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Copycat Zio’s Tomato Florentine Soup

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zio's tomato florentine soup

One of my favorite dinners or even lunch in the fall and winter is grilled cheese and tomato soup.  The ultimate tip to having the perfect grilled cheese and tomato soup is the soup!  The condensed tomato out of the can is just not the same as having homemade tomato soup.

One that we have often is my Cream of Tomato Soup; however, this particular time I decided to try a recipe for the Zio’s Tomato Florentine that I found on

This soup includes flour and it’s that one little drop of flour that makes me unable to eat it at the restaurant; however, it is so easy to make at home with a gluten free flour alternative!  All I did was a simple switch of flour and my guest could not tell the difference.

Another change I made to this recipe was substituting fat free 1/2 & 1/2 instead of the heavy cream.  It did make it a bit less creamy than the original but the savings on fat and calories made it worth it plus it was still amazing!

zio's tomato florentine soup

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Copycat Zio's Tomato Florentine Soup


  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 Tbsp Flour or Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Diced Onion
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Clove Fresh Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 28oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Ketchup
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable Juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp Dried Basil
  • 2 Tbsp Dried Dill Weed
  • 1/4 Tsp Hot Pepper Sauce
  • Pinch of Sugar
  • Pinch of Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp White Cooking Wine
  • 2 Cups Fat Free 1/2 and 1/2
  • 1/2 Cup Fresh Chopped Spinach


  1. Begin by heating the 3 Tbsp of Butter and whisk in the flour over medium heat. Once this gets bubbly and well combined set aside.
  2. In a large stock pot, place the onion and butter and saute them over medium heat, adding in the garlic. Let this simmer for about 5 minutes then add in the chicken broth, crushed tomatoes, ketchup, vegetable juice, basil, dill, hot pepper sauce, sugar, pepper, and wine.
  3. Let this simmer and cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Next add in the flour and butter mixture that was sitting aside, whisk this in. Let this cook and simmer for 30 minutes on medium heat.
  5. Pour in the 1/2 and 1/2 and mix well then add in the spinach.
  6. Let this warm for about 5 minutes then serve.


Recipe Adapted From:


Enjoy this wonderful soup!

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10 Responses to “Copycat Zio’s Tomato Florentine Soup”

  1. marthaposted May 7, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Great post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Kudos!


  2. Arielle Matlinposted January 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Delicious looking! I just included the recipe in my blog post round up found here!


    • Kristy Stillreplied January 7th, 2014 at 6:22 pm

      Thank you for sharing, love your round up!

  3. Nancy S.posted June 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Where did you add the half and half? It looks delicious but I would like to know at what point to add the half and half. Thanks.


    • Kristyreplied June 5th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      You add it in after it simmers for 30 minutes, then you let it warm for about 5 minutes with the 1/2 and 1/2 and spinach.

  4. Kimberly Penaposted December 5, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Could I use any hot sauce instead of hot pepper sauce? I wasn’t quite sure what you meant by it, do you have a specific brand you use?


  5. Judyposted February 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I would like to try this, I’ve had Zio’s Tomato Florentine soup many times but it didn’t have the spinach in it and I don’t do well with hot sauce, I didn’t taste anything hot. Is this your addition or another Zio’s soup?


    • Kristyreplied February 21st, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      It’s similar to Zio’s, I don’t think this one is spicy though at all.


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