4B’s old fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup could be considered the stuff of legend.
Every morning at 5:30 AM back in the day, I would stop in at the 4B’s restaurant on the corner of Brooks and Reserve street in Missoula for coffee.
Nearly every Friday afternoon I would stop in at that location for a bite to eat before heading home after work. In the winter I would settle in for a bowl of 4B’s old fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup.
The soup was so good and at the time I never thought to ask for the recipe — I just ordered it up along with a burger or a sandwich and that was that.
Along about the year 2007 4B’s had decided to go out of business and were looking to sell their locations. Town Pump stepped in and bought the 4B’s brand along with all of the property they owned outright.
Some 4B’s restaurant locations were closed permanently so it’s footprint in the state was greatly reduced.
4B’s old fashioned Tomato Soup however still lives on, as legends often do, with the remaining 4B’s restaurants and other places across the internet by way of the simple recipes for it.
The recipe for 4B’s old fashioned Tomato Soup is public information (as 4B’s originally wanted) so I’ve taken the time to write the recipe down below.
32 ounces tomatoes (canned and diced)
9 ounces chicken broth
1 ounce butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 pinch baking soda
2 cups cream
Mix tomatoes, chicken broth, butter, sugar, onions and soda.
Simmer over low heat for 1 hour.
Heat cream in a double boiler.
Add cream to hot tomato mixture and serve.
You can use coffee creamer or half and half in place of the cream for the most authentic flavor.
After 2007 many of our 4B’s restaurants closed down. One of the hallmarks of our 4B’s experience was the 4B’s Old Fashioned Cream of Tomato Soup shown above.
Our 4B’s restaurant here in Great Falls, Montana still serves the original 4B’s tomato soup recipe.
nutritional data points:
145 calories, 12 grams fat, 7 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in carbs.