sandwich shop.

I usually don’t order soup but it was cold and the booth next to me had 2 bowls and it was looking pretty good so I decided to try it.  I’ve never had tomato soup this good!

I decided to look up a recipe online and found one that was close and modified it a bit.  Try it and let me know what you think.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 – (14-16 oz) cans Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 – (10-12 oz) cans condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 6 oz. pepper jack cheese, grated
  • Tabasco or Red’s hot sauce


  • In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in tomatoes, condensed soup, salt, pepper, sugar, basil, paprika and garlic powder.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in milk, cream cheese & pepper jack until melted. Add a few drops of hot pepper sauce to taste.  Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).