Balsamic Roasted Tomato Soup

Thanks to Tuttorosso for asking me to taste test their tomatoes against Hunts. I made a wonderful Roasted Tomato Soup out of them. All opinions are my own.

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Taste tasting canned tomatoes – Tuttorosso versus Hunts.
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My year has been made. Yes, it is only January, but I got to do something I always secretly wanted to do. Pretend to be Chris Kimball on America’s Test Kitchen and taste test some canned tomatoes. What? That isn’t a goal of yours. The taste testing segment on America’s Test Kitchen is my favorite part. I love the way they not only consider taste, but all the tests they do with the products. When Tuttorosso asked me to take their challenge and compare Tuttorosso peeled tomatoes to Hunts, I was in. This was it.

The moment I could pretend to be Chris Kimball. Since this was not going to be a blind taste test, I needed to make sure I was objective. I have companies send me products all the time, and you don’t hear about it unless I like it. In this one, I was going to give the review whether it was good or bad. In all honesty I have had Tuttorosso tomatoes before so I knew I liked them. I had not ever taste tested them against another brand though.
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So first things first.  I had to empty out each can of tomatoes into their own tray.  So exciting!  I set the trays next to each other to properly compare.

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Now the serious part. I got out my handy Tuttorosso Bloggers Cutting Score Card.

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The first challenge was to compare the appearance of the two.  This was in three parts. The first is color.  The tomatoes should be bright red.  The more orange/yellow the lower the score.  Well Hunt’s was more red, so I gave a score of 4 to Hunts and 3 to Tuttorosso.  Next up was uniformity.  Here I was looking at whether the tomatoes were the same size. The more the tomatoes were the same size the higher the score.  Hunt’s tomatoes were dented and a few had fallen apart.  Tuttorosso tomatoes were very uniform in size.

5 points to Tuttorosso and 2 to Hunt’s. The next test is tomato integrity.  That is a test of how firm they look.  Are they mushy and broken or whole tomatoes?  All of the Tuttorosso tomatoes were whole. None looked mashed but two had little dents.  So they scored a 4.  Hunts had multiple broken ones and one appeared mushy, 2 points for Hunts.

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Next I had to look at the amount of peel and seeds present.  I did not see any peel in either, but Hunts was loaded with seeds.  It looked like some tomatoes had been pureed into the juice to make it look more substantial. I have no idea if they do that or not.  4 for Tuttorosso and 2 points for Hunts.

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Next I was asked to move the tomatoes to one side of the tray so I could look at the media (new food term, that is the juice). I was supposed to score this based on the color and consistency.  The thinner the media the lower the score.  Hunts was thicker than Tuttorosso, so they scored 4 to Tuttorosso’s 3 points.

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Time to cut the tomatoes.  Now we are getting the nitty gritty, flavor! The first flavor challenge is tomato flavor.  Duh!  I would hope a canned tomato pretty much tasted like tomato rather than the can.  The first test was about tomato flavor intensity.  How much tomato flavor did I taste.  Did it remind me of a ripe tomato picked out of our garden?  First the Tuttorosso.  It tasted like I would expect a canned tomato to taste.

No it wasn’t as fresh as a home-grown just picked tomato, but I could definitely identify it as tomato and not metal.  Next the Hunts.  To be honest, it was all I could do not to spit it out immediately.  There was no tomato taste.  All I tasted was metal.  Score 4 for Tuttorosso and 1 for Hunts.

The final challenge was the flavor attributes.  Do you taste off notes like metal or do they taste stale?  Tuttorosso tasted like a tomato and Hunt’s tasted horrible.  I was looking for a glass of water.  I gave them 1 point, but I think that might have been overly fair.  There is not a chance I would eat the Hunt’s.

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The verdict was 27 points for Tuttorosso and 16 points for Hunt’s.  The differences did not stop there.  Tuttorosso uses non-BPA/BPS lined cans and are non-GMO project verified.   They are also made in the USA and have no artificial flavors or colors.  I am guessing that is why Hunt’s looked more red.  I’ll have to investigate that more. Tuttorosso also uses family owned and operated growers. They are also trying to be more eco-friendly and strive to be Landfill free by 2017.  I had to look up what that meant.  It was a new term to me, but one I am going to look for with other companies.  What it means is that less than one percent of their process waste, including manufacturing, office, packaging, etc is being sent to a landfill as waste.

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Try it for yourself.  Buy a can of Tuttorosso and Hunt’s and take the challenge.  You will be amazed at the difference. Then make this delicious roasted tomato soup recipe.
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Christie

Roasted Tomato Balsamic Soup and Tuttorosso Canned Tomato Challenge

Course Soup, Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 117 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 2 cans 28 oz. Tuttorosso whole peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 5 garlic cloves smashed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small carrot chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth divided
  • 3 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 3/4 cup cashew milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500*. Spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Pour tomatoes into the baking dish. Add garlic, onions and carrot.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup broth, vinegar, soy sauce and fennel seeds.
  4. Pour over tomatoes and stir.
  5. Bake for 50 minutes.
  6. Spoon into a blender and add remaining 1/2 cup broth and milk.
  7. Take the plastic top out of the lid of your blender.
  8. Place a kitchen towel on top and puree the soup.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Recipe Notes

I calculated 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Tomato Balsamic Soup and Tuttorosso Canned Tomato Challenge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 12g
Protein 4g 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Comments

  1. Great challenge. I have used both kinds myself. I love your tomato soup recipe... the use of fennel and cashew milk is really fun. :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I adore fennel and tomato together. Cashew milk is so much lower in calories than reduced fat milk and added a nice creamy texture.
  2. What a fun challenge! It is really neat to see the comparison. And this soup sounds amazing! Love tomato soup :)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      It was a fun challenge and this soup has become a favorite. I made another batch as soon as I finished the first batch of soup.
  3. What a fun challenge! I buy all different brands of canned tomatoes depending on price, I should pull some out and compare them like this!
  4. Oh my gosh, how fun!! I have done this in an ad hoc way with other ingredients/brands, but would love to do something more formal to really get a sense of the true nature of the ingredients we buy and use every day. To be honest, I've used Hunt's for years, and have not tried Tuttoroos before. But now it's being added to my grocery list so I can do the comparison, too! From the looks of your review, the results are likely to be very similar. Thanks for a great review!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I think you will be shocked with the taste difference Dee Dee. The tastes were so entirely different.
  5. interesting results, and a fun comparison! I love the sound of this soup, saving to make soon!
  6. You can never go wrong with a soup like this. Interesting to see which brand of tomatoes you prefer.
  7. I've never heard of Tuttorosso. Will give them in a shot next time. Thanks for comparing the two!
  8. This looks great! I will definitely try out tuttorosso tomatoes next time I buy canned. I find myself becoming pickier about the taste of my canned tomotoes as I get older. It's nice to hear there are some good alternatives out there.
  9. The inconsistency of canned tomatoes drives me insane! Haven't seen that brand but will be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, gonna make that soup regardless! Looks and sound amazing!
  10. This would be a HUGE hit in my house -- we devour anything that combines tomatoes and balsamic! YUM!
  11. Where have I been? I've never tried Tuttorosso tomatoes! Now I'm excited to try them. Glad to learn their canning practice is leaps and bounds above the competition! Your soup looks outstanding!
  12. this looks like an amazing soup! I've never had balsamic in it before - and i must say the tomato testing... GREAT idea!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Kaitie. I really loved the slight sweetness the balsamic vinegar brought to the soup. That way I did not need to add any sugar.
  13. My Italian Mom will only use tuttotosso. ( also in italy, they will only use Barilla)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kristen, I expected to be able to taste a small taste difference, but the difference was huge. I am a converter.
  14. It's amazing the differences in canned tomatoes. You can see the tuttorosso is definitely a better looking product!
  15. This looks like such a fun taste challenge! :) I haven't heard of Tuttorosso before, but I am definitely going to be on the look out for them when I go grocery shopping this week. BTW, that soup looks amazing!
  16. Wow. That's quite a difference. I agree though, a good canned tomato is totally worth the price because it really makes recipes taste so much better.
  17. This soup looks delicious. I'm going to have to try Tuttorosso and do my own taste test. It looks so much better.
  18. I love tomatoes and balsamic, so I know I'd love this soup! Great recipe!
  19. Erica Schwarz says
    Tuttorosso tomatoes go on sale at my grocery store, so I buy them regularly. I prefer them for my marinara. I have never done a side-by-side, but I'm not surprised with what you observed. Great review!
  20. Great post Christie! I will be looking for these tomatoes the next time I am out shopping for certain.

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