Gypsy Cafe Tomato Soup

Time 1 hour
Yields Serves 4 to 6
Gypsy Cafe Tomato Soup
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Dear SOS: I have been unable to figure out what makes the Famous Gypsy Style Tomato Soup so good at Gypsy Cafe in Westwood. A few of us on campus have tried to re-create it and failed miserably. Hope you can help.

R. Moreno

Los Angeles

Dear R.: Potato is the surprise ingredient in this tasty, yet simple, tomato soup. Sauteing the onions and using cream and Parmesan can’t hurt either.


Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion and saute until tender, 5 minutes. Place onion and potato in food processor and puree until smooth. Combine tomato sauce and half-and-half in large saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 to 15 minutes. Add potato-onion mixture and cook, stirring occasionally, until thick and smooth. Add cheese. Mix chicken base with water and stir into soup. Simmer over low heat 5 to 10 minutes. Add dash oregano before serving.