Thanks to Dei Fratelli for providing the soup for this review!
Is there anything more comforting than a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup?
That's a meal I often find myself making on Saturday nights, when I need to make dinner but don't want to fuss. And it's a meal that I know all of my family members will enjoy. (Except for my eldest daughter, who won't touch anything with tomatoes in it. Even pizza. But that's her problem, more soup for the rest of us.)
Plus, it's an affordable meal. I get bread at ALDI, and American cheese is bought on sale with coupons from Publix.
Recently, I gave a new brand of tomato soup a try - and it made this simple meal so much better!
Dei Fratelli Gluten-Free Tomato Soup is loaded with a true tomato flavor. And, it's one of the very few condensed tomato soups that is 100% gluten free!
As a fourth generation, family-owned company, the Dei Fratelli brand thrives on family traditions. They take a great deal of pride in knowing that their products are made of the finest ingredients possible and that their tomato products are grown from seedlings that they cultivate themselves. When the Dei Fratelli family puts a product on the grocers’ shelves for your family, they do so knowing that they’ve taken the same amount of care and attention to quality that they would if they were placing it on their own family’s table.
Making it was easy, of course, I emptied the can into a small saucepan and added a can of milk. (I love tomato soup made with milk so much better than with water - so creamy!) I heated it on medium while I made the grilled cheese sandwiches.
(I had run out of American cheese, so I used cheddar cheese shreds instead. It worked okay, but some of the cheese ended in the pan and burned. Not so good.)
Once all of the sandwiches were made, the soup was heated up and we were ready to eat!
The first thing I noticed was how fresh the soup tasted. It didn't taste like canned at all! It definitely had a more complex taste than just "tomato."
Then, I noticed that the soup wasn't overly sweet. I'm usually a sweets lover but I really liked that the sweetness was more understated.
By comparing the ingredient labels for the leading canned tomato soup and for the Dei Fratelli soup, it was easy to see the major differences in the soup:
Leading tomato soup: Tomato puree, high fructose corn syrup, wheat flour, water, salt, flavoring, citric acid, other additives.
Dei Fratelli tomato soup: Tomatoes, sugar, rice flour, soybean oil, sea salt, dehydrated onion, peppers, dehydrated garlic, vinegar, citric acid.
There's high fructose corn syrup in some canned soups? Who knew? I try to avoid that product in the food I give my family, so I was happy to see that it isn't in Dei Fratelli. And Dei Fratelli has familiar ingredients such as onions, garlic, and peppers, whereas the leading brand just has "flavoring." What is that?
And for those of you following a gluten-free diet, canned soups generally have wheat flour in them, making them unable to be used. But Dei Fratelli uses rice flour to thicken the soup, so it can be used by people on gluten-free diets. This doesn't affect my family, but it is a good thing to know for those who are affected!
My kids loved it, too! My youngest dipped her grilled cheese sandwich into the soup to get both great tastes at the same time! She definitely recommends this soup, and so do I!
Would you like to try Dei Fratelli gluten-free tomato soup? You can purchase the soup at the Dei Fratelli online store. Dei Fratelli products are also sold at Atwoods, Publix, Harris Teeter, and Dierbergs supermarkets; check with them to see if they carry the Gluten-Free Tomato Soup. If not, ask your grocery to carry them!
Or would you like to try it for free?
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